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Questions tagged [text-to-speech]

A service which "reads" text aloud to the user

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MacOS highlight individual words as they are spoken, as iOS

In iOS it is possible to have text read out load using the built-in text-to-speech (TTS) while at the same time having the individual words highlight as they are spoken. Like in this gif: (taken ...
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Voice in iOS switches language during text-to-speech

Very often, as I'm listening to an article being read by an American English voice with swipe-down "Speak Screen" or selected-text "Speak Selection." A date or number would be spelled in Dutch by the ...
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Google DeepMind Wavenet voices in mac TTS?

I don't know enough about code to do this, but is it possible to use the Google wavenet voices in the Mac TTS? Under System Preferences > Accessibility > Speech you can chose voices and if you ...
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How to correct “Speak Selection” and “Speak Screen” pronunciations?

I commonly swipe downward from the top of my iPhone screen to listen to Siri read the page displayed (enabled under Settings / General / Accessibility / Speech / Speak Selection), or I tap-hold and ...
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Change Text to Speech Speed on the command line

I want to change the speed of my text to speech. I know I can do this via preferences like this: However, I want to configure this setting via the command line. How can I set the speaking rate via ...
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How can I run “say --output-file” without it hanging (and worse) with more than 310 bytes of input?

For my non-commercial curiosity, I'm interested in turning some of Lewis Carroll's work into machine-generated speech. When sending the output to an audio device, the say command can do this even with ...
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Change Read&Write Reading Speed (Not Default)

Okay, so I use this chrome extension Read&Write. It is basically a text to speech app. From what I understand, it draws on the existing text to speech voices on my computer (although I could be ...
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Change mac text to speech beyond 720 wpm

Model Identifier: MacBookPro11,4 System Version: macOS 10.13.5 (17F77) Okay, so I figured out how to change my default mac text to speech rate using the following terminal command (modified from this ...
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Can you add different voice tags to apple text to speech

Okay, so see the following link: https://developer.apple.com/library/archive/documentation/UserExperience/Conceptual/SpeechSynthesisProgrammingGuide/FineTuning/FineTuning.html If you have your mac ...
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why iphone “text to speech” english is much clearer than french?

after config in “Settings>General>Accessibility>Speak”, i could select a paragraph of text then could let iphone "speek" it out. But I found that French text are spoken much vaguely, on the contrary, ...
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Make Speech in Safari read different languages

It would make sense when I have Safari read Japanese text (for example on this page) by clicking Edit then Speech then Start Speaking, that it would recognize Japanese language and switch voice to a ...
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“Speak selected text” reads whole document in Preview

Recently I enabled Speak selected text when key is pressed feature in Accessibility menu. It works well in Safari, Finder and other apps. But in Preview and other PDF readers like Skim, it acts wired....
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How can I restart the text to speech feature?

I use the text to speech feature a lot. Sometimes, after I put the macbook to sleep and come back to it the feature no longer works. I would have to shutdown/restart the computer in order for the ...
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Speak screen saying “one dollar?”

Every few sentences, the phone speaks a phrase that sounds like "one dollar." It's not in the text of the screen. Anyone know what this is? This also happens on the Uber driver app when it’s speaking ...
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Why can't my Mac say “defeat ISIS”?

I'm running Sierra (10.12.5) and I've been using the text-to-speech feature to read news articles. The system stumbled over the phrase "defeat ISIS" today, saying DEH-feh-CHURring EYE-sis. The ...
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Is there a way to start speaking a word using macOS text to speech by hovering over it and pressing a shortcut?

I want it to speak the word without selecting it, just hovering over it + a shortcut. Or by pressing a shortcut after using the lookup feature in Mac.
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What are all the dictation commands in iOS? (iOS 10)

iOS (10) has a speech-recognition-based dictation feature. You press a little microphone button, start talking, and it transcribes your speech into text. Commands I currently know: "new paragraph" "...
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Can I add custom pronunciations to “Speech”?

When given a well-known abbreviation or acronym, Mac's built-in Text-to-Speech engine automatically speaks the correct word or pronunciation, instead of the individual letters. For example: vs ...
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How to get around “say” command bug when setting volume?

Context: I have an AppleScript .scpt file that speaks the selected text in the System Voice. The selected text is copied to the clipboard, and then the text is spoken via the say command. The script ...
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How to change volume of “say” in AppleScript?

Here is a line from my AppleScript that speaks the selected text: set this_say_Pid to do shell script "LANG=en_US.UTF-8 pbpaste -Prefer txt | say > /dev/null 2>&1 & echo $!" I would ...
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Is there any way to make my Macbook automatically subtitle the sound output?

Suppose I'm in a Skype meeting in a room with people speaking plain English, but I'm having some trouble to hear/understand what they are saying. It would be very useful to have a subtitle, so I can ...
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AppleScript: Is it possible to check if Speech is currently running?

I want to exactly recreate macOS's built-in Text To Speech keyboard shortcut feature with AppleScript. When I say "exactly," I mean "exactly." The built-in option can be found in System Preferences → ...
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Is there any real-time text-to-speech software?

I type really fast. Almost as fast as I speak. Is there any software that synthesizes text in real-time, as I type?
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Why does my iPhone speak certain emoji in a Japanese accent?

