How Can I Dictate In Other Languages?
[Last updated 18 October, 2009]
[msd] is currently the only speech-to-text program under development for OS X. Thirteen English dialects/accents are supported, and US and UK spelling options. These are:
- US Spelling
- American - Inland Northern
- American - Southern
- American - Teens
- Southeast Asian
- UK Spelling
- Southeast Asian
Specialised versions - Dictate Medical and Dictate Legal - are available for dictating in these language areas, and Dictate International is now available and recognises speech in French, German, and Italian. MacSpeech have strongly hinted that Spanish language recognition is next on their agenda.
For Windows, Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Preferred supports Spanish and Dutch languages, but there is currently no way to recognise these using MacSpeech Dictate. If you want to dictate in Dutch or Spanish and don't want to wait for Dictate International to include these languages, you can use Parallels or VM Fusion to run Windows XP or Vista on a "virtual machine" inside your OS X machine. Using Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Preferred you can dictate into a document within the Windows virtual machine.
To get your text back into OS X you'll need to select and copy it in the Windows program you're using, switch back to OS X and paste it into a document, email message, or other OS X window. So this method won't let you dictate directly into OS X documents or to control your OS X computer by voice, but if you need to dictate in other languages for writing documents it could be ideal. Dragon NS 10 has specific language editions for each language, and they all include English dictation as well as the language purchased. You'll also need a copy of Parallels or VM Fusion and a licensed copy of Windows XP or Windows Vista for this method.
Thanks to Paul for the creative solution! I hope it helps others until [msd] is up to the task.
- Ricky Buchanan