Thursday, 16 October 2008

Translation and text to speech - IM Translator

It is difficult to do justice to this site since it does so much and all I can say is Try It! What make it special? Find some text, put it in the top box, pick a language and it will translate it for you. And then speak it out loud in that language, all for free.

You will need to sign in, and there are restrictions as to how many words in a single go. But it is quite amazing. Languages include Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian and Swedish.

And to show you what it can do, here is the opening of Alice in Wonderland, translated into French (sorry but I cannot possibly comment on that) and then translated back into English (see for yourself).

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, `and what is the use of a book,'thought Alice `without pictures or conversation?'

Alice commençait à devenir très fatiguée du fait de s'asseoir par sa soeur sur la banque et du fait d'avoir rien en commun : une ou deux fois elle avait jeté un coup d'oeil dans le livre que sa soeur lisait, mais il n'y avait aucune peinture ou conversations, `et quelle est l'utilisation d'un livre,' a pensé Alice `sans peintures ou conversation ?'

Alice began becoming very tired to sit down by her sister on the bank and to have nothing together: one or two times it had had a quick look in the book which her sister read, but there was no painting or dialogues, `et what is the use of a book, ' thought Alice `sans painting or dialogue? '

Of course it does raise some issues, such as should it be used for doing homework? But that is not for me to comment.

IM Translator

Keywords: Text-to-speech, translation

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