Google Translate Now Speaks More Than 30 Languages
May 13, 2010 by Post Team
Google Translate Now Speaks More Than 30 Languages:Google continues its effort to become the workshop of one-stop translation, announcing today that it has added voice capabilities into more languages in Google Translate, the text translation tool polylingual.
The function uses the voice synthesizer eSpeak open source to convert text into sound, giving users of Google Translate’s ability to hear how the words they are seeing are supposed to be pronounced.
eSpeak uses a “formant synthesis” method, which according to the project page “allows many languages to be included in a small [...] but it is not as smooth as the largest natural or synthesisers based on recordings human voice. ”
Google first introduced its “text to speech” feature in November 2009, adding support for Haitian Creole, French, Italian and German in recent months.
Today’s announcement adds functionality to text-to-speech for for Afrikaans, Albanian, Catalan, Chinese (Mandarin), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Latvian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Vietnamese and Welsh.
As we noted last week when looking at the addition of translation via text recognition to Google goggles, Google has been busy lately with many advances in the field of translation. The company has announced automatic subtitles for YouTube videos, the auto-translation of websites in Chrome and software to provide real-time speech translation via cell phones.
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