[Hpr] Suggestion: Phonetic host names

Kevin Wisher kevin.wisher at gmail.com
Sat Mar 24 11:26:18 PDT 2018

I don't care for the espeak and English is my native language. I listen to
podcasts at 1.7x speed and that makes it even more difficult to understand.

On Sat, Mar 24, 2018, 2:23 PM SundaraRaman R <sundaryourfriend at gmail.com>

> On Sat 24 Mar, 2018, 7:17 PM Nigel Verity, <nigelverity at hotmail.com>
> wrote:
>> It's always annoying when somebody mispronounces your name but I think
>> the same issue probably exists for some of the episode titles, especially
>> when acronyms or application/trade names are included.
>> For first-language English speakers it's probably not so much of a
>> problem but HPR has plenty of listeners for whom English is a 2nd language,
>> so deciphering eSpeak might sometimes not be so easy. Would it be such a
>> big deal to either request hosts to make their own introductions or,
>> failing that, find a volunteer with a good speaking voice to pre-record
>> episode introductions? Since slots are booked in advance it should be
>> possible for the "announcer" to record them in batches, thereby reducing
>> the burden.
>> Beeza
>> ------------------------------
> We could take this discussion to a new thread, but yes, the eSpeak voice
> in general is something I've wanted to bring up for some time now. As a
> second language English speaker, I do find it hard to decipher most of the
> time. After a few initial weeks of attempting to understand it, I've taken
> to skipping through it (and missing the summaries) instead. It's not
> entirely unintelligible, but it's like listening to an out of frequency AM
> radio station and trying to make sense of it.
> I'm not that familiar with eSpeak, but perhaps one of the other voices
> could be worth a try? If I understand this page
> http://espeak.sourceforge.net/commands.html (-v voice) correctly, there
> are 7 male voices and 4 female voices included with eSpeak. If one of those
> works out, it might be an easier switch to implement than moving to a human
> voice. (lf this is worth considering, we can take this discussion - about
> the eSpeak voice in general - to a separate thread so as not to sidetrack
> this one.)
> NB: just as a frivolous remark, I find it a bit funny that my chosen
> moniker (Aaressaar) has the opposite problem - someone mentioned on a
> Community News episode that they couldn't initially figure out how to
> pronounce it, whereas eSpeak seems to have gotten it immediately!
> --
> Cheers,
> Aaressaar
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