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    Dictionary audio-books

    I have always had this quite nerdy habit of browsing dictionaries aimlessly.
    I would like to do the same but listening instead of reading and I have tried with no avail to find an audio-dictionary.

    (a) Do you know of the existence of any dictionary audio-book?

    (b) If no to (a), do you know of a digital dictionary (e.g. the software version of the ODE) that could manage to be an acceptable surrogate? For example, the software has an option similar to Acrobat Reader's read-out-lout, but without the hyper-mechanical reading of phonetic notations and newlines.

    If neither (a) or (b) exist, do you deem feasible to start a librivox-alike project or even a kickstarter campaign and get the thing going?

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    Re: Dictionary audio-books

    Quote Originally Posted by mlm11011 View Post
    I have always had this quite nerdy habit of browsing dictionaries aimlessly.
    I would like to do the same but listening instead of reading and I have tried with no avail to find an audio-dictionary.


    (a) Do you know of the existence of any dictionary audio-book?


    (b) If no to (a), do you know of a digital dictionary (e.g. the software version of the ODE) that could manage to be an acceptable surrogate? For example, the software has an option similar to Acrobat Reader's read-out-lout, but without the hyper-mechanical reading of phonetic notations and newlines.


    If neither (a) or (b) exist, do you deem feasible to start a librivox-alike project or even a kickstarter campaign and get the thing going?

    Welcome, Mlm!

    I can't imagine an audio dictionary. How would you look up a word?

    There are lots of online dictionaries. Just go to one, type two or three letters in the search field, and pick a word that appears in the dropdown menu. I just typed BRO into Merriam-Webster's search field and got a long list of words to choose from.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Dictionary audio-books

    You can find information about English audio dictionaries here.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 05-Mar-2021 at 12:39. Reason: Fix link - thanks, emsr2d2.
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    Re: Dictionary audio-books

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    You can find information about English audio dictionaries here.
    Yes, Mim, that's what I'm talking about. Rather than an audio book, you need an online dictionary.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Dictionary audio-books

    Most online dictionaries that I have seen give the pronunciation of the word, but not the rest of the text.

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