By adding 60 text-to-speech voices, Narakeet makes it easy for educators to create video lessons in the region – The Durango Herald



WOKING, UK, November 8, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) – Distance and virtual learning environments put pressure on educators to create engaging video material, but few teachers have the equipment or skills to record professional audio. Adding 60 new voices, Narakeet this week made it easy for educators to create video lessons and voiceovers in 40 regional languages ​​and dialects.

NCTQ studies have found that teachers spend an average of 45 minutes planning lessons. Having to record audio and edit videos puts extra strain on already busy schedules, often requiring extra hours of work per day. Neural AI-to-speech systems, with natural-sounding voices, offer a compelling alternative to recorded audio, reducing prep time from hours to minutes. Until recently, AI voices represented only major language variants, limiting the effectiveness of this approach. According to Statista research, accent or dialect issues are the second biggest barrier to voice technology adoption in 2021, affecting 66% of respondents.

“Students love to hear voices that sound like them. They engage better with content in regional dialects. By using our new voices, educators can create video lessons that speak to their audience much more effectively, ”said Gojko Adzic, founder of Narakeet.

Narakeet is a text-to-speech video maker that turns PowerPoint slides into narrated videos. This week’s update supports English variants including South African, Irish, Nigerian and Filipino voices; French with Swiss, Canadian and Belgian dialects; Spanish with Mexican and Puerto Rican variants and improved Brazilian Portuguese and Indian English.

“Combined with the recent addition of Swiss German and New Zealand English, Narakeet now has a rich collection of local dialects in many popular languages ​​and one of the largest collections of text-to-speech neural generators,” said Adzic said. “Some of our competitors may offer a larger list of options, but they include older technology that cannot mimic human speech and often provide the same voice with regional variations. Narakeet does not reuse voices across local variations, so each voice is unique. “

According to research by MarketsandMarkets, the text-to-speech market was valued at $ 2.0 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach $ 5.0 billion by 2026, owing to the growing demand for wearable devices and the increase in investments in government spending on education. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant growth in demand for cloud-based solutions, particularly important for schools as they shifted from in-person education to distance virtual learning environments and mixed educational models.

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