November of 2009 is when Google first introduced its “text-to-speech” feature called eSpeak. This can really allow for consuming information over the internet to be faster and more effective.
In combination with seeing the words on the screen as you read them you will also be have the ability to hear them. Similar to an audio book this may help with the pronunciation of words and perhaps you may catch something that you didn’t get before.
From November of 2009 till now, less than two years later Google translates web-pages in for over 30 different languages.
Including Haitian, Creole, French, Italian and German in recent months.
Today’s announcement adds text-to-speech functionality for Afrikaans, Albanian, Catalan, Chinese (Mandarin), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Latvian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Vietnamese and Welsh.
Google is continuing with its effort to become the one-stop online-shop. To Lear n more about Google Translate and how it works click here