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According to the Official Google Research Blog,

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! […]

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.

Despite the date of the post, I can testify that [ˈæ.vəˌgeɪtˌneɪ ˈuˌteɪ 'i.tsəˌpeɪ] actually works!


  1. Skullturf said,

    April 1, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

    Oy vey!

  2. Spell Me Jeff said,

    April 1, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

    I am SUCH a dork. I tried to analyze "ˈuˌteɪ 'i.tsəˌpeɪ" as a single word!

  3. HP said,

    April 1, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

    Navigate to pizza?

    I gotta learn phonetics.

  4. Pedro J. Moreno said,

    April 1, 2011 @ 8:42 pm


    Not only we released Pig Latin but also Latin!. We figured we might as well do the real thing recycling the Italian acoustic models and a language model trained on Wikipedia.

    If you try it remember to use the classic latin pronunciation, not the italian style.

    I guess we are starting a new trend doing voice search for death languages…. :-)

  5. Shmuel said,

    April 1, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

    Pubersubonuballuby, ubi cuban't wubait ubuntubil thubey ubadd Ububbubi Dububbubi.

  6. Mark Mandel said,

    April 1, 2011 @ 11:17 pm

    @Pedro J. Moreno: No, no. Latin is a *dead* language. A *death* language would be, say Death Eater code speech, or "Cthulhu fhtagn".

  7. Stephen Nicholson said,

    April 1, 2011 @ 11:19 pm

    That's great. I've never been good at figuring out pig latin in my head. I can never remember the rules!

    This is better than the time they renamed their company after a small town.

  8. m.m. said,

    April 2, 2011 @ 1:03 am

    Pfft, pig latin is so mainstream. It's all about farfalla/afindafi/Alfabeto farfallino.

    I'm wondering… Can it deal well with opposite english accents? Like an inland north vs canadian and an intermediate?

  9. Janice Byer said,

    April 2, 2011 @ 2:00 am

    skullturf said "voy" heh heh.

  10. Matt McIrvin said,

    April 3, 2011 @ 5:47 pm

    I want Ubbi Dubbi.

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