We provide three PIE modes: Full, Lite and Extra Lite. For example, the Full mode shows pronunciations to a great detail:
However, advanced English learners may prefer a "lightweight" mode called Lite:
How to Choose a Mode
You can choose the mode you want by going to PIE's Options page (right-click the "pie" icon and click "Options").
How Does the Lite Mode Differ from the Full Mode?
- The silence marks on w, h, y and e will be omitted (e.g. low, she, bay, take).
- Function words (e.g. this, that) and very frequent words (e.g. take) won't have diacritics.
- Common suffixes (e.g. -tion, -ness) won't have diacritics.
- Other minor optimizations, e.g. c will not have a mark when pronouncing /k/.
What Is "Extra Lite"?
The Extra Lite mode will further omit most schwa marks (e.g. the second and third a's in "Canada" will have no marks).
Here are three screenshots demonstrating PIE (International Edition)'s Full, Lite and Extra Lite modes:
Lite Mode (the default mode)
Extra Lite Mode