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Google Translate with speech synthesis in your terminal.


Normit is an easy way to translate stuff in your terminal. You can check out its Ruby gem version termit.

npm install normit -g
normit 'source_language' 'target_language' 'text'


normit en es "hey cowboy where is your horse?"
=> "Hey vaquero dónde está tu caballo?"
normit fr en "qui est votre papa?"
=> "Who's Your Daddy?"

Parenthesis are not necessary for text data input:

normit fr ru qui est votre papa?
=> "Кто твой папочка?"

Specify a -t (talk) flag to use speech synthesis (requires mpg123):

normit en fr "hey cowboy where is your horse?" -t
=> "Hey cowboy où est votre cheval ?" # and a french voice says something about a horse

You can use normit as a speech synthesizer of any supported language without having to translate anything:

normit en en "hold your horses cowboy !" -t
=> "hold your horses cowboy !" # and an english voice asks you to hold on

Idea by Nedomas . See and hear your messages translated to target lang every time you commit:

In ~/.zshrc

export LANG=es
git(){[[ "$@" = commit\ -m* ]]&&normit en $LANG ${${@:$#}//./} -t;command git $@}

I am no shell ninja so if you know how to make it work in bash then please submit a PR.

To find all available language codes visit

Works with node 0.10.0 and higher.

To use speech synthesis you need to have mpg123 installed.

For Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install mpg123

For MacOSX:

brew install mpg123

It was rewritten to work with Bing Translator . Thanks to Ragnarson for supporting it !

Normit works by scraping the private APIs and is therefore not recommended for use in production or on a large scale.