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  • Blog Post: Strategies for creating prompt database for multilingual applications

    Recently a customer contacted me with a question about creating multilingual applications with Speech Server. He had an application that ran in English and US Spanish and noticed that, while changing the synthesizer would switch TTS between languages, it had no effect on the prompt database used. ...
  • Blog Post: Various things I have been up to

    Those of you who follow my blog have probably noticed I haven't had much up here OCS or Speech Server related lately. The primary reason for this is I just moved to the OCS core team and I am ramping up on the infrastructure and product over there. Lately I have been reading a lot of specs, which hasn...
  • Blog Post: How to create DTMF applications using the new TTS languages

    OK, say you're a company in Rome, Taipei, Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Madrid, Sydney, Tokyo, or Seoul that is excited about the new TTS languages supported by Speech Server 2007 and you want to create an application. What do you need to know? The first, and most obvious point, is we currently...
  • Blog Post: Speech Server says "Bom dia"

    Yesterday I announced that Speech Server 2007, which will ship as part of Office Communications Server 2007, will ship with nine additional TTS languages. For me, it was very exciting to be able to announce this because that was the first time I have received permission to blog about something that was...
  • Blog Post: Announcing nine new TTS languages for Speech Server!

    Today I am very happy to announce that Speech Server 2007 will support nine additional sythesizers when it ships. This will enable the creation of DTMF applications in a number of new locales throughout the world. The new languages with voices are Mandarin Chinese (PRC) Mei-ling Mandarin Chinese...
  • Blog Post: More thoughts about learning multiple languages

    As many of you who know me already know, foreign languages are a major hobby of mine. I currently know Russian, Spanish, French, Italian, and German and can speak and understand some Thai. I am currently working on Mandarin for a possible trip to China next year and I have found that I need to make major...
  • Blog Post: A short note about simulating unsupported engines

    I have received a number of replies concerning my posts on how to simulate unsupported languages using phonemes. I must apologize that the intention of the post was to show how to use a hack to get "some" support in cases where you need to recognize something in a language for which you do not have an...
  • Blog Post: Recognizing non supported languages for vocabulary words

    As I mentioned in a previous post, I am working on rebuilding my foreign language vocabulary program to support a number of new features, with one of the key features being speech recognition. This poses a number of challenges, the primary challenge being we do not have recognition engines for several...
  • Blog Post: Learning multiple languages at a time - my system

    As some of you may know, foreign languages are a big hobby of mine. I currently can speak French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Italian and am slowly building up my Thai. I have already started learning some Arabic and Mandarin and hope to learn those better soon. My love of languages was one reason...
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