[Hpr] Suggestion: Phonetic host names

jason jason.s.dodd at gmail.com
Sun Mar 25 07:45:45 PDT 2018

I might be one of the few who don't mind the espeak voice, festival's 
either.  My best friend for decades had a voice that was hard to 
understand.  It wasn't computerized but sounded a bit like it was. Had 
to translate for him often.  For years I've been parsing text from books 
and using festival to convert them to audio books.  Lately I've been 
having the kindle 3 w/keyboard reading to me.  At this point the 
standard computerized voice many complain about feels a bit like an old 
friend who reads to me.

My real issue is that Ken Fallon can't seem to get my nick right!!!

On 3/24/18 2:21 PM, SundaraRaman R wrote:
> On Sat 24 Mar, 2018, 7:17 PM Nigel Verity, <nigelverity at hotmail.com 
> <mailto: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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