Lesson Transcript

Gabriella: What’s the best way to master pronunciation and sound like a native speaker? Tune in to find out!
Gabriella: Welcome to Innovative Language.com Sunday News! I'm Gabriella and I'll be hosting today's Sunday news with the founder of Innovative Language... Peter!
Peter: Hi everyone! Peter here.
Gabriella: In this Sunday News, we’ve updated the voice recorder and will give you the sneak peek!
Peter: Listeners, here’s one thing that most language learners aren’t doing to master pronunciation
Gabriella: They’re not recording themselves speaking the language.
Peter: And recording yourself isn’t something that comes to mind for most learners...
Gabriella: Right. I never really thought to do it when learning languages.
Peter: laughs, That’s because we’re told to just go read a textbook. But here’s why it’s so important to record yourself.
Gabriella: First... even if you’re shadowing a native speaker or just listening to them...
Peter: You might think you sound like them...
Gabriella: ...but until you record yourself, you’ll never know.
Peter: So find out what you sound like.
Gabriella: Most native speakers will correct your grammar... but they’ll almost NEVER correct your accent
Peter: Very true Gabriella. That’s why learners never bother much with pronunciation.
Gabriella: Secondly, once you record, you can compare yourself with a native speaker
Peter: This is extremely effective because you’ll immediately hear the difference between yourself and the natives.
Gabriella: And there’s going to be a difference if you’re trying this for the first time!
Peter: Which leads us to the third point. Once you compare yourself, you start improving instantly!
Gabriella: It’s just a matter of adjusting your pronunciation, recording, and comparing until you sound like a native
Peter: And yet so few learners do this, Gabriella!
Gabriella: I think most learners just assume they’re picking it up automatically...
Peter: It’s not always automatic even if you’re listening to natives. You must hear yourself.
Gabriella: So how can our listeners start doing this right now?
Peter: Easy. This is where our newly updated Voice Recording Tool comes in.
Gabriella: It’s awesome listeners, and it comes in every one of your lessons.
Peter: Simply put, use it with our lessons to record the lesson conversations by speaking out loud.
Gabriella: So you hear the native speaker, you repeat what they said into the voice recorder...
Peter: ...And then play back to compare.
Gabriella: Oh, and you can even play both, the native recording and yours, at the same time
Peter: This is incredibly useful! You instantly hear how close you are to sounding like a native.
Gabriella: And you will easily know how to fix your pronunciation
Peter: It’s like having someone tell you what you actually sound like and what you should sound like.
Gabriella: So listeners, give the Voice Recording Tool a try!
Peter: You might think it’s uncomfortable to hear your voice... but after a few tries, you’ll love it.
Gabriella: In fact, when we removed this feature, users started emailing us asking where it went.
Peter: Well, we only took it down to upgrade it! It’s back, don't worry.
Gabriella: Listeners, you’ll find the voice recorder in the Lesson Materials section.
Peter: It will be inside the Line by Line Audio.
Gabriella: Next to each line, you’ll see a microphone icon
Peter: See it? Just click on that icon to open up the Voice Recorder
Gabriella: By the way Peter, this is a Premium feature right?
Peter: It is. Listeners, if you have a Premium account, here’s a great updated feature for you
Gabriella: And if you want to get Premium, we have a quick discount for you too!
Peter: Sign up for any Premium subscription and save 15% instantly before Wednesday, September 11th, 2013.
Gabriella: You unlock our complete lesson library, lesson notes, and Premium Tools like the voice recorder..
Peter: Your coupon link is in the lesson description, so make sure you click on it right now.
Gabriella: Or use coupon code VRT15, thats V-R-T-1-5 at checkout.
Peter: Hurry, listeners! This quick discount ends Wednesday, September 11th, 2013.
Gabriella: And that’s all we've got time for– You’ve been listening to Innovative Language.com Sunday News!
Peter: Bye everyone!
Gabriella: Thank you for listening, and we’ll see you all next time.


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September 8th, 2013 at 06:30 PM
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How do you practice your Japanese pronunciation? Have you tried recording yourself?

May 10th, 2019 at 08:09 PM
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Hi Tom,

This lesson is part of the News series and doesn't include the [Dialogue] nor the [Vocabulary] sections, which are the ones that have the voice recording feature.

To check it out, please access our audio or video series in our Lesson Library:


As an example, you can check out this series:

Before You Travel: Survival Phrases


The voice recorder is in both the [Dialogue] and the [Vocabulary] sections.

It pops out when you click on the microphone icon.

PS: The voice recording tool is developed by Flash, and you need access to the site on your PC or Mac to enjoy the feature.


Cristiane (クリスチアネ)

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May 8th, 2019 at 11:01 AM
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Is the Voice Recorder still available, I cant find it anywhere. it was one of the main reasons I signed up for a premium account

Paul (ポール)
December 12th, 2016 at 08:51 AM
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I'm having an issue with the voice recorder. When I go to click on the record button, nothing happens. Is the voice recorder currently working? I'm using Google Chrome.


JapanesePod101.com Verified
October 1st, 2015 at 01:18 PM
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Hi Shaylee,

when you are in a lesson page, please click "2.Lesson Materials." There, you can find the microphone icon next to each line. Click the icon, record your voice and compare it with the native speaker's pronunciation.

I hope this helps!

Thank you,


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September 27th, 2015 at 02:07 AM
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Where can I find the Voice Recorder on the site?:smile:

JapanesePod101.com Verified
September 21st, 2013 at 02:54 PM
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C.L. san,

thank you very much for a kind comment! :smile:

Hope your rough time will be over soon:wink:


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September 19th, 2013 at 11:01 PM
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I ride the rails and play Jpod, and I copy the way it is spoken. The early lessons were so fun!:thumbsup: These days I have been having a very rough time in life, and those podcasts (2005-06, while Chigusa, Takase and Yoshi were still part of Jpod) have kept my spirits up. From a hobby on the sidelines to my favourite getaway, you guys have made it. 頑張ってください!