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Hear an odd anomaly in the OS X speech system
Authored by: wsdr on Mar 16, '09 08:51:20AM

It makes the mistake on my MacBook Pro 17 w/10.5.6

Here are some fun sentences to have it try. Make sure you are using Alex in your Text-to-speech prefs. Just drag-highlight the text below, then go to Safari (or FireFox, etc)-->Services-->Speech-->Start Speaking Text

My name is Dr. Smith and I live on Smith Dr.
I refuse to take away your refuse.
Wind in the kite, the wind is too strong.
Steve wound up with a wound on his arm.
Good farms produce a lot of produce.
I project that this project will go way over budget.
Close the car door, we are too close to the bridge.
I object to this object being on my desk.
It is an abuse of the system to abuse your privileges.
Along with my affiliate Mr. Jones, I am vowing never to affiliate with criminals.
In a home for the aged, it is not advisable to serve aged cheese.
Bronze is a metal alloy, but one should not alloy bleach with window cleaner.
If you take the alternate route you will need to alternate drivers.
Please consider the approximate value of my car when you approximate the cost of repairs.
We can attribute the winning of the game to John's speed, which truly is his best attribute.
The bass singer caught the biggest bass.
The powder in my compact has become too compact.
The Polish maid was assigned to polish the silver.
It is much rainier on the slopes of Mt. Rainier.
The soldier decided to desert his post by running into the desert.
The restaurant's tantalizing buffet was enough to buffet my resolve to diet.
Always stand close to the door when it is time to close the store.
Please excuse me while I think of an excuse.
The button was so minute that it was a minute before I found it.
It is the referee's job to record the new world record.
To contest the issue they held a contest.
John became a convert after deciding to convert to Judaism.
If I need a duplicate I can use the Xerox to duplicate the letter.
The guard will permit you to pass if you show a valid permit.
A rebel is one who has decided to rebel.
Please put my typewriter to use because I never use it.
Everything I know I learned from that learned old man.
I want you to separate the cards into two separate piles.
The bandage was wound around the wound.

The farm was used to produce produce.

The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

We must polish the Polish furniture.

He could lead if he would get the lead out.

The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.

Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

I did not object to the object.

They were too close to the door to close it.

To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

The wind was too strong to wind the sail.

I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

Apple's text to speech software took years to perfect, but eventually it was perfect.


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Hear an odd anomaly in the OS X speech system
Authored by: asmeurer on Mar 16, '09 01:17:30PM

Amazing. I always thought Alex was somewhat overrated, but he pronounced all of these correctly, except for Mt. Rainier (unless I'm pronouncing that one wrong). And for "Bullfrog/bullfrogs", it doesn't matter which voice you use. All 24 voices included with Leopard speak the wrong one.

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Hear an odd anomaly in the OS X speech system
Authored by: jimhoyt on Mar 16, '09 02:38:34PM

I'm familiar with the mountain and, to my aging ears, the name was pronounced correctly.

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Hear an odd anomaly in the OS X speech system
Authored by: kyncaith on Mar 23, '09 10:13:52AM

Most locals pronounce it something like ruh-near (emphasis on second syllable) or sometimes ray-near. The Alex voice seems to get it fairly close.

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Hear an odd anomaly in the OS X speech system
Authored by: snit on Mar 16, '09 02:53:29PM

Really is amazing how well it handles all of that.

I just tried one:

Was the red book read or do we need to read it?

Seems it is not perfect.

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Hear an odd anomaly in the OS X speech system
Authored by: auco on Mar 17, '09 03:57:55AM

Apple Speech can even do more!
try reading this (Alex is glitching a bit at the end, but older voices like Fred do it well:

[[inpt TUNE]]
2EH {D 2500; P 600.0:0 400.0:50 100.0:100}

[[inpt PHON]]
@1AEplIHk2EYSIXn. [[slnc 100]]
[[inpt TEXT]]

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Better than many humans
Authored by: chrisfriend on Mar 17, '09 02:55:22PM

Great sample sentences. Those really show off the intuitive code behind the voices.

I teach 15-year-olds, and I think they've just been made obsolete. :-) Software can now read more accurately than they can.

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Better than many humans
Authored by: kyncaith on Mar 23, '09 10:16:58AM

I teach freshman at a university, and many of them can't read this well.

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