For learning Chinese and checking pronunciation! How to use the free text-to-speech service "Ondoku"
April 5, 2021
Hello, this is Ondoku.
Since Chinese is an "ideographic character" , you can understand the meaning just by looking at the characters, but it is difficult to imagine the pronunciation.
In English, it is a "phonetic character" that expresses pronunciation, so you can roughly imagine the pronunciation, but not in Chinese.
Moreover, even if Chinese is the same Chinese character as Japanese, Chinese and Japanese are pronounced differently.
In addition, Chinese has completely different meanings and words due to intonation.
When I listen to it like this, I feel that it is a very difficult language ...
However, Japanese people know kanji, so they can understand the meaning by exchanging only characters.
Taking advantage of these advantages, Japanese people are overwhelmingly more advantageous in learning Chinese than people in other countries.
That's why I want to master pronunciation and talk to Chinese people in Chinese.
One of the things that Japanese people tend to fall into is that when they talk in Chinese, they say, "My Chinese pronunciation is bad and I can't understand the meaning ."
A service that reads out Chinese helps you overcome such problems.
Check Chinese pronunciation
How do you check the pronunciation of Chinese?
For a long time, there was a method of checking with the CD that comes with textbooks and reference books.
But now there are many more useful ones.
For those of you who are studying Chinese, a service that reads out the voice of words and sentences will be a strong ally in the future.
These services have increased significantly over the last few years.
- I want to check the pronunciation of a word
- I want to check the pronunciation of sentences
- Also supports simplified and traditional Chinese
"Ondoku" is an attractive reading site that meets your needs for studying various Chinese.
This time, I will introduce a service called "Ondoku" which is very convenient for checking the pronunciation of Chinese.
Ondoku, a service that allows you to easily read Chinese
Ondoku is a relatively new text-to-speech service that was just released in May 2020.
Unlike the old-fashioned text-to-speech software from a long time ago, it is simple and easy to operate.
It is used by people who want to read aloud various sentences, and is used not only by individuals but also by many corporations.
- Narration such as Youtube,
- Creation of teaching materials at schools and private schools,
- Utilization for in-house training, etc.
It also supports commercial use.
In addition to these uses, this service is also ideal for checking the pronunciation of people like us who are studying Chinese !
It also supports simplified and traditional Chinese characters, and since there are multiple speakers such as women and men, you can choose your favorite voice.
In addition to this, it supports 33 languages, so it can be used for language learning other than Chinese.
It is basically free to use, and if you want to increase the number of characters read out, you need to use it for a fee.
However, if you just want to check the pronunciation of Chinese, you can use it within the free range.
How to use Ondoku
Using Ondoku for free is very easy.
There is no need to download apps or software. One of the attractions is that you can do everything with a web browser.
How to use
- Visit Ondoku's site
- Enter the characters you want to read in the text box (copy and paste is also OK)
- Adjust to your favorite settings such as voice type and voice speed
- Click read aloud
The site supports Japanese, so you don't have to worry about "what are you writing about this?"
Overseas sites tend to be scary until you understand how to use them, but Japanese sites are safe!
In addition, the audio can also be downloaded in MP3 format.
Textbooks and prints can be read aloud
Convenient functions hidden in Ondoku
It is a function that "when you upload an image, the text is read aloud".
This is a function that allows you to read out images taken with a smartphone etc. by voice.
You can take pictures of picture books, books, textbooks, etc. and read them aloud on Ondoku.
Chinese is very convenient because some characters cannot be entered from Japanese smartphones and computers!
This is a function that solves the problem of "I don't know how to read" when teaching Chinese to children at home or reading Chinese textbooks.
What's more, you don't have to enter each word by yourself, so it's very convenient without any hassle.
[Image → How to use the text reading function]
- Access the top page of Ondoku
- There are "Text" and "Image" tabs above the text box
- Click the "Image" tab
- Click Upload Image and select your favorite image * For smartphones You can also start the camera here and take a picture directly.
- After selecting an image, adjust the reading speed and high / low.
- Click the read aloud button
Then you can analyze the image and read the voice aloud in a few seconds.
After loading the image, the recognized characters will be displayed in the text box.
If the reading is strange due to a recognition error, you can edit it here.
Detailed usage is introduced here.
How to use Ondoku's image reading function
Ondoku is perfect for learning Chinese
Check Chinese pronunciation and read Chinese sentences aloud. Furthermore, it can recognize characters from images and read Chinese aloud ...! Ondoku is very convenient.
It's a really good time to be able to use so many functions for free.
You can try it now because it's free to use!
Excellent Ondoku who reads out in Chinese pronunciation, I hope it will help you to study Chinese.
Please use it.
"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.