The first natural sounding Welsh language text-to-speech voices are available.
We developed these voices with text-to-speech software company IVONA, thanks to funding from the Welsh Government. These voices will make a real difference to blind and partially sighted Welsh speakers and learners. Because of the previous lack of a Welsh language 'voice' of the same standard, people who rely on screen reading software to use computers haven't been able to read websites, exchange emails or read or write documents in the Welsh language.
The voices are being made available free to both individuals and non-commercial organisations, and there is expected to be a significant level of interest from schools and colleges wanting to access the voices to support their learners.