[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
>podcasts at 1.7x speed and that makes it even more difficult to
>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
>>> the same issue probably exists for some of the episode titles,
>>> 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
>>> 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
>>> episode introductions? Since slots are booked in advance it should
>>> possible for the "announcer" to record them in batches, thereby
>>> the burden.
>>> Beeza
>>> ------------------------------
>> We could take this discussion to a new thread, but yes, the eSpeak
>> in general is something I've wanted to bring up for some time now. As
>> 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
>> 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
>> could be worth a try? If I understand this page
>> http://espeak.sourceforge.net/commands.html (-v voice) correctly,
>> are 7 male voices and 4 female voices included with eSpeak. If one of
>> works out, it might be an easier switch to implement than moving to a
>> voice. (lf this is worth considering, we can take this discussion -
>> the eSpeak voice in general - to a separate thread so as not to
>> 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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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. 


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