Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Text to speech translator of Google is now available for more languages

By adding 27 new languages, Google Translate has made the text-to-speech feature more useful. The newly added languages are 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.
Google used the open-source speech synthesizer called eSpeak, but it was just a placeholder until Google manages to bring better results. "You may notice that the audio quality of these languages isn’t at the same level as the previously released languages. Clear and accurate speech technology is difficult to perfect, but we will continue to improve the performance and number of languages that are supported," says Google's Fergus Henderson.

At the same time, English was the only language to have this feature, but four more additional languages have been added in the past two months. They’re Haitian Creole, French, Italian and German. Now, start using the Google Translate and listen to the exact sound of the languages.