13 May, 2010

The Magic of Google Translate

Of many of Google's very useful and fine products and tools, one of their best is undoubtedly the incredible Google Translate, which translates written words in several languages from one to the other; and it has other very useful features such as the Translator Toolkit, which helps you to organize, share and publish online. A few months ago, they introduced another excellent service - Goggles Translate. Now, the superb translator has become even better; it is now giving voice to translations:
One of the popular features of Google Translate is the ability to hear translations spoken out loud (”text-to-speech”) by clicking the speaker icon beside some translations, like the one below.

We rolled this feature out for English and Haitian Creole translations a few months ago and added French, Italian, German, Hindi and Spanish a couple of weeks ago. Now we’re bringing text-to-speech to even more languages with the open source speech synthesizer, eSpeak.

By integrating eSpeak we’re adding text-to-speech functionality 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.
Though many have tried to compete with Google, to date, it has no effective, competent challenger; with translation, they are even way too far advanced and ahead for any competitor to catch up with them any time soon.