From the Five College Center for the Study of World Languages
World Oral Literature Project - Voices of Vanishing Worlds - from Cambridge University
Google Translate provides the ability to hear translations spoken out loud by clicking a speaker icon beside some translations.
The feature provides support for French, Spanish, Italian, German, Hindi, and Haitian Creole.
With the recent addition of the eSpeak speech synthesizer, Google Translate now provides serviceable — if not perfect — speech for Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Latvian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, and more than one dozen other languages.
Appeared in College & Research Libraries News, June 2010 by Gary Pattilo in "Fast Facts" p.340 .
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In order to get your language-learning experience off to a strong start, it is important to ensure that your computer meets the Rosetta Stone® system requirements. To access a full description of these system requirements, click HERE.
Rosetta Stone® speech-recognition technology is a key element of our language-learning solution. In order to utilize this feature, you'll need a USB device equipped with a microphone: either a USB headset or USB earbuds.
For best results, the device should be certified for speech recognition, either by the vendor or a third party.
We recommend that it have a directional microphone and noise-cancellation capability. The microphone part of the device should easily adjust into a consistent position, one to two inches from the corner of your mouth.
The recommended USB headset microphone listed here has passed Rosetta Stone quality-assurance tests for speech recognition. It's compatible with both Windows and Macintosh operating systems.
Note: This microphone recommendation is based on laboratory testing. Computer systems and user environments may vary, which could impact microphone performance.