My language settings are only set to English, but my iPhone speaks certain emoji (like 🙆‍♂️ and 💁‍♂️) in a Japanese accent when I select them in a message and tap Speak. Can anyone explain? Here's a ...
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Use Siri's voice as the system voice

I notice that on Sierra, Siri's voice is much superior to the selection of system voices you can select in System Preferences → Accessibility → Speech. In fact, I suspect they use a different system ...
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Highlight and immediately speak selected text in one click - Text To Speech on Mac

I am a very heavy text to speech user on the Mac. Every time I use text to speech I have to triple click the paragraph to select it, and then hit option escape to activate text to speech. I wish that ...
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How to make a Mac speak out system notifications?

Since a Mac can easily speak something, can it speak what is in a system notification? Specifically, it is so that when a webpage displays a system notification, the text in the notification can be ...
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Add permanant pronunciation to text to speech dictionary

Is there any way to add a permanent pronunciation to OSX text to speech dictionary? For example: I would like the word 'mkdir' to be read as 'make directory' each and every time I use the "Start ...
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Add pronunciation to text to speech

Is there any way to add a pronunciation to OSX text to speech service? I've google for the last few hours without a solution.
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Is it true that the text-to-speech functionality would make my mac run slower?

I have been having some issues with my macbook running very slow. I read an article which stated that disabling the text-to-speech functionality could make the mac faster. Is that true? For a year ...
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How do I download/save a backup of OSX's “Enhanced Quality” system voices for future use?

I wipe and reinstall OS X about once ever few months—probably more than necessary if I'm honest with myself, but then, it has become my go-to way to fix problems, and I've become very fast at getting ...
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How can I speed up the iOS speech

Ever since I update to iOS 9.3, text to speech has been super-slow in Instapaper and Pocket. I tried going to settings -> general -> accessibility -> speech and changing the speed, but it's not ...
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How can I use the automator to create text-to-speech service that talks faster than the current service?

The text-to-speech service has a speaking rate option that goes from slow to fast. But the fast option is not fast enough (its 300 words per minute). I just tried to create a service. I simply ...
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Using `say` to create my own audiobooks

I like the idea of being able to select a bunch of text and have it saved as an audio file and/or simply read back to me using OS X's default say functionality. It's almost like I can create my own ...
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Downloading additional voices from command-line

I am using a MacOS X server (to which I only have command-line access) to convert text to speech which is saved to sound files (using PyObjC). I would like to install some of the optional OS X voices (...
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AppleScript to audio

I want to save the following spoken text to an audiofile that I can play on my iPod (so .mp3 or something). say "the company [[slnc 1200]]" using "Alex" say "une entreprise [[slnc 1200]]" using "...
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Text-to-speech with 2 languages

I am studying French and to practice my pronunciation and to learn the words, I want to have my mac speak the words out loud. My mac should say the word in English, and after that, he should say the ...
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iPhone 5s speaks the words I type when I text

My iPhone 5s speaks the words I type while texting. How do I stop iPhone 5s from speaking the words I type when texting?
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Getting the Mac to read PDF files aloud

I tried previous suggestion to have my MacBook to read PDFs with speech. I tried Edit -> start speaking in Preview. I also tried the regular way of of using a shortcut key preset in System Preferences ...
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How can I lengthen the time text to speech pauses after it reaches a full stop (“period”)

Not permanently but longer than the usual default time that's say half a second. It would be nice if a string of symbols like ".", "..", "..." or "....." lengthened the default pause time after a ...
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Can Apple Watch read aloud web sites or web pages?

I know that Apple Watch comes with Siri, which is capable of understanding spoken phrases and respond with a short answer. But can it also read an entire website or web page, similar to Android apps ...
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How do I get text to speech to pronounce git and github correctly?

I'm using the OS X text to speech feature for some eLearning stuff. Some of the voices, in particular Lee and Tessa seems to be better quality. However, they mispronounce the words 'git' and 'GitHub'. ...
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Talking clock in a different language

I've got my Mac speaking me the time every hour, but I'm currently trying to learn French so I thought it would be a good idea to make it speak the time in French. However, rather than saying "Il est ...
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Text to speech service gone and key binding for it not functioning in Yosemite?

Up until Yosemite I have always had a text to speech service menu option and have been able to readily use a command key combination to trigger the reading of selected text in just about any ...
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How can you pause text to speech so that it restarts from where you left off?

I have a 40 page Pages document which is a transcript from a hand written diary. I wish to use Text to Speech to read passages from my Pages document so that I can check the text against the original ...
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How to get rid of the circular speech commands thing?

This thing has appeared, hovering obtrusively over my desktop (Mountain Lion): I don't know how it got there. Presumably I pressed some key combination by accident. But I can't for the life of me ...
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How to download additional text-to-speech voices for later installation?

I would like to download additional text-to-speech voices for OS X to later install on multiple systems or systems without an internet connection. Is this possible, or do I have to be online to ...
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say command says wrong text (for some voices)

I'm running 10.8.5 and installed some of the newer text-to-speech voices, including "Samantha" (aka Siri), "Tom", and "Jill". They work fine, except for the word "seq": say -v Jill seq produces the ...
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Installing the Festival Speech Synthesis System with Mavericks

I am trying to install Festival onto my Macbook Pro running Mavericks. I tried installing it on my own, but that didn't work. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find any up-to-date instructions out there ...
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Correcting Pronunciation Errors in 'Say' Command in Terminal

I'm having difficulty correcting the pronunciation in the 'say' command, using 10.9. I tried to add new pronunciations through: System Preferences > Dictation and Speech > Open Accessibility ...