Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Top Five Voice Recording Apps for TOEFL Speaking Practice Drills

Have you ever heard your own voice? If you do, then you would be shocked with how pleasant or disturbing your voice is. Some people even sound very differently with their voice on record. Recording your own voice is an advantage most especially if you are taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language is an English proficiency examination gauging a candidate’s ability to understand and use the English language in an academic content. Like any other English proficiency examinations, the TOEFL has a speaking section. The speaking section is composed of six different tasks divided into independent and integrated tasks. Each task is recorded so candidates need not feel nervous speaking in front of a native speaker.

Most candidates for the TOEFL test are encouraged to practice speaking at home – to practice their pronunciation and tone while speaking. As part of this practice, it is best to have voice recording apps installed in your computers. Here are some useful voice recording apps you can download on your computers.

1. Audacity

Audacity has very perfect tools in voice recording. Press “record” and talk as long as you want. Once you are done, press “stop” and “play” to listen to your voice recording. In addition, you can listen to audio passages through audacity and adjust the speed of the audio just by adjusting some effects.

 
2. MooO Voice Recorder
Simple yet effective – with simple clicks on the buttons you can record your voice and play it over and over again. Its simple interface makes it easier for candidates to navigate through the program.





3. Audionote

Available in Windows and Mac, this program is also very easy to navigate. It has a notepad that goes along with the program for the candidate to write notes while speaking. This is best for recording long passages as the candidate can paste the copy right on the voice recorder.





4. RecordPad Sound Recording

Perfect for recording sound, voice, notes or any other audio file. Candidates can have these audio files saved in wav, mp3 or aiff formats.





5. WavePad

Also an audio editor, Wavepad is also used for voice recordings. Also, you can add special effects on your recording. It supports all audio files so you can have it saved in any format.






Any of the featured apps are helpful in recording your voices in practice for the TOEFL speaking test. Listen to your pronunciation and improve the manner of your speaking with these helpful tools in voice recording.

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