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 Accents2004-01-16 17:41
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by Flemming Funch

Languages and accents can be fun to study. This site has 297 different people from a great variety of different places read the same English sentence.

When I did improv acting some years ago, I was studying accents a bit. In an interesting roundabout way, as one would try to sound like an English speaker who comes from India or Spain or France or something, without making any attempt of learning the actual language. Native speakers of different languages will do a bunch of very specific things when they speak. A Spanish speaker will speak very forward in the mouth for example. So there are courses and tapes for learning just the accent, by mimicking the mechanical aspects of how one speaks.

On the subject of languages, for a moment I got the idea that it would be fun to try to learn the numbers in a great many languages, or make a site that catalogued them. No useful purpose, really, but it could be some kind of hobby. Not that I need one. Well, I'm glad I didn't, because somebody already did it really thoroughly. Here are the numbers from 1 to 10 in over 4000 languages. Sheesh, I can only count in about nine different languages.


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19 Jan 2004 @ 04:44 by lugon @195.53.174.21 : wiki with sound would be fun and more
{http://parli.blogalia.com/historias/13968}

Thing is, I don't know if the files would be just huge!  



19 Jan 2004 @ 06:32 by ming : Sound WIKIs
Hm, there's an idea. Makes sense for some applications, like you suggest. Doesn't have to be too bad with the size, as it would probably be small pieces. But what I think is missing is an easy way of uploading sound. I.e. as simple as it is to type in some text and hit submit. Or as simple as it is to upload a graphic from one's disk. For sound, what would make sense would of course be to hit a record key and it starts recording. But I don't know any good way you can do that within a browser. Maybe if combined with an audioblogging tool.  


20 Jan 2004 @ 07:35 by lugon @80.58.19.44 : at least three alternative directions
Twiki (http://www.twiki.org) accepts user uploaded files. I think the user has to record the sound as a file, then upload it.

An alternative would be to use a recording utility that allows the user to "save to current wiki page"?

Or perhaps a wiki can accept a stream of bits that comes from the user's microphone instead of from the user's keyboard? The "start recording" and "stop recording" would be on the server side, and this would allow to limit the size of the upload.

It doesn't have to be too easy to become useful. Maybe we'll see people using the not-so-convenient way first, this will create an "itch", and one of the two above solutions will in time be implemented.

Or _has been_ implemented. If so, please let me know!  



20 Jan 2004 @ 08:35 by ming : Uploading sound
Uploading a sound file one has is no problem, but creating and uploading it is still a little too cumbersome to be generally adopted, I think. And security issues have put obstacles in the way of tapping the local microphone inside a browser, even with Java or Flash, I believe. But one could do it from a separate applicaton that one has to install first.  


20 Jan 2004 @ 11:58 by lugon @80.58.19.44 : sound size
Then there's the problem you mentioned of size. Every time a user corrects the other fellow's pronounciation, up go another 15 kb or whatever. Probably someone could do a limited experiment.  


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