I tried several times to get Google Translate’s voice recognition to properly recognize my spoken pronunciation of this sentence:
But 9 times out of 10, Google fails to recognize my pronunciation of 政治學. It seems to recognize it best if I speak the entire sentence robotically, with each syllable taking the same amount of time, and exaggerating (slowing down) my pronunciation of the high-to-low falling tones on 政 (zheng4) and 治 (zhi4). Even then, Google only occasionally recognizes the word.
If anyone here is using Google Translate (either the smartphone app or the web page), could you try speaking the above sentence into Google Translate and see if Google properly recognizes it?
I’m wondering if my pronunciation is at fault, if Google’s recognition is at fault, or both.