How to download Text-to-Speech languages for Windows 10

For customers using Learning Tools for OneNote, Word, or Read Aloud in the Microsoft Edge browser, this article documents ways to download new languages for the Text-to-Speech feature in different versions of Windows.

Install a new Text-to-Speech language in Windows 10

On any edition of Windows 10, click Start > Settings, and then follow these steps:

  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Time & Language > Region & Language.

  2. Select Add a language and choose the language you want from the list. Only languages listed in the table below will have Text-to-Speech capabilities.

  3. After the new language has been installed (this may take a few moments), select it in the Region & Language list, and then select Options.

  4. Under Language options > Speech, select Download.

  5. Restart your computer. The Text-to-Speech voices will be installed when your machine turns back on.

Text-to-Speech languages and voices available in Windows

Language (Region)

Male voice name

Female voice name

Arabic

Not applicable

Hoda

Arabic (Saudi Arabia)

Naayf 

Not applicable

Brazil (pt-BR)

Daniel

Maria

Catalan Spanish (Spain)

Not applicable 

Herena

China (zh-CN)

Kangkang 

Huihui, yaoyao

Czech (Czech Republic)

Vit 

Not applicable

Danish

Not applicable 

Helle

Dutch

Frank

Not applicable

English (Australia)

James

Catherine

English (Canada)

Richard

Linda

English (Great Britain)

George

Hazel, Susan

English (India)

Ravi

Heera

English (Ireland)

Shaun

Not applicable

English (United States)

David, Mark

Zira

Finnish

Not applicable 

Heidi

Flemish (Belgian Dutch)

Bart

Not applicable

French (Canada)

Claude

Caroline

French (France)

Paul

Hortence, Julie

German (Germany)

Stefan

Hedda, Katja

German (Switzerland)

Karsten

Not applicable

Greek

Stefanos

Not applicable

Hindi (India)

Hermant

Kalpana

Hong Kong (zh-HK)

Danny

Tracy

Hungarian (Hungary)

Szabolcs

Not applicable

Indonesian (Indonesia)

Andika

Not applicable

Italian

Cosimo

Elsa

Japanese

Ichiro

Ayumi, Haruka

Norwegian

Jon

Not applicable

Polish (Poland)

Adam

Paulina

Portuguese (Portugal)

Not applicable

Helia

Romanian (Romania)

Andrei

Not applicable

Russian (Russia)

Pavel

Irina

Slovak (Slovakia)

Filip

Not applicable

Korean

Not applicable 

Heami

Spanish (Spain)

Pablo

Helena, Laura

Spanish (Mexico)

Raul

Sabina

Swedish

Bengt

Not applicable

Taiwan (zh-TW)

Zhiwei

Yating, Hanhan

Thai (Thailand)

Pettara

Not applicable

Turkish

Tolga

Not applicable


Third-party Text-to-Speech languages:

Additional Text-to-Speech languages can be purchased from the following third-party providers:

Note: These options are provided for informational purposes only. Microsoft does not endorse any particular third-party software, nor can it offer any support for their installation and use. For help with these products, please contact their original manufacturer.

Open source Text-to-Speech languages

Free Text-to-Speech languages are available for download from Open source provider eSpeak. These languages work on Windows 7, but some may not yet work on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10. View a list of available eSpeak languages and codes for more information.

Download eSpeak languages

  1. In your browser, visit http://espeak.sourceforge.net/download.html.

  2. Download the "Compiled for Windows" version, titled setup_espeak-1.48.04.exe.

  3. When the download is finished, click Next at the first Setup screen to begin installation.

  4. Confirm the installation path, and then click Next.

  5. Enter the two-letter code(s) for the language(s) and flag(s) that you want to install. For example, if you planned to add Text-to-Speech for English, Spanish, Polish, Swedish, and Czech, your screen would look like this:

    eSpeak installation dialog box

    To use alternate voices for a language, you can select additional commands to change various voice and pronunciation attributes. For more information, visit http://espeak.sourceforge.net/voices.html. Pre-set voice variants can be applied to any of the language voices by appending a plus sign (+) and a variant name. The variants for male voices are +m1, +m2, +m3, +m4, +m5, +m6, and +m7. The variants for female voices are +f1, +f2, +f3, +f4, and +f5. You can also choose optional voice effects such as +croak or +whisper.

  6. Select Next twice, then select Install to complete installation.

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