Google Translate is an indispensable tool for travelers, students, and global citizens. While the primary goal of this tool is to provide accurate translations, over the years, internet users have discovered peculiarities and oddities in Google Translate’s voice (Text-to-Speech) function that can be used to generate amusing results. This article explores some of the funny and mischievous ways people have “broken” the voice feature, but remember, always use technology responsibly!
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How to make Google Translate say funny things
The voice function in Google Translate is primarily intended to help users learn how to pronounce words and sentences in foreign languages. However, the quirky outputs that can arise when specific text strings are input, whether it’s stuttering, beatboxing, producing awkward pauses and noises, or varying accents, have led to a world of fun. Especially for those looking to entertain or baffle their friends, these quirks offer a dose of entertainment.
Making Google Translate have a stroke
While the term “having a stroke” is used humorously here, it refers to making the voice output sound confused, distorted, or broken. By playing with different aspects of text input, it’s possible to achieve these bizarre yet entertaining effects. Here are some inventive methods:
- Extended vowels: When you extend vowels, like writing “
Aaaaaa” or “
Eeeeeeee“, the voice tends to drag the sound out. The longer you make the vowel, the more distorted the sound becomes. You can also mix two different letters, like “
- Different languages: Experiment with a variety of languages. I personally recommend trying Albanian. When combined with “
aaaaaeeeeeaaaaaeeeee“, it gives the impression that the voice is malfunctioning or “having a stroke.”
- Unusual spaces: Inputting words with unnecessary spaces, such as “H e l l o,” may confuse the voice, leading to it stuttering or making it sound like it’s catching its breath between each letter.
- Numbers galore: Prolonged numbers, especially in the billions or trillions, often trip up the voice function. The results? A confounded voice trying to rush through or, at times, slowing down awkwardly.
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Funny Google Translate beatboxing
Did you know Google Translate can be a budding beatbox artist? When certain non-lexical strings are put into the system, the voice output seems like it’s beatboxing.
- Classic beats: For an interesting rhythm, play with phonetic strings that exploit the sounds of certain languages. Although not necessarily “beatboxing,” it can be amusing to hear the voice trying to pronounce strings like
pv zk pv pv zk pv zk kz zk pv pv pv zk pv zk zk pzk pzk pvzkpkzvpvzk kkkkkk bschin different languages and hearing the varied outputs.
- Mixing languages: By changing the input and output languages and playing around with nonsensical strings, you can generate a plethora of unusual rhythms.
Making Google Translate laugh
Among its many quirks, there’s a fascinating phenomenon where certain inputs seem to make Google Translate “laugh”.
- Repetitive characters: Typing a string of “hahahahahaha” or even longer can make it sound like the voice is laughing. Extending the ‘ha’ can create varied pitches and intensities of laughter.
- Toggling languages: Sometimes, translating the laughter string into another language and back can intensify or modify the laughter’s sound.
- Mix and match: Combine laughter strings with words or phrases. For instance, “hahaha what hahaha” may lead to unexpected chuckles in between translations.
Overloading a sentence with a particular consonant can lead to hilarious audio outputs. For instance:
- Bouncy Bs: Try inputting a sentence like “Bobby’s baby bounces blue basketballs behind big brown buildings.”
- Tricky Ts: “Tim’s tiny tiger tiptoed through the tall tulips to tell tales.”
- Sizzling Ss: “Susie’s six slithering snakes silently sought some sun.”
When translated into another language and then back into English, the consonant-heavy sentences can lead to unexpected and amusing pronunciations.
Injecting strings of emojis into Google Translate can yield unexpected pronunciations, as the system attempts to describe each emoji.
Example: 😂🐱🎉 might be pronounced as “Face with tears of joy, cat, tada!”
Nonsense sentences to generate gibberish in Google Translate
Google Translate sometimes struggles to find the appropriate translation for sentences that don’t make sense. Input a string of unrelated words or a nonsensical sentence, and sometimes, the voice seems to “give up” halfway and might produce gibberish.
- Input: “Why is the purple chicken eating spaghetti in space?”
- Language: Translate English to a less commonly spoken language and back to English.
- Outcome: The sentence returned may be even more baffling, and the voice might pause awkwardly at places.
Repeatedly translating a sentence through multiple languages and then back to the original often leads to a hilariously garbled result.
- The telephone game: Start with a simple sentence in English. Translate it to French, then to Japanese, followed by Swahili, and finally back to English. Enjoy the distorted outcome!
Other tips to break Google Translate voices
Beyond the commonly explored fun tricks, there are other unique strategies to make Google Translate’s voice produce amusing or unexpected sounds.
- Explore lesser-known languages: While the system is highly optimized for popular languages like Spanish, French, or Mandarin, the voice outputs for less commonly used languages can yield more entertaining results.
- Play with punctuation: Overloading with punctuation marks, especially those that are less common, like the tilde (~) or caret (^), can lead to unexpected pronunciations.
- Short sentences, rapid fire: Inputting short, unrelated sentences in quick succession, like “Jump. Eat. Fly. Why?”, can cause the voice to rush or mix pronunciations.
- Remember to record: If you stumble upon a particularly amusing output, make sure to record it or share it. With the continuous updates to Google Translate, there’s no guarantee the same string will yield the same result in the future.
Google Translate’s voice function is a technological marvel. But, like all computer programs, it has its odd moments and weird behaviors. When people understand these weird moments, they’ve found fun ways to get surprising and funny results. While it’s fun to play with technology, always remember to use it respectfully and avoid misusing it in ways that could potentially harm or mislead others.
It’s important to note that these tricks are just for fun and shouldn’t be used to discredit the vast and beneficial capabilities of tools like Google Translate.