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Dec. 6th, 2010

11:48 pm - Cool thing I just discovered on Google Translate

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1. Load up Google Translate.
2. Set the 'From:' language to Russian. This link should do it for you: http://translate.google.com/#ru|en|
3. If "allow phonetic typing" is on, turn it off.
4. Type some English text into the text box.
5. Click "Listen" below the text box. It will read your text in English, but in a cool European-sounding accent.

By contrast, set the 'To:' language to English (which the above link should also do for you), and click "Listen" below the "translated" text on the right. It will read your text in a drab, stodgy female voice. :}

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From:houseboatonstyx
Date:December 7th, 2010 05:55 am (UTC)
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Sounds like fun.

I discovered Ayn Rand's English is really in a strong Russian accent, very pretty that way.
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From:wbwolf
Date:December 7th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
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The Russian voice is far too digitized for my taste. However, the Hatian Creole voice is very pleasant, and when speaking English it sounds very much like a native speaker. The Italian voice is pretty nice as well.

On the other hand, I'm disappointed there's no Japanese voice.
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From:pippinbear
Date:December 7th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
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Haitian Creole sounded rather bad to me for some reason, but the Greek voice read out my test sentence almost perfectly, and sounded like it had an actual English accent:

http://translate.google.com/#el|en|This%20is%20a%20test%20of%20google%20translate%20speaking%20english%20with%20one%20of%20its%20other%20voices.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:December 7th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, that's the same as the Russian voice.
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From:pippinbear
Date:December 7th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
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Hmm, odd. Russian does seem to be the same as Greek now; earlier I'm pretty sure it wasn't. At least from here. Maybe something broke.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:December 7th, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
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My point, though, is that the Russian voice pronounces English words correctly, as opposed to other voices, which apply the pronunciation rules of their languages, so that, for example:

"Let's go crazy. Let's get nuts."

is pronounced by the Spanish voice as something like:

"Let esse go krathi. Let esse khet noots."

and:

"My hovercraft is full of eels."

in the Hungarian voice sounds like:

"Mee hovairtsroft ish fool off e-elsh."
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From:wbwolf
Date:December 7th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
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Beat box!
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