There’s never been a better time to learn and communicate in multiple languages. From mobile apps to MOOCs and online communities, Web users who want to learn a new language have more options than ever before. There are also dramatically more people across the world with internet access than there were even a few years ago. Asia is the first continent to top one billion internet users, and every other continent is in the hundreds of millions. So it’s no surprise that multilingual websites are becoming increasingly popular. It’s a trend that will soon become a necessity for any organization serious about reaching a global audience. With text-to-speech technology, you can ensure that your multilingual website can also be listened to for even better interaction with your users.
Text to Speech For Multilingual Websites
Learning a new language is rarely a fluid process, because the world is full of different learner types. A person who learns a language through immersion might have little trouble speaking in their new language, but face difficulty when trying to read. The opposite is often true for people who learn through apps, or in classrooms. Text to speech (TTS) is an ideal tool to bridge those gaps for multilingual websites.
- TTS is a powerful learning tool in its own right. Language learners can use TTS to learn in two ways at once, reinforcing what they read by listening to it as they progress.
- ReadSpeaker offers text-to-speech services in over 40 languages, with over 130 voices that deliver natural pronunciation and speech patterns, giving your multilingual website maximum worldwide coverage.
- Site users don’t have to download any software to use ReadSpeaker TTS services on your site. With a click, users can listen to full articles, or specific selections.
- TTS also enables passive learning. Speech-enable a guided tour, for example, to allow users to learn as they go.
- It’s not just for language learners, either. TTS is also great for multitaskers. Readers can save content to their mobile device and listen to it on the go, or while they are working on some other task.
As the Web continues to evolve, it’s becoming increasingly clear that there is no single “language of the internet.” Your readers expect to be able to read and listen to content in an increasing amount of languages. Here are 2 examples of our customers who have speech-enabled their multilingual sites with ReadSpeaker Enterprise Highlighting: FIFA (in 6 languages) World Digital Library (in 7 languages) Image Credit: woodleywonderworks