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    Re: 80 two countries - speaking the MS Translator

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    When I clicked on the link in post #1, I got a page where I could type in text to translate, but no option to use my voice. I wonder if it's not available for a Mac.
    It is available because I used exactly a MacBook to post this thread.
    Here's the steps to record your voice online (and the Translator will type out what you say):
    Step 1: Click the link (or the link in the OP) and a page shows like this:

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    You don't see icons of microphone and loudspeaker on the page, right?
    Step 2: Type "OK now" or any English word into the left textbox and the icons will emerge (Note that "Auto-detect" on the left upper corner of the textbox will become "English (detected)"):

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    Step 3: Click the icon of microphone and it shows "Listening", starting to record your voice and type it out for you:

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    Re: 80 two countries - speaking the MS Translator

    Thanks for that. It seems odd that the microphone icon isn't visible straight away! I see the problem now. It's very odd that it initially transcribes "82" and then as it moves along it changes the "2" to "two". Definitely a glitch!

    The problem seems to be the word "countries". I tried "I have eighty-two cats" and it correctly transcribed "I have 82 cats". It also got "I drink 82 cups of tea every week" correct. I tried various alternative nouns and none of them resulted in "80 two" except the one with "countries".
    It makes the same error with "22/52/92 (etc) countries".

    The error goes away once you get over a hundred. It transcribes "There are 132 countries in the world correctly" but the site's spoken version sounds like "There are one hundred and thirty ... two countries in the world".
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 23-Jan-2021 at 17:44. Reason: Fixed typo
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: 80 two countries - speaking the MS Translator

    GoodTaste, your English is good enough that you can correct translation errors. I wouldn't be concerned about the quality of the translation. It's actually pretty impressive.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: 80 two countries - speaking the MS Translator

    We're actually talking about transcription here, not translation.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: 80 two countries - speaking the MS Translator

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I must say the bot reading out is the text is very, very good. It's just like a real person—she sounds like she was brought up in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.
    Interesting. When I use it, she has a very clear American accent.
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    Re: 80 two countries - speaking the MS Translator

    New York Times wrote "If You’re Offered a Vaccine, Take It" and I read it to MS Translator, it insistently showed: "If you are offered a vaccine ticket."
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    I wonder whether you guys can get the correct version - "take it" (When I read "take it or leave it", it correctly shows "take it", of course).

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    Re: 80 two countries - speaking the MS Translator

    It transcribed it correctly for me:

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    Make sure that you have a pause after "vaccine" and that you make the "a" in "take" long enough.

    I tried it a couple more times. It got "take it" correct all three times. However, on my final two attempts, it struggled with how quickly I said "If you're offered". It gave me "If you're up for" the first time, and "If you offer" the second.
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    Re: 80 two countries - speaking the MS Translator

    I deliberately paused after saying "take" (and then saying "it"), it shows me correctly:
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    And yes, your way worked:

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    Re: 80 two countries - speaking the MS Translator

    I think the first one in your last post didn't work because you said "provided" instead of "offered". The software didn't recognise that string of words as a grammatical sentence so it did the best it could.
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    Re: 80 two countries - speaking the MS Translator

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Interesting. When I use it, she has a very clear American accent.
    Really? Interesting.

    GoodTaste, do you know if there are settings where you can change the voice of the speaker?

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