Are there voices in different languages installed in Mac OS X? E.g. spanish, french or slovak? (latest iPod Nano built-in voiceover has beautiful slovak voice, I'd like to try it on Mac OS X too)

  • There are a lot new voices in 10.7 (e.g. the Danish one I've been playing with). Jul 25 '11 at 14:54
  • @Thorbjørn: that's right, and that's what I've said in my answer as well. High-quality voices for "free", what's not to like? Jul 25 '11 at 15:35
  • Peter, consider accepting one of the original answers and add a note to your question instead of adding an answer much later and accepting that. Jul 25 '11 at 15:46
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    @Thorbjørn: until today, Martins answer was the accepted one. But I don't think it's the best one today. I don't think that changing accepted answer is the wrong practice, but I may reconsider this position. Jul 25 '11 at 17:25
  • See also apple.stackexchange.com/questions/42322/… Aug 13 '18 at 10:13

You can use the following command in the Terminal to get a list of all the available voices:

say -v ?

On my system the output looks like this with the voice name followed by the language abbreviation (I removed the comments):

Agnes en_US

Albert en_US

Alex en_US

Alice it_IT

Alva sv_SE

Amelie fr_CA

Anna de_DE

Bad News

Bahh en_US

Bells en_US

Boing en_US

Bruce en_US

Bubbles en_US

Carmit he_IL

Cellos en_US

Damayanti id_ID

Daniel en_GB

Deranged en_US

Diego es_AR

Ellen nl_BE

Fiona en-scotland

Fred en_US

Good News

Hysterical en_US

Ioana ro_RO

Joana pt_PT

Junior en_US

Kanya th_TH

Karen en_AU

Kathy en_US

Kyoko ja_JP

Laura sk_SK

Lekha hi_IN

Luciana pt_BR

Maged ar_SA

Mariska hu_HU

Mei-Jia zh_TW

Melina el_GR

Milena ru_RU

Moira en_IE

Monica es_ES

Nora nb_NO

Paulina es_MX

Pipe Organ

Princess en_US

Ralph en_US

Samantha en_US

Sara da_DK

Satu fi_FI

Sin-ji zh_HK

Tessa en_ZA

Thomas fr_FR

Ting-Ting zh_CN

Trinoids en_US

Veena en_IN

Vicki en_US

Victoria en_US

Whisper en_US

Xander nl_NL

Yelda tr_TR

Yuna ko_KR

Zarvox en_US

Zosia pl_PL

Zuzana cs_CZ

This is an example on how to use say with a german voice, as suggested by scottishwildcat in the comments:

say -v Anna 'Guten Tag!'

In case you want to hear the example list, you can copy this for loop into your terminal, which will result in all installed voices speaking a text example:

say -v \? | while read LINE
  SPEAKER=$(echo $LINE | egrep -o "^[a-zA-Z\-]*[ ]?[A-Z][a-z]+")
  TEXT=$(echo $LINE | egrep -o "#.*" | tr "#" " ")
  echo $SPEAKER
  echo -ne "This is voice $SPEAKER speaking the example text: \n" $TEXT | say -v $SPEAKER
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    Also worth mentioning you can then use "say -v <voicename>" to use one of those voices, without changing the system preference. For example, say -v Whisper "Now I am whispering".
    – calum_b
    Mar 4 '16 at 21:36
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    This should be the accepted answer.
    – letitbee
    May 24 '16 at 14:04
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    @letitbee maybe the guy who ask the question 6 years ago will come back and delete his answer so he can follow your advice:-) May 25 '16 at 15:17
  • @TomGewecke No doubt my friend, no doubt. That will happen!
    – letitbee
    May 26 '16 at 0:49
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    It's say -v \?
    – Nakilon
    Apr 26 '18 at 16:25

For Mac OS X 10.7, Swedish works pretty well by just downloading the Swedish voices using Preferences->System Voice->Customize and setting either as System Voice. It neatly nails even pretty peculiar Swedish words and spellings.

No guarantee for other languages.

  • same for german. I just got a bit overboard and downloaded all the voices - they need a huge space on the drive and no documented way of removing them. So maybe just download one by one.
    – bdecaf
    Jun 5 '13 at 14:02

As far as I know the only way to get a Mac to speak in another language is to get voice resources in your target language. A web site for French blind people recommends iVox.

Sorry, no Slovak there I can see.

  • Thanks for sharing the link to iVox. At least there is czech voice, I'll try it. Oct 31 '10 at 18:34

Lion has many more voices, including Czech (Zuzana) and Slovak voice (Laura)!


The voices included in Mac OS X 10.6 are optimized for english only. Even if you set your system language to anything different, it won’t work, because it will try to read with english pronunciation, causing funny wordings. Try saying “Hola” for spanish and you’ll see how it says: “hooola” as an english speaking person would read it.


It might be a bit hard to find the international for OS X Lion, this shows how...



  • Yes, this. Then if you want to use it from the Terminal, you can write: say -v Laura "Dobrý deň"
    – mcdado
    Mar 10 '14 at 12:05

Yes, with macOS Big Sur 11.3.1, several languages are pre-installed to be used with the say command in the terminal.

You can check for the available voices in System Preferences > Accessibility. In the left pane, select Spoken content. From the System Voice drop-down menu, you can see the list of already installed voices. You can change here the default voice. Select Customise to add more voices and more languages. You can pre-hear these voices by clicking on the voice name and then clicking the Play button. Once you select new voices, click on OK and they will be downloaded. It might take a few minutes.

