Recording Russian words and sentences is part of your homework for Russian 1121 (and 1122 in the spring, as well as 1131-1132). Use the program called Web Audio Lab to make the recordings and upload them to our server. This is required homework, shown in the syllabus. The teacher will review your recordings by playing them from the server.
Web Audio Lab by Slava Paperno is an online application that can be used with several (but not all) modern browsers on Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and Chrome OS computers: Google Chrome (recommended), Opera, Microsoft Edge. Safari is not supported. Firefox is being evaluated. Tablets and phones are not supported. If you are on campus, you should be able to use the computers in the language lab in Stimson Hall. If you are not on campus, your language lab is wherever you have a good internet connection.
The lab is located in the Language Resource Center in G-25 and G-27 Stimson Hall.
On the afternoon or evening after your first Russian 1121 or 1131 class, follow these directions:
The short version:
This is how your session will go:
If anything seems puzzling, read the WAL FAQ.
The long version: [show]
After clicking Beginning Russian in the Where..? window, you should see the screen where you will do all your WAL work: listen to short statements and record your own voice--either repeating the phrase you heard or responding to it. Click Start to begin. At certain points the exercise will pause for one reason or another, and you will be directed to click Go On. You may tap the G key instead. Speak when you see a red line running across the screen. There is no Record button: recording starts and stops automatically.
You will see the dots in the bottom row turn red, then green as your voice is recorded and the recordings are submitted to the server. When you're done with all pages in Exercise 1, and the last dot has turned green, click the Next button or select the next exercise from the navigation bar and click Go.
You can quickly review any of your recordings by clicking its dot-button in the bottom row. If your voice seems too quiet, you may need to move the microphone closer to your mouth or else adjust the microphone recording level in your system control/preferences panel.
When you finish your WAL homework, you may, if you wish, click Your history in the navigation bar and verify that your recordings are on the server. That's how your teacher will review your homework.
If you get stuck, see this FAQ on the WAL home page.
Find out what students in Russian 1121/1122 say about using Web Audio Lab.