November 26, 2005


If you have a Play Station Portable, for $69.90 you can apparently buy a "game" called TalkMan that uses speech recognition (and synthesis?) software to do speech-to-speech translation among English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. There's a description and review here. This page suggests that it's actually "a voice-activated translation software application designed to teach English to Japanese PSP owners". Somehow Language Log's review copy was lost in transit :-), but if I get access to one, I'll post a review.

Posted by Mark Liberman at November 26, 2005 02:15 PM