Last week Google's CEO demonstrated a conversation between Google Assistant (a machine) and a real person (a real person).
The conversation was so smooth and natural that the woman on the other side of the phone did not even suspect she was NOT speaking with a real person.
It got me thinking….
What made Google Assistant's voice so natural and so freakishly real?
And what we, as non-native speakers can learn from the choices made by those who developed this AI technology?
In other words – if it works for Assistant, it can work for you.
In the video, I'm going to analyze the conversation phrase by phrase, and illustrate how speech elements like intonation, phrasing, connected speech, upspeak and filler words were so effectively used.
let me know in the comments below the video what other elements of speech/ phrases/ fillers words do you hear people use that make them sound natural?