Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Can't Pronounce that Bible Word? There's an App for that!

Ever been asked to read a passage in scripture in public only to discover that it is a genealogy of character or a list of geographic place names? Trying to pronounce those names privately can be bad enough, but doing it in front of a group of people will tie your tongue quicker than sea shells, sea shells sitting by the sea sea shore.

Well, there is an App for that. That's right, someone has taken the time to develop a program to help you avoid that moment of embarrassment. Here is what Charisma Magazine reports.

If you use an iPhone or an iPad, you can tap into the Bible Audio Pronunciations application, which offers up audio recordings of more than 1,000 challenging words found in scripture.

"We wanted to give people an easy tool to raise their level of understanding and enjoyment from reading the Bible," says Michael Vance, developer of the app. "It will speak out loud some of its most difficult words."

The app plays recordings of terms, names and places that many people find difficult to pronounce (like Shealtiel and Epaenetus). The recordings also offer the names of important church and historical leaders.

Here’s how it works: You can search or browse for words, and after you find the word you are looking for just tap it to start the recording. The developer plans to add new words on a regular basis, and also included links to Google and Wikipedia within the app. All for 99 cents.

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