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    Question Text to Speech

    I am looking to have Ubuntu read text that I select. I have tried kttsmrg but it reads a few words then skips to the next sentence. The problem happens on both my desktop and my laptop. On windows I use naturereader and it works great. Is there another program besides kttsmrg to read text in ubuntu?

    Is there a setting in kttsmrg that I need to change to have it read without skipping words?
    Last edited by davidlarg; July 5th, 2009 at 07:12 AM.

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    Re: Text to Speech

    Hello!

    I use Festival for this purpose. On 8.04 I used a combination of Python and espeak, but there is some amiss with espeak on 9.04!

    This is one of those times when I wish I had bookmarked a site I found, because it contained a 'how-to' to make a launcher for a program that speaks selected text - it is out there I'll see if I can find it for you.

    Ubu

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    Re: Text to Speech

    It sounds like ubuntu 8.04 might be more stable for text to speech. How hard is it to down grade to ubuntu 8.04? Do I have to repartion my hard drive?

    Thanks

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    Re: Text to Speech

    I agree with UbuKunubi: Festival

    "sudo apt-get install festival"

    You can set up voices so that the reader sounds much better, but the default is fine for now.

    echo "Hello " $USER ", and welcome to Ubuntu" | festival --tts
    or you can try:
    festival --tts NAME_OF_A_TEXTFILE

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    Talking Re: Text to Speech

    Thank you for the info.
    Using the terminal instead of kttsmrg works great ! ! !

    Last edited by davidlarg; July 5th, 2009 at 08:26 AM. Reason: Typed name wrong

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