For learning Chinese and checking pronunciation! How to use the free text-to-speech service "Ondoku"
Sept. 6, 2023
Hello, this is Ondoku.
In English, the pronunciation is represented by "phonetic characters" , so you can roughly imagine the pronunciation, but that is not the case in Chinese.
Moreover, Chinese and Japanese have the same kanji, but Chinese and Japanese have different pronunciations. In addition, Chinese has completely different meanings and words depending on intonation (four sounds).
When I hear it like this, I feel like it's a very difficult language...
However, Japanese people know kanji, so they can understand the meaning if only letters are exchanged.
Taking advantage of such advantages, Japanese people have an overwhelming advantage in learning Chinese compared to people from other countries .
That's why I want to master the pronunciation and talk to Chinese people in Chinese.
One thing that Japanese people tend to fall into is that when they have a conversation in Chinese , they say, "My Chinese pronunciation is so bad that I can't get the meaning across."
Check the Chinese pronunciation
How do you check your Chinese pronunciation?
A long time ago, there was a method of checking with textbooks and CDs that came with reference books.
But now there are many more useful things.
For those of you who are studying Chinese, a service that reads out words and sentences aloud will be a strong ally in the future.
- I want to check the pronunciation of a word
- I want to check the pronunciation of a sentence
- Supports both simplified and traditional Chinese characters
"Ondoku" is an attractive reading site that meets your needs for studying Chinese.
This time, we will introduce a service called "Ondoku" that is very convenient for checking Chinese pronunciation.
Ondoku, a service that allows you to easily read Chinese
Ondoku is a text-to-speech service released in May 2020. Simple and easy to operate.
It is used by people who want to read out various sentences, and is used not only by individuals but also by many corporations.
- Narration such as Youtube,
- Creating teaching materials for schools and cram schools,
- Utilization for in-house training, etc.
It also supports commercial use.
In addition to these uses, this service is also perfect for checking pronunciation for those who are studying Chinese like us !
Simplified and traditional Chinese characters are also supported, and there are multiple speakers such as women and men, so you can choose your favorite voice .
Chinese Ondoku phonetic types
Voices include female, male, girl, and boy voices.
- Mandarin Chinese (Mainland China)
Men: 10 types
Female: 16 types
Boys: 3 types
Girls: 3 types
- Cantonese (Hong Kong)
Men: 1 type
Female: 2 types
- Japanese (Taiwan)
Men: 3 types
Female: 3 types
Each human speaker has their own pronunciation, so you can hear real Chinese.
- The ability to speak faster or slower ,
- Function to make the pitch of the voice high or low
is also provided. By changing the setting, the impression changes, and the ease of listening also changes.
Please try it out for free .
In addition to this, it supports 80 languages , so you can use it for language learning other than Chinese.
You can use it for free, but if you want to increase the number of reading characters, you need to use it for a fee.
However, if you just want to check Chinese pronunciation, you can use it for free.
How to use Ondoku
Using Ondoku for free is very easy.
No need to download apps or software. One of the attractions is that everything can be done in a web browser.
how to use
- Access the Ondoku site
- Enter the characters you want to read in the text box (copy and paste is also OK)
- Adjust to your preferred settings such as language, voice type and voice speed
- Click "Read"
Since the site supports Japanese, there is no need to worry about "What is this written?"
When it comes to overseas sites, it tends to be scary until you understand how to use it, but it's safe to use the Japanese site!
Additionally, the audio can also be downloaded in MP3 format .
Textbooks and printouts can be read aloud
Hidden useful features in Ondoku
It is a function that reads out sentences when images are uploaded .
This is a function that allows you to read aloud images taken with a smartphone or other device.
Chinese is very convenient because there are some characters that cannot be entered from Japanese smartphones or computers!
This is a function that instantly solves the problem of "I don't know what to read" when teaching Chinese to children at home or reading Chinese textbooks.
What's more, you don't have to enter words one by one, so it's very convenient.
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- Access the top page of Ondoku
- There are tabs for "Text" and "Image" above the text box.
- Click the "Images" tab
- Click the image upload and select the image you like.
- After selecting the image, adjust the reading speed and height.
- click the read button
You can then analyze the image and read the audio in a few seconds.
After loading the image, the recognized characters will be displayed in the text box.
If there is a recognition error, etc., and the reading is strange, you can edit it here.
Detailed usage is introduced here.
Ondoku is perfect for learning Chinese
Check Chinese pronunciation and read out Chinese sentences. In addition, it can read out Chinese by recognizing characters from images...! Ondoku is very convenient.
It's been a really good time to be able to use so many functions for free.
It's free, so you can try it now!
An excellent Ondoku that can read with Chinese pronunciation, I hope it will help you to study Chinese.
Please try using it.
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"Ondoku" is a Text-to-Speech service that anyone can use for free without installation. You can also use an extension ( Ondoku3-ChatGPT ) that allows you to talk with ChatGPT for free.