[Hpr] Suggestion: Phonetic host names

honkey Magoo honkeymagoo01 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 24 14:54:10 PDT 2018


How about something on the podcast submit page where you can change the
phonetics of your name so that espeak pronounces it the way you like, or
maybe you can submit an audio file with you (or someone else) saying your
name to your liking.

Not trying to cause more work for people, just a thought.

On Sat, Mar 24, 2018, 3:34 PM cobra2 <cobra2 at linuxbasement.com> wrote:

>
>
> 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
> >>
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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.
>
> --cobra2
>
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