Off topic: Delights of transcription programs
Thread poster: David Wright

David Wright  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:51
German to English
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Jan 10, 2013

I'm generally very happy with Dragon, but there are occasions when the result is just way out.

Today: venous thromboembolism came out as "vagueness trombone embolism"

I'm sure anyone using Dragon will have their own examples - please reveal!

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Anton Konashenok  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
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Russian to English
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Dragon Jan 10, 2013

An older version of Dragon once transcribed an organisation name, Kazakhstan Applied Ecology Agency, as "cats don't apply to college agency".

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Daniel Meier  Identity Verified
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English to German
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Yes, Dragon does some funny things sometimes Jan 10, 2013

In an IT-related text
Me: Virtualisierungsserver
Dragon: Arisierungsserver
You can imagine I hastened to correct that.

In a transcription project about multilateral political relations during the cold war:
Me: Außenminister Gromyko
Dragon: Außenminister Gummikuh
In this case I was tempted to leave the text as Dragon suggested, but unfortunately my sense of responsibility would not let me do that.

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Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 07:51
Spanish to English
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Windows speech recognition software Jan 10, 2013

I found an old copy of Dragon, but it wouldn't work on my computer, so I've been playing with the free software that comes in windows 7. I actually kind of like it for translation and my hands don't hurt after long hours like they used to.

I love it when it tries to transcribe what my wife says in her thick Argentine accent. She got a little frustrated and said "you stupid machine" and it wrote, "you need a new jean." She took that as a sign to go shopping, so I guess she doesn't want to kill it anymore.

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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 06:51
English to German
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Gummikuh?? Jan 10, 2013

Daniel Meier wrote:
Me: Außenminister Gromyko
Dragon: Außenminister Gummikuh

Daniel, you made my day. This is gorgeous.

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Phil Hand  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:51
Chinese to English
foam/phone Jan 11, 2013

I was doing a consumer survey on shampoo, and the damn thing would not learn that I was saying "foam" instead of the higher-frequency "phone". It kept turning out oddly well-formed sentences like: I like my shampoo to phone up while I'm washing my hair.

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