[Hpr] Suggestion: Phonetic host names

cobra2 cobra2 at linuxbasement.com
Sat Mar 24 12:33:10 PDT 2018



On March 24, 2018 6:26:18 PM UTC, Kevin Wisher <kevin.wisher at gmail.com> wrote:
>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>
>wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> 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
>>
>>> _______________________________________________
>> Hpr mailing list
>> Hpr at hackerpublicradio.org
>>
>http://hackerpublicradio.org/mailman/listinfo/hpr_hackerpublicradio.org
>>


I'm not a fan of this at all actually. Screwing up pronunciation on the names of people and being corrected, I feel is a right of passage for all users. 

Just my two pence. 

--cobra2



More information about the Hpr mailing list