Help from native speakers for these or other languages is welcomed.

It can run as a command line program to speak text from a file or from stdin.

A Gnome Speech driver is now available.

2. I knew I had sticky notes on my Mac but had to look for who made them. Apple. They are called Stickies and are handy for making notes to refer to for any purpose. Mine are reminder notes usually.

The program and its data, including several languages, totals about 1 Mbyte.

I regularly use it to listen to blogs and news sites.

Applications for Android Devices

There are many Text-to-Voice applications available from Google (and others) but I’ve settled on two. Note that I am a new Android user and am still getting used to it.

Talk – Text to Voice FREE
This is free application and is good way for you to get the hang of the basics. It may be all you want.


The basic application is free but you need to buy “voices” from the store (around $3 each). There is quite a wide range covering various languages and English accents (but no Aussie male!).
It is very adaptable (look at the App Gallery accessible in SVOX) and I particularly like the Pronunciation Correction function – try and get a silicon brain to say an Aussie G’day like reality (so far I gave settled on Gidday).

Ian Johnson - Brisbane, Australia

It can be used as a front end for Mbrola voices and perhaps other speech synthesis engines.

2. Natural Reader online text-to-speech application. I have this on my iPad and it will read anything. ......This application works with most commonly-used documents, such as Word docs, PDF files and webpages. Also, it provides over 30 natural-sounding voices in seven languages. You can switch voices and adjust the speaking speed. You can not only access your documents from any device, but also convert the documents into mp3 files

I prefer the sound through a domestic stereo system rather than my small computer speakers.

Thanks to Bruce Medical for pointing this out.

1. In addition to Locabulary Lite, another great text-to-speech program available for the iPhone/iPod and the iPad is "Speak it! Text to Speech". The speech quality is far better than that of Locabulary Lite in my humble opinion.

Saypad A fairly simple application at

One nice feature of this program is the ability to copy and paste pretty much any length of text into the program for it to say aloud. Some
of my patients loved that they could type out their most used phrases on a full size keyboard that they wanted to "carry" with them and email it to themselves. They would then copy and paste the messages into the program and save them for later use. Sometimes pecking away on those little screens can be a chore. The other nice little feature is the ability to create an audio file of your message and email it, so the person can actually just listen to what you have written instead of read it.

Ian Johnson - Brisbane, Australia

For $1.99 app you certainly get a lot of functionality. Technology is certainly increasing our options for communication at a rapid pace.
Todd Coleman, MS, CCC-SLP

Let the computer read out text for you

2. I totally second what Todd is saying about "Speak it!" When I had my surgery last year, my husband downloaded this app for our iPad and I would type up a report for my doctors as the day went by, so when they stopped to check in on my I'd just replay it and it was very easy to communicate. I also had lots of pre-loaded phrases like: "thank you", "suction, please", "can you adjust my humidifier, please" etc. etc. I could just run at any time.

This package provides a graphical user interface for using eSpeak.

AND the quality of the voice is fantastic! You can chose from several
feminine or masculine voices and accents. I keep thinking some smart
engineering types must be looking at ways where all this speech synthesis
can be applied to devices so our ELs sound like human voices rather than the buzz. Or something along those lines. I bet something will come up along these lines, as technology keeps evolving...