Projects / eSpeak


eSpeak is a compact text to speech engine for good quality English and other languages. Its clear articulation and good intonation makes it suitable for listening to long text articles. It can speak text files from the command line, and also operates as a "talker" within the KDE TTS system and with a Gnome Speech driver, as an alternative to Festival or other similar programs. Windows SAPI5 and command line versions are also available.

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Recent releases

  •  23 Dec 2008 17:37

    Release Notes: New languages have been added: Latvian, Catalan, Albanian, and Armenian. Adjustments have been made to improve the tonal quality of speech. Languages have been improved, including US English and Esperanto. Text within <script> and <style> tag pairs is now ignored when speaking HTML. The command options --path and --phonout have been added. Many minor improvements and bugfixes have been made.

    •  23 Aug 2008 13:44

      Release Notes: Support has been added for MBROLA Brazilian and Spanish voices. Pitch control now works for MBROLA voices with the SAPI5 version. Language improvements include English/US, French, Afrikaans, and Portuguese. Various minor bugs have been fixed.

      •  12 Mar 2008 17:02

        Release Notes: Tamil, Turkish, Kurdish, and Indonesian languages have been added. Languages have been improved, including French, Mandarin, Spanish, and Polish. The names of accented characters up to U+17F are spoken in each language, and other character names are spoken in English if not available in a language. Several bugs have been fixed, including faster speed in the SAPI5 version, and voice selection in SSML tags.

        •  23 Jan 2008 21:29

          Release Notes: Improvements have been made to languages including American, Spanish, and Lojban. New command line options have been added: --split and --compile=debug. A speech quality bug in version 1.30 has been fixed that gave vowels too strong an attack. Corrections have been made to SSML tags: emphasis, break time, say-as, and audio.

          •  31 Dec 2007 18:16

            Release Notes: Different intonation styles have been added. The top speed has been increased to 390wpm. An option has been added to include a pause between words. Various bugfixes and language improvements have been made. Languages have been added: Mandarin, Serbian, and Ancient Greek.


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