My recent addition to this site of Mandarin text with audio brought to mind the issue of text-to-speech for Mandarin.
Here are some Web pages that allow you to input texts (albeit very brief ones in most cases) in Chinese characters and hear them pronounced in Mandarin and, in a few instances, Cantonese as well.
- Oddcast (Sitepal). Although one of the options is for “Taiwanese,” texts are not read in that language (Hoklo) but rather in Mandarin.
- Sinovoice. Be sure to enter the “code” number or the text won’t be spoken aloud.
- Iflytek. This is is particularly interesting because it can add Hanyu Pinyin above the Hanzi that are being read. Unfortunately, this does not work in Opera; but Firefox and IE are OK.
Does anyone have any favorites?