You can use the following command in the Terminal to get a list of all the available voices:

say -v'?'

On my computer, this command outputs:

Alex                en_US    # Most people recognize me by my voice.
Alice               it_IT    # Salve, mi chiamo Alice e sono una voce italiana.
Alva                sv_SE    # Hej, jag heter Alva. Jag är en svensk röst.
Amelie              fr_CA    # Bonjour, je m’appelle Amelie. Je suis une voix canadienne.
Anna                de_DE    # Hallo, ich heiße Anna und ich bin eine deutsche Stimme.
Audrey              fr_FR    # Bonjour, je m’appelle Audrey. Je suis une voix française.
Aurelie             fr_FR    # Bonjour, je m’appelle Aurelie. Je suis une voix française.
Carmit              he_IL    # שלום. קוראים לי כרמית, ואני קול בשפה העברית.
Damayanti           id_ID    # Halo, nama saya Damayanti. Saya berbahasa Indonesia.
Daniel              en_GB    # Hello, my name is Daniel. I am a British-English voice.
Diego               es_AR    # Hola, me llamo Diego y soy una voz española.
Ellen               nl_BE    # Hallo, mijn naam is Ellen. Ik ben een Belgische stem.
Fiona               en-scotland # Hello, my name is Fiona. I am a Scottish-English voice.
Fred                en_US    # I sure like being inside this fancy computer
Ioana               ro_RO    # Bună, mă cheamă Ioana . Sunt o voce românească.
Joana               pt_PT    # Olá, chamo-me Joana e dou voz ao português falado em Portugal.
Jorge               es_ES    # Hola, me llamo Jorge y soy una voz española.
Juan                es_MX    # Hola, me llamo Juan y soy una voz mexicana.
Kanya               th_TH    # สวัสดีค่ะ ดิฉันชื่อKanya
Karen               en_AU    # Hello, my name is Karen. I am an Australian-English voice.
Kate                en_GB    # Hello, my name is Kate. I am a British-English voice.
Kyoko               ja_JP    # こんにちは、私の名前はKyokoです。日本語の音声をお届けします。
Laura               sk_SK    # Ahoj. Volám sa Laura . Som hlas v slovenskom jazyku.
Lekha               hi_IN    # नमस्कार, मेरा नाम लेखा है. मैं हिन्दी में बोलने वाली आवाज़ हूँ.
Luca                it_IT    # Salve, mi chiamo Luca e sono una voce italiana.
Luciana             pt_BR    # Olá, o meu nome é Luciana e a minha voz corresponde ao português que é falado no Brasil
Maged               ar_SA    # مرحبًا اسمي Maged. أنا عربي من السعودية.
Mariska             hu_HU    # Üdvözlöm! Mariska vagyok. Én vagyok a magyar hang.
Mei-Jia             zh_TW    # 您好,我叫美佳。我說國語。
Melina              el_GR    # Γεια σας, ονομάζομαι Melina. Είμαι μια ελληνική φωνή.
Milena              ru_RU    # Здравствуйте, меня зовут Milena. Я – русский голос системы.
Moira               en_IE    # Hello, my name is Moira. I am an Irish-English voice.
Monica              es_ES    # Hola, me llamo Monica y soy una voz española.
Nora                nb_NO    # Hei, jeg heter Nora. Jeg er en norsk stemme.
Paulina             es_MX    # Hola, me llamo Paulina y soy una voz mexicana.
Rishi               en_IN    # Hello, my name is Rishi. I am an Indian-English voice.
Samantha            en_US    # Hello, my name is Samantha. I am an American-English voice.
Sara                da_DK    # Hej, jeg hedder Sara. Jeg er en dansk stemme.
Satu                fi_FI    # Hei, minun nimeni on Satu. Olen suomalainen ääni.
Serena              en_GB    # Hello, my name is Serena. I am a British-English voice.
Sin-ji              zh_HK    # 您好,我叫 Sin-ji。我講廣東話。
Tessa               en_ZA    # Hello, my name is Tessa. I am a South African-English voice.
Thomas              fr_FR    # Bonjour, je m’appelle Thomas. Je suis une voix française.
Ting-Ting           zh_CN    # 您好,我叫Ting-Ting。我讲中文普通话。
Veena               en_IN    # Hello, my name is Veena. I am an Indian-English voice.
Victoria            en_US    # Isn't it nice to have a computer that will talk to you?
Xander              nl_NL    # Hallo, mijn naam is Xander. Ik ben een Nederlandse stem.
Yelda               tr_TR    # Merhaba, benim adım Yelda. Ben Türkçe bir sesim.
Yuna                ko_KR    # 안녕하세요. 제 이름은 Yuna입니다. 저는 한국어 음성입니다.
Yuri                ru_RU    # Здравствуйте, меня зовут Yuri. Я – русский голос системы.
Zosia               pl_PL    # Witaj. Mam na imię Zosia, jestem głosem kobiecym dla języka polskiego.
Zuzana              cs_CZ    # Dobrý den, jmenuji se Zuzana. Jsem český hlas.

(partially taken from https://maithegeek.medium.com/having-fun-in-macos-with-say-command-d4a0d3319668)

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