Microsoft Translator adds 6 new languages to the list of text to speech languages, bringing the total number of supported languages to 36. Text to speech audio output allows you to play translated text in its native accent.

As mentioned in the Cognitive Services blog, the languages were added to the Bing Speech API in early February, and are now available in the Translator Text and Speech APIs, as well as end-user products.

You can use text to speech to quickly communicate with others, or to learn how to pronounce foreign words and phrases.

Say, for instance, you are visiting a museum in Vietnam—you’ve found the building but can’t find the entrance. You can just type, “Where is the entrance to the museum?” into your Microsoft Translator app to translate to Vietnamese, push the speaker button for text to speech, and you can play the audio to ask for assistance.

What’s more, you could listen and repeat the text to speech in your hotel room to practice common words and phrases.

You can also use the Microsoft Translator API to add text to speech into your own apps, products, and workflows. For instance, you could add text to speech into your customer support channels to provide real-time multilingual assistance.

The following languages are now available for text to speech, with new languages in bold:

Arabic Croatian French Indonesian Polish Spanish
Bulgarian Czech German Italian Portuguese Swedish
Cantonese Danish Greek Japanese Romanian Tamil
Catalan Dutch Hebrew Korean Russian Thai
Chinese (Simplified) English Hindi Malay Slovak Turkish
Chinese (Traditional) Finnish Hungarian Norwegian Slovenian Vietnamese

Text to speech in all of the new languages is available now in the Translator app for Android, Translator for Bing, and the Microsoft Translator Text and Speech APIs. The text to speech feature is available in Translator for iOS and the Microsoft Translator live feature, with support for these new languages coming soon.


Source: Introducing 6 new text to speech languages Translator