Tired of hearing American English when what you’re really after is Australian English since the two are completely different (don’t believe me? Say “rise up lights” in American English. You just said “razor blades” in Australian English.)? Microsoft Translator understands your frustrations and has released an update to address that very concern!
“Today we are adding regional accents to the Microsoft Translator app on iOS and Android,” Microsoft’s blog post reads. “Known as Speech Regions, you can now select the accent of text-to-speech audio output you would like to hear while using the app.”
Much like the Australian/American example listed above, Microsoft’s blog post delves into the difference between Spain’s Spanish and Mexico’s Spanish and how regional accents can drastically change the experience of hearing a language. Now, when you want to hear your translation, you can select which accent you get, allowing for an optimal translating experience.
Microsoft has provided steps for how to access the new feature:
- Select the language of your choice, the example below uses Spanish
- Select “Speech Region”
- Choose the region
- Choose from the available voices from that region
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