Is there any plan to make the Read aloud feature available for Chinese books

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Michael Chan | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Feb 7 2017 9:36 AM

Hi Logos Chinese team,

Is there any plan to make the Read aloud feature available for Chinese books.  Currently if I click Ctrl+R on a Chinese book, it skips all Chinese characters and read the numbers only.

Thanks.

Sincerely,

Michael

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Philip Peng | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 7 2017 12:06 PM

Michael Chan:

Hi Logos Chinese team,

Is there any plan to make the Read aloud feature available for Chinese books.  Currently if I click Ctrl+R on a Chinese book, it skips all Chinese characters and read the numbers only.

Thanks.

Sincerely,

Michael

Hi, Michael,

Thank you for your inquiry and suggestion.  At this time, we don't have the plan yet.  We need to explore this technology for the Chinese.  It is too early right now to promise you to have this function in the future.  Thanks.

Best regards,

Philip

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LimJK | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 7 2017 6:01 PM

Michael Chan:

Is there any plan to make the Read aloud feature available for Chinese books.  Currently if I click Ctrl+R on a Chinese book, it skips all Chinese characters and read the numbers only.

Michael,

I am on Mac environment, it should work the same way in Windows. If you set your system voice to Chinese and select one of the voices, it should work the way you wanted. I have tried the following resources in the screen shot and confirm that it is reading Chinese properly Smile

In Logos 3, we used to be able to select the Voice within Logos, but since Logos 4 they only use the default system voice that you have selected in the OS. So note that once you select Chinese for system voice, reading English Logos resources may not work properly.

Hope that the Read aloud feature can be improved for those of us whose eye sight is fading Smile

  • Automatically select available system voice based on the resource Language Smile
  • Let use Choose the appropriate system voice manually within Logos, so that we do not need to do a system wide default voice change

JK

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Michael Chan | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Feb 8 2017 10:40 AM

Hi JK,

Thank you for your help.  

Please advise if anyone on the PC knows how to do it?  I was not able to find the solution on a PC.  Thanks.

Sincerely,

Michael

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PL | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Feb 8 2017 12:53 PM

Hi Michael,

Windows' comparable feature is called Narrator. You can google on that. It's very annoying to use.

If you have an iPad / iPhone, I found that the Speech feature (similar to the Mac's) works perfectly with Chinese text.

Hope this helps.

Peter

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Michael Chan | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Feb 9 2017 12:14 PM

Hi Peter,      cc: Logos Chinese Team

Thank you for your suggestion,  I do not own any Apple products.  I tried the Narrator, it is too annoying to use.

I am hoping that Logos will build it into the Chinese books.  Like JK, my eye sight is fading.

Sincerely,

Michael

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Bernhard | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Feb 11 2017 10:06 PM

Read aloud already works for Chinese, just like for English and other languages. You don't need to use Narrator. The problem is with the confusing settings in Windows 10 that are split up between Control Panel and Modern UI Settings. You can only have one voice/language active for speech in desktop programs, meaning if you want to listen to another language, you have to go to control panel to switch to a different voice and restart Logos (but the default Chinese voice can actually read English - just with a Chinese accent Wink )

To switch to a different voice/language right-click on the Windows symbol (bottom-left of your screen) - Control Panel - Speech recognition - Text-to-Speech - select desired language/voice in the list (for Simplified Chinese/普通话 the default is called Microsoft Huihui Desktop). You probably need to restart Logos before the change takes effect.

If you do not find a voice in your desired language, you have to go to the Modern UI settings first to install the language:

Click on the speech bubble at the bottom right of your screen (Action Center) - All Settings - Time and Language - Regions and Language - click on the language you want to add the voice for (or on Add a language, if it is not in the list) - Option - Download (under Speech). After that, you should find that language in Control Panel as described above).

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Michael Chan | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 13 2017 4:06 PM

Dear Bernhard,

Thank you for your help.  I am on Windows 7 (professional).  Please advise if you have a solution for us.  Thanks.

Sincerely,

Michael

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Bernhard | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 13 2017 6:56 PM

I don't have access to a Windows 7 system right now, so I can't test that.

You should find Text-to-Speech settings somewhere in Control Panel. First make sure, it works for your Windows system language (is that English or Chinese?).

To install additional languages is more complicated in Windows 7, I think (unless you have Windows 7 Ultimate). A Google search might help. See also this page: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/How-to-download-Text-to-Speech-languages-for-Windows-4c83a8d8-7486-42f7-8e46-2b0fdf753130 (scroll down to "Open Source Text-to-Speech languages")

(Just to clarify - I am just a user like you, not a Logos employee)

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