Have Google Translate speak to you using your local speakers

function say { mplayer -really-quiet "http://translate.google.com/translate_tts?tl=en&q=$1"; }
Put the string above in your ~/.bashrc or ~/.bash_profile, then source the file. Make sure your sound output is working, you have mplayer installed, then type in a word or sentence similar to below: say "why won't anyone talk to me?" It's easy to get the language to be different by changing the "en" in the string to be "de" or some other language that Google Translate supports. Have multiple "say" functions, like "say-en" "say-de", etc.
Sample Output
The output should be heard over your headphones or speakers. You might also see warning messages from mplayer, but they can be ignored:

mplayer: could not connect to socket
mplayer: No such file or directory

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By: tikal808
2011-12-16 20:56:40

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