On any edition of Windows 10, click Start > Settings, and then follow these steps:

  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Time & Language > Region & Language.
  2. Select Add a language and choose the language you want from the list. Only languages listed in the table below will have Text-to-Speech capabilities.
  3. After the new language has been installed (this may take a few moments), select it in the Region & Language list, and then select Options.
  4. Under Language options > Speech, select Download.
  5. Restart your computer. The Text-to-Speech voices will be installed when your machine turns back on.

Text-to-Speech languages and voices available in Windows

Language (Region) Male voice name Female voice name
Arabic Not applicable Hoda
Arabic (Saudi Arabia) Naayf Not applicable
Brazil (pt-BR) Daniel Maria
Catalan Spanish (Spain) Not applicable Herena
China (zh-CN) Kangkang Huihui, yaoyao
Czech (Czech Republic) Vit Not applicable
Danish Not applicable Helle
Dutch Frank Not applicable
English (Australia) James Catherine
English (Canada) Richard Linda
English (Great Britain) George Hazel, Susan
English (India) Ravi Heera
English (Ireland) Shaun Not applicable
English (United States) David, Mark Zira
Finnish Not applicable Heidi
Flemish (Belgian Dutch) Bart Not applicable
French (Canada) Claude Caroline
French (France) Paul Hortence, Julie
German (Germany) Stefan Hedda, Katja
German (Switzerland) Karsten Not applicable
Greek Stefanos Not applicable
Hindi (India) Hermant Kalpana
Hong Kong (zh-HK) Danny Tracy
Hungarian (Hungary) Szabolcs Not applicable
Indonesian (Indonesia) Andika Not applicable
Italian Cosimo Elsa
Japanese Ichiro Ayumi, Haruka
Norwegian Jon Not applicable
Polish (Poland) Adam Paulina
Portuguese (Portugal) Not applicable Helia
Romanian (Romania) Andrei Not applicable
Russian (Russia) Pavel Irina
Slovak (Slovakia) Filip Not applicable
Korean Not applicable Heami
Spanish (Spain) Pablo Helena, Laura
Spanish (Mexico) Raul Sabina
Swedish Bengt Not applicable
Taiwan (zh-TW) Zhiwei Yating, Hanhan
Thai (Thailand) Pettara Not applicable
Turkish Tolga Not applicable

Third-party Text-to-Speech languages:

Additional Text-to-Speech languages can be purchased from the following third-party providers:

Note: These options are provided for informational purposes only. Microsoft does not endorse any particular third-party software, nor can it offer any support for their installation and use. For help with these products, please contact their original manufacturer.

Open source Text-to-Speech languages

Free Text-to-Speech languages are available for download from Open source provider eSpeak. These languages work on Windows 7, but some may not yet work on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10. View a list of available eSpeak languages and codes for more information.

Download eSpeak languages

  1. In your browser, visit
  2. Download the “Compiled for Windows” version, titled setup_espeak-1.48.04.exe.
  3. When the download is finished, click Next at the first Setup screen to begin installation.
  4. Confirm the installation path, and then click Next.
  5. Enter the two-letter code(s) for the language(s) and flag(s) that you want to install. For example, if you planned to add Text-to-Speech for English, Spanish, Polish, Swedish, and Czech, your screen would look like this:

    eSpeak installation dialog box

    To use alternate voices for a language, you can select additional commands to change various voice and pronunciation attributes. For more information, visit Pre-set voice variants can be applied to any of the language voices by appending a plus sign (+) and a variant name. The variants for male voices are +m1+m2+m3+m4+m5+m6, and +m7. The variants for female voices are +f1+f2+f3+f4, and +f5. You can also choose optional voice effects such as +croak or +whisper

  6. .

  7. Select Next twice, then select Install to complete installation.


This page gives direct links to eSpeak downloads on one of the Sourceforge mirrors.
To get other versions of eSpeak, or use other mirrors, use the Sourceforge download page

Change log

Source code and dictionary data. Also binaries compiled for Linux 32bits and portaudio v18. (2.8 MBytes)

Compiled for Windows. SAPI5 and command-line versions.
setup_espeak-1.48.04.exe (2.5 MBytes)

Compiled for Mac OSX (1.9 MBytes)

Compiled for RISC OS (1.0 MBytes)


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