Audio Pronunciation Help

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Dictionary.com Audio Pronunciation.

Where can I hear a word's audio pronunciation?

When you perform a word search on Dictionary.com, you'll be returned results for your query from a number of dictionary sources including The American Heritage Dictionary and the Dictionary.com Unabridged. Both of these dictionaries contain many audio pronunciation files designated by this audio pronunciation icon: Dictionary.com.

If you have the Flash® Player installed in your browser, you'll be able to stream the audio playback directly from the results page. If you don't have the Flash® player, you can still listen to the audio files by clicking on the pronunciation icon, however, a new window will open and your computer's default media player will play the audio pronunciation.

Why I am unable to hear the audio pronunciations?

Depending on your computer, our audio pronunciation feature uses either .mp3 or .wav (pronounced 'dot-wave') files, both are very common types of audio files.

To check if your system can properly handle .mp3 or .wav files, click the icon below. You should hear the word example.



Did the audio pronunciation play immediately? Or did a new window open and the play the audio pronunciation? If the audio file played immediately and did not open a new window, you have Flash installed for your browser. If a new window opened and played the audio file, then you do not have the Flash player installed.

If you cannot hear the word, please check the following:

  • Are your speakers turned on?
  • Is the volume too low?
  • Is the volume muted?
  • Is your computer behind a firewall that is disallowing .wav files?

If you feel that our audio pronunciations are not working properly, check if you can hear any of the .wav files on this site:

The Daily .WAV

If you cannot hear our .wav files or any from the above site, most likely there is a misconfiguration or other problem specific to your computer. Unfortunately we do not have the resources to troubleshoot general computer problems like this. Specific problems regarding the software you use to play media files should be addressed by the company who supports the software, as they would have a better idea of what is happening in your specific situation.

Many users use Windows Media Player, some use RealOne Player/Real Player, others use QuickTime, their browser, or some other software. If you encounter any difficulties in playback, please consult the appropriate Web site of the company who makes the program. You may find these links useful:

Windows Media Player

RealOne Player/Real Player

QuickTime

Adobe Flash

Do I need special software to hear the audio pronunciations?

If your computer is fairly new, you probably don't need any additional software to hear the audio pronunciations. Our audio pronunciation feature uses either .mp3 or .wav (pronounced 'dot-wave') files, both are very common types of audio files.

To check if your system can properly handle .mp3 or .wav files, click the icon below. You should hear the word example.



Did the audio pronunciation play immediately? Or did a new window open and the play the audio pronunciation? If the audio file played immediately and did not open a new window, you have Flash installed for your browser. If a new window opened and played the audio file, then you do not have the Flash player installed.

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