On this page you will find links to text-to-speech software (TTS), in other words, a computer programs that allow you to convert a Chinese text to a sound file. At times such programs are called speech synthesizers. Unfortunately, most of these programs are licenced, and you should pay for using them. But sometimes you can find free ones. All text-to-speech software have a window where you can paste a text in Chinese language – one click of a mouse button and the computer will read the text out loud for you. In a newer software the synthesized voice is very similar to human.
In which situations you may need a text-to-speech software while learning Chinese language? For example, you may want to learn to understand by ear a scientific information in Chinese. Oftentimes such audio is not available in the Internet (or it is very hard to find). It is far more easier to find a Chinese scientific article of your domain of interest, copy the text in the TTS program and convert it to audio file (almost all programs allow the conversion to mp3 format). This way you can practice your listening comprehension skills of Chinese texts that are relevant to you.
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- Acapela Chinese voices at Nextup.com - buy Text to Speech software for Chinese language: High quality text-to-speech Chinese voices. You can test the voices on Acapela website
- NeoSpeech natural-sounding text-to-speech (TTS) software: On the site one can listen to the samples. If you want to buy these TTS voices, you can find dealers in google.