Speech-to-Text Software Translation Misadventures

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naturallyspeaking Speech to Text Software Translation MisadventuresTyped note: This is sad. People said my first speech-to-text software entry was funny and I wasn’t even trying to make jokes icon smile Speech to Text Software Translation Misadventures Seriously, I agree the software does funny translations of my speech.

First the script, then the translation.

Script
Official test number two. I’ve revised the script from the original. I usually write contractions, but decided not to use them while speaking. So I put them back in.

This post shows you what I said and what the software heard. Instead of striking out the software’s mistakes and put the correct version in brackets, I present you with this script followed by the software’s version. Here we go…

For those of you not familiar with speech to text software, you begin by training the software with your voice. I completed a long training program — broken down into shorter sessions over a two-week period — using a chapter from Dave Barry’s cyberspace book. My deaf accent needs more help than the average user.

A little background: I was born deaf and had 12 years of speech therapy. I took public speaking classes and even taught a few while I was in college.

I’m trying the speech recognition software. I’m hopeful it’ll catch what I say. So far, it’s not perfect. It looks like it needs more training. I’m itching to get back to writing articles.

I haven’t been able to write because of my hand surgery. The doctor says I need to lay off using my hand because of swelling. Plus, a pin had to stay in it for six weeks. The pin comes out of my hand today — it better!

So maybe I won’t need this. I’ve learned that I can’t speak my writing as well as I can type it. Writing by speech feels unnatural to me.

I’m ready to get back into my routine. However, I’ll need to attend physical therapy a few times a week for at least six weeks. I’ll know for sure after my doctor’s appointment. My hand feels stiff and achy, so it’ll be a while before it feels normal again.

I may still have to wear the current splint until I see the physical therapist. At least, typing won’t hurt as much without the pin around to stab the insides of my thumb. Trying to keep my hopes reserved, but I have loads of work to do for my clients.

The software works better when I speak one word at a time — that is, say a word and wait for the software to capture it instead of speaking in slow sentences. That’s what I’m doing in this paragraph. I originally used parenthesis, but it wouldn’t get it right or even brackets.

I wish everyone a happy and healthy 2009.

Translation courtesy Dragon Naturally-Speaking

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