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    ...divided by six million accents....

    Firm seeks Glaswegian interpreter

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    [quote name='Leif' post='797867' date='14-Oct-2009 12:49']...divided by six million accents....[/quote]
    And this story of how Mick McGahey, the communist vice-president of the National Union of Mineworkers, was almost completely unbuggable by MI5 goes some way to explaining the previous story!
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    [quote name='BATcher' post='797920' date='14-Oct-2009 16:17']And this story of how Mick McGahey, the communist vice-president of the National Union of Mineworkers, was almost completely unbuggable by MI5 goes some way to explaining the previous story![/quote]

    Your link just 404's for me. Presumably MI5, in embarrassment at not being able to understand the mither tongue, have sabotaged the website!
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    [quote name='jonWallace' post='798148' date='15-Oct-2009 16:16']Your link just 404's for me. Presumably MI5, in embarrassment at not being able to understand the mither tongue, have sabotaged the website![/quote]
    Works OK for me:

    [attachment=85996:x.gif]

    Are you sure you haven't put an accent over any of the vowels?
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    BATcher's link worked for me yesterday, but today I get

    [attachment=85997:x.jpg]

    Perhaps access has been restricted to England?
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    [quote name='HansV' post='798158' date='15-Oct-2009 16:27']BATcher's link worked for me yesterday, ...

    Perhaps access has been restricted to England?[/quote]

    So not one country then?
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    Ah dunnae kinn...

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    ...Dinna mak me come ower there...
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    Well it works down here - perhaps because we're still part of the empire!

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    The link now works for me again...

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    WordWeb now features a pronunciation feature whereby a specified word will be pronounced for you, from your speakers or headphones. (Encarta dictionary has long had the same feature, but I don't know how the current version compares.) At present only two pronunciations are available for words that have it. One is Received Pronunciation, or RP, which is more commonly known as 'BBC English', and which amusingly enough only a tiny minority of Britons speak (but don't let that stop you if you are fluent in it; your services may be in significant demand), and the other is 'American' pronunciation, but for that what is accepted as the standard I am unsure.

    Pronunciation aside, this software has very large 'additional word lists' and covers Basic American, Basic English, English Australia, English Britain, English Canadian, English US. Geographic names in Britain alone includes Channel Islands, Ireland, Isle of Man, UK, and UK places names; it also has Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, USA, and US places. Under Geography 'Other' it even has 'Undersea'.

    Given the number of computer-generated voice messages that come by conventional telephone, the swift computer translation features of something like Google, the long-available voice transcription software such as Dragon Naturally Speaking, it might lighten the load for Glaswegians (and others) to use computer 'translation' ('clarification' may be more appropriate) for at least a portion of their verbal communications.

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