Ig-pay Atin-lay Oice-vay Earch-say

April 1, 2011

Posted by Martin Jansche and Alex Salcianu, Google Speech Team

As you might know, Google Voice Search is available in more than two dozen languages and dialects, making it easy to perform Google searches just by speaking into your phone.

Today it is our pleasure to announce the launch of Pig Latin Voice Search!

What is Pig Latin you may ask? Wikipedia describes it as a language game where, for each English word, the first consonant (or consonant cluster) is moved to the end of the word and an “ay” is affixed (for example, “pig” yields “ig-pay” and “search” yields “earch-say”).

Our Pig Latin Voice Search is even more fun than our other languages, because when you speak in Pig Latin, our speech recognizer not only recognizes your piggy speech but also translates it automagically to normal English and does a Google search.

To configure Pig Latin Voice Search in your Android phone just go to Settings, select “Voice input & output settings”, and then “Voice recognizer settings”. In the list of languages you’ll see Pig Latin. Just select it and you are ready to roll in the mud!

It also works on iPhone with the Google Search app. In the app, tap the Settings icon, then "Voice Search" and select Pig Latin.

Ave-hay un-fay ith-way Ig-pay Atin-lay.

Pig Latin Voice Search works on Android 2.2 (Froyo) and later Android versions. If you don't already have Google Voice Search on your Android phone, scan or tap this QR code to download it.

The list of languages and dialects now supported by Google Voice Search includes:
  • US English, UK English, Australian English, Indian English, South African English
  • Spanish from Spain, Mexico, Argentina, and Latin America
  • French (France), Italian, and Portuguese (Brazil)
  • German (Germany) and Dutch
  • Russian, Polish, and Czech
  • Turkish
  • Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Mainland China and Taiwan), and Cantonese
  • Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Malaysia
  • Afrikaans and isiZulu
  • Latin
  • Pig Latin