Google has integrated eSpeak, an open source software speech synthesizer for English and other languages, in its online translation service Google Translate. The move will allow users of Google Translate to hear translations spoken out loud ('text-to-speech') by clicking the speaker icon beside some translations.
According to Google, the company had earlier developed its own technology for the purpose and rolled this feature out for English and Haitian Creole translations a few months ago and added French, Italian, German, Hindi and Spanish a couple of weeks ago. “Now we’re bringing text-to-speech to even more languages with the open source speech synthesizer, eSpeak,” Fergus Henderson, a software engineer at Google, has said.
“By integrating eSpeak we are adding text-to-speech functionality for 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,” Fergus Henderson has added