11 new languages and variants and more voices are added to Azure’s Neural Text to Speech service

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This post is co-authored with Nick Zhao, Qinying Liao, Binggong Ding and Sheng Zhao

 

Since its launch, Azure Neural TTS has been quickly expanded to more languages and variants (as of May 2022, 129 languages/variants are supported). That is, however, just a small portion of 7,000+ total spoken languages on the planet today. And we have been receiving requests from our customers for more languages.

 

Today we are glad to announce that Speech Service’s Neural TTS is now extended to support 11 more new languages/variants, which includes more variants for those languages being used across many countries/regions such as: Albanian, Arabic in Lebanon and Oman, Azerbaijani, Bosnian, Georgian, Mongolian, Nepali, Tamil in Malaysia, Sichuan and Liaoning accent Mandarin. With this update, Azure Neural TTS now supports 140 languages/variants with 400 voices out-of-box. With other Cognitive Services including Speech-to-TextOCR and Translator extended to 100+ languages, Azure AI is one big step closer to its ambition to empower every organization and everyone on the planet to achieve more, without the language barrier.

 

Please check the few updates below:

  • 9 new languages in GA: Arabic (Lebanon), Arabic (Oman), Azerbaijani (Azerbaijan), Bosnian (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Georgian (Georgia), Mongolian (Mongolia), Nepali (Nepal), Albanian (Albania), Tamil (Malaysia)
  • 38 new voices in Public Preview for: Italian (Italy), Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish (Mexico)
  • 2 new accents for Mandarin in Public Preview: Sichuan and Liaoning accents
  • 3 new voices and 4 new styles for Mandarin in Public Preview.

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9 new languages

While there are thousands of spoken languages in the world, the top 1% (~70 language) accounts for the 80%+ of the global population (check reference here). With years’ development, the TTS technology has been available in many common spoken languages and has been updated in these languages with many advanced features available. However, due to the lack of training data or business needs, there’s almost nothing available for those less spoken languages. Inspired by the vision to remove the language barrier for everyone and powered by the low resource setting TTS technology, we keep working to expand our capability to support those less touched languages in the world.

 

Today, we are adding 9 new languages to our neural TTS portfolio. This is just a small portion compared to our goal, but we are on the way!

 

Check out how the voices in these languages sound like with the samples below.

Locales

Locale Name

Voice Name

Scripts

Audio

az-AZ

Azerbaijani (Azerbaijan)

BabekNeural

Soyuq su dəridə möhkəmləndirici və nəmləndirici təsir göstərir.

az-AZ

Azerbaijani (Azerbaijan)

BanuNeural

Qazsız içkilərə və şəkərsiz kompotlara üstünlük verməyiniz tövsiyə olunur.

ar-LB

Arabic (Lebanon)

RamiNeural

ما أجمل الربيع وأحلى نسماته!

ar-LB

Arabic (Lebanon)

LaylaNeural

ما هي أكبر دولة في العالم؟

sq-AL

Albanian (Albania)

IlirNeural

Ajo ka qenë ndër artistet që ka arritur të marrë vëmendje të madhe ndër vite.

sq-AL

Albanian (Albania)

AnilaNeural

Cilin vend do të dëshironit të vizitonit?

ka-GE

Georgian (Georgia)

GiorgiNeural

მეწარმეებს გვაქვს არჩევანის საშუალება როგორც ხარისხში, ასევე ფასში.

ka-GE

Georgian (Georgia)

EkaNeural

თავად აღმზრდელებისთვის, პირბადით მუშაობა არ არის ადვილი.

mn-MN

Mongolian (Mongolia)

BataaNeural

Үүний гол шалтгаан нь бусад хүмүүс хэт ерөнхийлдөгт оршино.

mn-MN

Mongolian (Mongolia)

YesuiNeural

Тэгвэл дээрх байдлыг яаж өөрчилж, яаж шийдэх вэ?

ne-NP

Nepali (Nepal)

SagarNeural

आज म पोखरा जाँदैछु।

ne-NP

Nepali (Nepal)

HemkalaNeural

आजसम्मको जीवनमा तपाईंले सिकेका सबैभन्दा ठूला चीजहरू के हुन्?

bs-BA

Bosnian (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

GoranNeural

On tvrdi da i ne osjeti potrebu za izlaskom.

bs-BA

Bosnian (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

VesnaNeural

Oboje su od malih nogu bili članovi dramske sekcije.

ar-OM

Arabic (Oman)

AyshaNeural

إن تعداد سكان الصين الحالي حوالي 1.4 مليار نسمة.

ar-OM

Arabic (Oman)

AbdullahNeural

عامل الناس كما تحب أن يعاملوك.

ta-MY

Tamil (Malaysia)

SuryaNaural

ஸ்டாக் முடிவதற்குள் வேண்டியதை உடனே வாங்குங்கள்.

ta-MY

Tamil (Malaysia)

KaniNaural

பொறாமை என்பது மறுக்க முடியாத மோசமான உணர்வு.

 

40 more voices for popular languages

Voices variety is a common request from our customers, we have good feedback for some new voices released in early this Feb for de-DE, en-GB, and fr-FR in Public Preview. For this month, we are going to GA all those 36 voices; beside that, we are going to introduce 38 new voices for es-MX, pt-BR, it-IT; and 5 Chinese Mandarin voices with new styles, including 2 accents: Sichuan and Liaoning for Public Preview.

