Englishspeak.com is a free and award winning new system for learning to speak English. The program contains lessons that give special attention to English pronunciation and everyday language. With over 100 lessons, Englishspeak.com provides a large amount of audio content. Users have access to two different speeds of playback for each item.
Each English lesson simulates a conversation between the user and a native speaker. Users are put in a variety of real world situations and take part in conversations using the most frequently used English words and English grammar.
There is a tremendous emphasis put on pronunciation. Users have access to normal and slow playback speeds for each conversation, sentence, and word. Place your cursor over any word in the program and it will be pronounced slowly by our instructor, not by a computer generated voice.
The home page is not much to look at, so my expectations were not high, but this is a really useful site for improving listening and pronunciation skills. There's already a tremendous amount of material—100 dialogues at 3 levels of difficulty—and the mouse-over pronunciation feature is particularly impressive. There's even a version for Spanish-speakers with translations of all the English phrases. One slight quibble—the 'normal speed' still sounds pretty slow to me.