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Language DifferencesEdit

Phonetically speaking, English and Spanish are similar enough to allow for conversions between them to be understandable. Despite the fact that English has 20 vowel sounds and Spanish only 5, the spanish vowels can be used as approximates for the english ones with a varying degree of closeness (Ex: "a" in spanish can be used for "@", "V", etc.).

Accent is a large issue in creating understandable English from Spanish. One main issue is the accentation of "r" and "x". Due to Spanish having a trilled "r", the untrilled "r" obtains an amount of trill. Another example, with a larger and more noticable difference, is the Spanish "x" phoneme being used in place of the English "h" phoneme. The "x" phoneme becomes harsher than "h" and slightly trilled, causing it to be closer to the German sound used for "ch". This can be alleviated partially by adding "_0" to "x" creating "x_0". The "_0" removes some of the harshness creating a closer approxomation, however, further editing is required to create a closer approxomate.

Spanish to EnglishEdit

TechniquesEdit

   DipthongsEdit

As opposed to english voicebanks where the dipthongs are included as seperate phonetics, spanish voicebanks have the dipthongs formed from a combination of two vowels.(Ex: "aI" as opposed to "a I")


Conversion ListEdit

English Symbol Sample Classification IPA's Symbol / Name Spanish Quasi-Equivalent Notes Related Phonemes (English)
[@] aware, synthesis, harmony, the vowel ə schwa

[a]

[V] (stressed)


[@r] (r-colored)


[Q@]

[V] strut, unclean, cut,
duck
vowel ʌ open-mid back unrounded vowel [a]

[@] (unstressed)


[{] (fronted)


[Q@] (r-colored)

[e] them, egg vowel ɛ open-mid front unrounded vowel [e]

[e@] (r-colored)


[eI] (diphthongized)

[I] kit, it, synthesis vowel ɪ near-close near-front unrounded vowel [i]

[i:] (tense)


[I@] (r-colored)

[i:] beef, eat, harmony vowel close front unrounded vowel [i]

[I] (lax)


[I@] (r-colored)

[{] trap, axe vowel æ near-open front unrounded vowel [a] [aU] (diphthongized)
[O:] taught, ought, ball vowel ɔː open-mid back rounded vowel [a] / [o]

[O@]


[U@]


[Q]

[Q] lot, off vowel ɒ open back rounded vowel [o]

[O:]


[OI]

[U] put, look vowel ʊ near-close near-back rounded vowel [u]

[u:] (tense)


[U@] (r-colored)

[u:] boot, view vowel close back rounded vowel [u]

[w] (semivowel)


[U] (lax)


[U@] (r-colored)

[@r] urge, bird, marker rhotic vowel əɹ or ɚ [e]+([r]) / [a]+([r])

[@] (non-rhotic)


[V]

[eI] payage, date dipthong eɪ̯ [e]+[I] [e] (monothong)
[aI] buyeye, died dipthong aɪ̯ [a]+[I]

[@] 


[V]


[{]

[OI] boyoil, choice dipthong ɔɪ̯ [o]+[I]

[Q]


[O:]


[O@]

[@U] oat, soak, show dipthong

oʊ̯ (UK)


oʊ̯~o (US)

[o]+[U] [@]
[aU] loud, out, cow dipthong aʊ̯ [a]+[U] [{]
[I@] beer, ear rhotic vowel

ɪə (UK)


i(ə)ɹ (US)

[i]+[a]+([r])

[I] (uppercase i)


[i:]

[e@] bear, air, aware rhotic vowel

ɜː (UK)


ɝ (US)

[e]+[a]+([r]) [e] (non-rhotic)
[U@] poor, surely rhotic vowel

ʊə (UK)


ʊɹ (US)

[u]+[a]+([r])

[U]


[u:]


[O:]


[O@]

[O@] pour, sort, pour rhotic vowel

ɔː(ɹ) (UK)



ɔɹ~oɹ (US)

[o]+[a]+([r])

[O:]


[Q]

[Q@] starare, harmony rhotic vowel

ɑː(ɹ) (UK)


ɑɹ (US)

[a]+([r]) [@], [V]


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