I have had a smart phone for more than a year. I soon discovered that my phone has voice recognition software that allows me to send text messages more easily than typing them with my thumbs.
Several months ago I also discovered that my phone recognizes more languages than English. I have been trying to improve my German so I decided to test my phone's language skills. I set my preferences for "Deutsch" and said "Wie geht's, Herr Schneider. Ich bin sehr gut." (How is it going, Mr. Schneider? I am very good.") I couldn't remember the German for "question mark" (das Fragezeichen), so the translation didn't have punctuation. This is what I got:
"Wie gehts herr Schneider ich bin sehr gut."
Later on I decided to see how accurately my phone would render Ocracoke English. This is what was entered: "Mornin' Buck. The tide is high on the sound side. Let's go fishin'."
And this is what showed up on the phone's display:
I guess my phone is not so smart after all!
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of late 19th century steamship traffic to Ocracoke, and the large Victorian hotel that accommodated the guests. You can read the article here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082114.htm.