Together with ReadSpeaker, Mobilearn is now launching the first service of its kind: written content speech-enabled into Persian. Persian Farsi is spoken mainly in Iran, Afghanistan (known as Dari), Tajikistan and Uzbekistan (known as Tajiki). It is an official language in each and one of these states. There are approximately 110 million Persian Farsi speakers around the world. Other groups of Farsi speakers are found in the states of along the Persian Gulf (Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates), as well as large groups in the United States. Mobilearn and ReadSpeaker have previously collaborated on speech-enabling text in Arabic, English and Swedish in Mobilearn’s platform for social orientation services for new arrivals. The reading is extremely appreciated among persons with low literacy, also available as a means to practice Swedish pronunciation, as Mobilearn provides a digital phrasebook for newcomers to facilitate learning and communication. “We are the only ones to offer Persian for speech-enabling online content, and this is of great importance to us, especially due to the current refugee needs,” says Niclas Bergström, ReadSpeaker Founder and CEO.Mobilearn’s service for social studies is used by roughly 130 municipalities in Sweden and has customers among others in the educational sector, Swedish for Immigrants (SFI), support and matching. The speech in Farsi is now added into the service without additional charge for the user.
“It is a great pleasure to be able to offer another group of newcomers the opportunity to be included in Swedish society in their own terms,” – Magnus Winterman, CEO of Mobilearn in Sweden
Winterman continues: “Mobilearn’s basic rule is to include everyone, and never to exclude someone. That’s why we are especially pleased and proud to deliver the speech into another language. This gives people with low literacy a possibility to take part of Swedish society in same terms as all other.”