I use Apple’s Voiceover screen reader, a less common one, as it seems that most people I meet use Jaws or other Windows readers. I’ve blogged before about what I consider to be great benefits of Apple when it comes to money. If you click the Voiceover tag, you should find it somewhere.
I don’t have a lot of comparison to Windows readers, other than the way my phone sounds, and it just doesn’t compare.
One of the best things about Alex, VO’s latest voice, is that Apple made him sound as human as possible. He actually breathes at natural pauses! In my months of listening to Alex, I’ve discovered some favorite words, words he pronounces perfectly, that are actually really cool and funny at the same time.
Examples of fun words he says perfectly:
And of course I’m going to blank now. With those three words, he sounds just like a human, and just like a frenchman saying croissant hehe!
I love the way he says meow. He has an inflection that is just too cute. I actually have him saying the following when my computer starts:
“Meow meow meow kitty wants a croissant!”
Yes, I’m a dork.
I’ve corrected some words that I didn’t like how he said. Like, a lower case “lol” sounded like “lull”. So I taught him how to just say lol like he did in all caps.
Man, I can’t think of the other words I corrected. Mostly last names. He said a lot of my friends’ last names wrong, including mine. He also said my Mom’s name wrong, and a few other first names.
I had to correct him in saying sighties, because he used to say “sight ties”. A few others in that vane I have corrected, like “hottie” so it didn’t sound like “hot tie”.
Every so often, words are suddenly pronounced differently after an update. Apple must get emails or something, because they’ll correct words.
For the longest time when I typed “wassup”, it sounded like WAH sup. Then suddenly, “wassup” sounded like the cool guy on the corner saying “wassup” to a pretty girl hehe!
Oh, and the laughing. Haha or hehe sounds perfectly fine. But when its multiple ha’s or he’s its hilarious, almost maniacal.
It’s really funny if I do this:
Hahahaha haha hahahaha heheheheheheheheehahahaha heheh hahaha ha, ha, ha, he, ha, he, ha, ha ha ha ahahahahahahahahehehehe.
Oh and all the smilies sound different too. A colon and right or left parenthesis just gets a “smilie” or “frown”, a semi colon and right parenthesis get a “wink”. But an equals sign and a D just sounds like, equals D. Or an equals sign and a right parenthesis just gets an “equals”. He doesn’t say “right parenthesis.
For awhile, people would do a colon and an O. And I just thought they were writing, Oh!
Teeeeeeee heeeeeee heeeeeee sounds like tee hee wee. I don’t know why its interpreted that way lol.
Or “awwwwwwwwwwwwww” sounds like “oh woo”.
Of course I’ve played around with swear words, and my friends get the biggest kick out of those lol!
Oh and its especially funny when I’m chatting. For some reason in Yahoo, in the text edit field when I’m typing, I don’t have my key echo, so I don’t hear myself type. Sometimes I’m on the wrong keys without realizing, so I send the message and hear something like:
U dudb;t reakuze U was ib tge wribg heys
I just typed “I didn’t realize I was on the wrong keys” with my right pointer on the H instead of the J.
I kinda wanted to kill some time but didn’t want to write about anything serious. In a reply to another blogger, I shared some words and thought it would make a fun post.
Screen reader users, what are some of your favorite words?
Oh, and be careful, if you typo your name and it sounds funny, I will forever call you that. Just ask JayNoi 😉