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October 25, 2018 5:26 PM   Subscribe

 
Best laugh I've had in a while.
posted by Ickster at 5:48 PM on October 25, 2018




This made me wonder what Google translate knows about odd pronunciations and it immediately got Natchitoches and Etobicoke right. And it could correctly distinguish between Versailles in France and Kentucky, Houston versus Houston Street, and Magdalene versus Magdalene College.

It didn't know the difference between Alachua (the county, uh-latch-oo-uh) and Alachua (the city, uh-latch-oo-ay) though. So its knowledge peters out somewhere between small Louisiana cities and even smaller towns in north Florida.
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 6:15 PM on October 25, 2018 [4 favorites]


As good as Siri providing a beatbox backing to this spontaneous raga performed by bored students..
posted by Theiform at 6:26 PM on October 25, 2018 [8 favorites]


Wait, you don't pronounce Natchitoches "Nah-chee-toe-cheese"?
posted by Quackles at 6:27 PM on October 25, 2018 [1 favorite]


Put it in H!
posted by krisjohn at 6:37 PM on October 25, 2018 [3 favorites]


Nack-uh-tish
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 6:44 PM on October 25, 2018 [1 favorite]


ha, now I'm just trying to stump Google Translate with place names, but Google Translate seems unstumpable
posted by 23skidoo at 6:50 PM on October 25, 2018 [1 favorite]


You got me curious, so I tried and can confirm Google pronounces Absaroka like a tourist. (Real pronunciation is Ab-soar-ka or Ab-soar-key.)
posted by traveler_ at 6:57 PM on October 25, 2018 [3 favorites]


Why is Google Maps so bad then?

Seriously, using Google Maps in Montréal is super anger-making. Needless to say the names aren't pronounced as French, but nor are they pronounced the way an anglo Canadian (or worse, an American) would. It's fingers on a chalkboard horrible.
posted by bumpkin at 7:00 PM on October 25, 2018 [5 favorites]


A-ha's Take On Me covered on a Lada.

Now make it play Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lada Love"!
posted by Greg_Ace at 7:19 PM on October 25, 2018 [1 favorite]


ha, now I'm just trying to stump Google Translate with place names, but Google Translate seems unstumpable

My god, it even get Belvoir right! (it's pronouced 'Beaver')
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 12:52 AM on October 26, 2018


Brought back memories of SAM on the Commodore 64, and entering 'bdbdbdbdbdbdbdbd' to make it sound like Twiki from the Buck Rogers television programme.
posted by GallonOfAlan at 2:17 AM on October 26, 2018 [2 favorites]


(Real pronunciation is Ab-soar-ka or Ab-soar-key.)

I grew up with more of a Z sound instead of an S, and definitely rhymes with key.
posted by msbrauer at 10:15 AM on October 26, 2018 [1 favorite]


Woah, it got Kuykendahl right ("Kirk-en-doll").
posted by mrbill at 12:21 PM on October 26, 2018 [1 favorite]


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