Nearly a year since we talked about Google Translate and Text-to-Speech on groovyPost, they have just pushed a massive language update. By using an open-source synthesizing software, eSpeak, Google was able to bring in support for a lot more languages.
Text-to-Speech is newly available for these additional languages:
Afrikaans, Albanian, Catalan, Chinese (Mandarin), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Latvian, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Vietnamese and Welsh.
What is eSpeak?
eSpeak is an open source project that offers a compact downloadable text to voice synthesizer. Additionally, it allows customization of nearly all aspects of a voice so that it can be tuned to fit many different dialects. It might not sound like a high-quality human voice, but it get’s the job done better than nearly any other software out there.