 

Check out the new voices with the audio samples below 

Locales

Locale Name

Voice Name

Scripts

Audio

es-MX

Spanish (Mexico)

CecilioNeural

¿Cuál es su equipo de futbol favorito?

es-MX

Spanish (Mexico)

GerardoNeural

La gratitud es la memoria del corazón.

es-MX

Spanish (Mexico)

LibertoNeural

Nada más puedo pedir, contigo lo tengo todo.

es-MX

Spanish (Mexico)

LucianoNeural

Se espera un cielo despejado con sensación de 22°.

es-MX

Spanish (Mexico)

PelayoNeural

Lo mejor de este año, haberte conocido.

es-MX

Spanish (Mexico)

YagoNeural

No me gustan las despedidas, y las de ti, menos.

es-MX

Spanish (Mexico)

BeatrizNeural

El sabio crea, los demás copian.

es-MX

Spanish (Mexico)

CarlotaNeural

Deja atrás lo que no te conduce hacia adelante.

es-MX

Spanish (Mexico)

NuriaNeural

El avión estaba programado para despegar a las 9:30 de la mañana.

es-MX

Spanish (Mexico)

CandelaNeural

El agua hierve a los 100°.

es-MX

Spanish (Mexico)

LarissaNeural

Aprobé el examen de ingreso con el puntaje del 83%.

es-MX

Spanish (Mexico)

RenataNeural

Las crisis no quitan amigos, sólo los selecciona.

es-MX

Spanish (Mexico)

MarinaNeural

Que tu fe sea mayor que tus problemas.

it-IT

Italian (Italy)

PierinaNeural

Il cinema tornerà in attività il prima possibile.

it-IT

Italian (Italy)

FabiolaNeural

Sarà una gara di grande fascino.

it-IT

Italian (Italy)

ImeldaNeural

Il codice di avviamento postale di Torre del Greco è 80059.

it-IT

Italian (Italy)

PalmiraNeural

Si tratta di persone in buone condizioni di salute.

it-IT

Italian (Italy)

FiammaNeural

I giocatori sono professionisti e molto motivati.

it-IT

Italian (Italy)

IrmaNeural

Il film presenta uno scenario magico.

it-IT

Italian (Italy)

BenignoNeural

I giocatori sono professionisti e molto motivati.

it-IT

Italian (Italy)

CataldoNeural

Vincenzo D'Aguanno è di Marsala.

it-IT

Italian (Italy)

LisandroNeural

Si tratta di persone in buone condizioni di salute.

it-IT

Italian (Italy)

GianniNeural

I tempi di caricamento non sono un problema.

it-IT

Italian (Italy)

CalimeroNeural

Il concerto inizierà prima del tramonto.

it-IT

Italian (Italy)

RinaldoNeural

Sarà una gara di grande fascino.

pt-BR

Portuguese (Brazil)

DonatoNeural

O ônibus sai às 15 horas.

pt-BR

Portuguese (Brazil)

FabioNeural

O abacate é uma fruta muito nutritiva.

pt-BR

Portuguese (Brazil)

JulioNeural

Vamos alugar 2 carros para a nossa viagem.

pt-BR

Portuguese (Brazil)

NicolauNeural

Controlar sua vida é questão importante para o ser humano.

pt-BR

Portuguese (Brazil)

ValerioNeural

Essas crises tendem a variar de intensidade.

pt-BR

Portuguese (Brazil)

LeticiaNeural

Como se diz abóbora em espanhol?

pt-BR

Portuguese (Brazil)

BrendaNeural

A data de nascimento dele é dia 25/03/2010.

pt-BR

Portuguese (Brazil)

ElzaNeural

O que você quer ganhar de presente de Natal?

pt-BR

Portuguese (Brazil)

ManuelaNeural

A temperatura máxima de hoje será de 30 graus Celsius.

pt-BR

Portuguese (Brazil)

GiovannaNeural

Quem fez esse pedido de suco de uva?

pt-BR

Portuguese (Brazil)

LeilaNeural

Nossa tarefa já está 70% concluída.

pt-BR

Portuguese (Brazil)

YaraNeural

A primeira coisa a se fazer é não tentar evitá-la.

pt-BR

Portuguese (Brazil)

HumbertoNeural

O resultado do jogo foi 3 a 1.

zh-CN-LN

Chinese (Liaoning accent Mandarin, Simplified)

XiaobeiNeural

那天我摔了,磕的老邪乎了,还是一个不认识的老大爷帮我喊的救护车。

zh-CN-SC

Chinese (Sichuan accent Mandarin, Simplified)

YunxiSichuanNeural

勒个火锅吃起巴适安逸得很。

zh-CN

Chinese (Mandarin, Simplified)

YunfengNeural

哎,可惜现在咱们家里也穷了,不然姨父这腿,帮不帮得上忙的,总得帮一把

 

Check out these new styles as below

Locale

Language

Style

Voice name

Script

Audio

zh-CN

Chinese (Mandarin, Simplified)

sports-commentary

YunjianNeural

博尔特的启动加速非常完美

zh-CN

Chinese (Mandarin, Simplified)

sports-commentary-excited

YunjianNeural

刘翔赢了,刘翔创造了历史,一个黑头发黄皮肤的中国人成了世界飞人

zh-CN

Chinese (Mandarin, Simplified)

advertisement-upbeat

YunhaoNeural

商场真情回馈,优惠8

zh-CN

Chinese (Mandarin, Simplified)

poetry-reading

XiaoxiaoNeural

月既不解饮,影徒随我身

 

Get started

With these updates, we’re excited to be powering natural and intuitive voice experiences for more customers. Text to Speech offers 400 neural voices across over 140 languages and locales, which can serve you and your customers in different markets around the world.

In addition, the Custom Neural Voice capability enable organizations to create a unique brand voice in multiple languages and styles.

 

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