A few weeks back i discovered an application named Umano. The main feature of the application is that it has many newspaper articles which are narrated by real people. The good thing is that most of the articles are famous articles from some of the most widely read newspapers on the planet, and also it contains a wide variety of topics, therefore these narrated articles can be used perfectly in the classroom. From the articles that i have listened, i can say that all of the articles are narrated by professionals in the field of narrating. The main aim of this writing is to explain to most of you how it can be used.
Android, iPhone Or Web Based
The app is available in all of the above platforms. Install the application on your device, it is the same as installing any other application.
Android users click here…! Umano On The Playstore
iPhone users click here…! Umano On The iTunes Store.
Or if you simply prefer the website go here… Umano.me
Now all you need to do is create an account with Umano, once the application is installed.
Downloading The Audio Files…..!
Umano offers two types of the accounts, free and premiums, unfortunately downloading the audio files is a feature that is only limited to the premium users. With that in mind, unless you have a premium account, there is no way to download the articles into your mobile device while using the application, however if you are using the website, then you can download the tracks, provided that you have installed Internet Download Manager.
Now install internet download manager the same way as you would install any other software on your desktop.
When you have successfully installed internet download manager, it will enable you to download, videos and audios from any website, therefore please make you that you have the latest firefox or chrome web browser installed on your computer.
Now select an article from the Umano website and press the play button. Take a look at the picture below.
Now if you have successfully integrated internet download manager into your web browser you will see a very small window in the browser like this.
Click on it and it will start downloading the audio file.
Now that you have the audio file, you need to find the real written article. It only takes a a while when you do a little bit of magic on google.
The article in the above screen-shot ” Waiting To Live To 100? Here’s What You Should Be Eating Right Now’, the source of the article is the telegraph. So on google you can type like this.
” Waiting To Live To 100? Here’s What You Should Be Eating Right Now’, the telegraph” and i’m sure you will find the original article.
Here is the result that i got.
Now you have the article and the narrated audio file. Why not spend sometime, preparing some comprehension questions or a listening excercise.
Hope everyone find this guide useful.
Any issues, send me a comment and i’ll get back to you.