Just an FYI that Google has made "improvements" to their speech-to-text and translate engines which now block queries without a server key. For details, see Lefteris comments here. He advises that there should be a patch within the next week for speech-recog.agi... But you'll still need to obtain your own server key and there's a limit of 50 requests per day. Here are the four steps: Join Chromium-Dev group here. Create a Project here. Enable the Speech API for your Project here. You may have to Search for: Speech API Create a key in the Developer's Console from #3 by clicking Credentials -> Create New Key -> Server Key. Leave IP address restriction blank. Copy your API Key to the clipboard. READ THE LICENSE AGREEMENT. THIS IS FOR PERSONAL AND DEVELOPMENT USE ONLY.