Lately we have been reminiscing about phrases we heard when we were children and I've been entering them into Google Translate, a wonderful tool that does a decent job of translating the word and also allowing you to hear what it sounds like. Since Polish has a number of characters with accent marks, I have been using the virtual keyboard that comes with the tool. Pressing the Alt+Ctrl key will display the addtional keys.
As an example, I chose the first line of the Christmas Carol "Christ is Born".
How to use Google Translate:
- Left pointing arrow points to virtual keyboard (needed for special characters). You can also type inside the text window (for example try "smelly feet" in English to Polish.
- Downward arrow will allow you to hear pronunciation
- Upward arrow (Alt+Ctrl) will activated the alternate characters for the language
As a student exercise, I would like everyone to try this out with their language of choice.
As an aside, my post title is a play on a title of a book written by David Sedaris, a humorist and frequent contributor to the radio show This American Life.