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Talk to Brainstory in your own language

You can use your almost any language to talk to Brainstory - this is how!
By Tamás Deme & Johnson Lin

While Brainstory only speaks English, we are happy to announce that you can talk to Brainstory in your own language! (With some asterisks, of course.)

Talk in the language you’re most comfortable

This feature is available right now! You don’t need to anything: just talk! Anything you say will be automatically translated to English in the same conversation flow we all love. As mentioned, this won’t affect the language of the questions asked, or the summary— but hopefully this allows you to be even more at ease.

How we use the multilingual capability

Johnson grew up in a bilingual household and learns languages as a hobby. For him, sometimes he forgets a word in one language but can recall it in another. Other times, some words are more natural in one language than another, like titles for relatives.

Here is Johnson’s example as he tries to figure out what presents to buy his grandparents:

Mandarin Translations:
奶奶 = Grandma
爷爷 = Grandpa

Johnson: 奶奶 really likes to talk on the phone. 爷爷 usually spends his time watching YouTube videos. They both take walks in the evening. That’s about it. They don’t really do much else which is why getting them a gift is hard.

Brainstory: It’s great that they are active and enjoy simple pleasures. Considering their daily activities, what kind of gift do you think could enhance their experiences?

And other times, Johnson is trying to tell a story about a past conversation (in another language!):

Japanese Translations:
韓国語のメニュー大丈夫ですか = Is the Korean menu alright?
え?英語のメニューありますか = Eh? Is there an English menu?
え? = Eh?
はい...あります = Yeah... We have one.

Johnson: One of the funniest things that happened while I was there was getting mistaken for Korean. I went to an Okonomiyaki place and the people in front of me were Korean and the people behind me were Korean so I guess it was a pretty popular place for Korean tourists. So when the waiter sat me down, they were like 韓国語のメニュー大丈夫ですか and I was just like え?英語のメニューありますか and they looked at me with a blank face and was like え? and I just slowly nodded my head with a panicked smile since I could barely read any Korean and then finally they were like はい…あります and left with a really confused face to grab me an English menu.

Brainstory: Sounds like your experiences in Japan were quite interesting and also humorous at times! How do you think these experiences and your desire to improve your Japanese might influence your plans or goals for the next year?

The asterisks

We have 2 of them to call out.

  1. We are relying on OpenAI’s Whisper service for the translation: it’s possible that there might be an error recognizing the language you spoke, or that the translation might be incorrect. On these occasions, just ask for the previous thought to be corrected or ignored!

  2. Whisper currently supports (as of 2023 December):

Afrikaans, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Kazakh, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Marathi, Maori, Nepali, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Welsh

This list is updated independently of us, so if you want to make sure your language is supported you can always check their documentation here and verify.

Try it out yourself!

Head to Brainstory and try speaking in whatever language is most comfortable for you! We’ll be keeping Brainstory in English for now so we can ensure the quality of the conversation experience, but we’re open to the idea of fully supporting other languages in the future. Join our community Discord and let us know how you use this multilingual feature or if supporting other languages is important to you.