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Brad Pitt (as Lt. Aldo Raine) Scores 57 in Italian

Posted on June 24, 2010 by

After we released the new speech recognition feature yesterday and had all the good feeedback, we got into what you might call a funny mood. We ended up testing some celebrities with our new feature.
It was loads of fun running Brad Pitt’s pronunciation through the tool to see what score he would have gotten for his Americanized Italian in Tarantino’s movie “Inglorious Basterds”. His buongiorno and arrivederci are understandable, but you have to admit the pronunciation is far from perfect!  According to our new tool that evaluates pronunciation quality, Lt. Aldo Raine scores a 53 for his buongiorno and a 57 for the famous arrivederci. A little practice could have probably helped…
You can try your own results in any of seven languages on Babbel.com. To practice Italian greetings, just select the beginner’s course. First step is free after a simple registration.