AWS Introduces Hindi Language support for Amazon Polly

Amazon Polly introduces its first bilingual voice support: Aditi, a female voice that now supports both Hindi and Indian English

Amazon Web Services, has added Hindi language support for Amazon Polly, a machine learning service that turns text into lifelike speech. The company now has its first bilingual voice for Amazon Polly. Aditi, first released as an Indian English voice to the Amazon Polly portfolio, now also speaks fluent Hindi. Aditi and Raveena are the two Indian English voices currently available on Amazon Polly.

“Amazon Polly’s launch of Hindi language support is a real game changer for us,” said Ashish Gupta, CTO & CEO- “

“In launching Duolingo’s new Hindi course, it was important to find a text-to-speech solution that would help our users learn the language as effectively as possible,” said Natalie Glance, VP of Engineering at Duolingo

“Today, there is a demand for content in Hindi and Indian English across all genres of voice applications – from training videos to e-Learning, corporate narrations, voice bots, and more. Amazon Polly makes it easy to switch between languages and voices, based on the customer’s requirements. We introduced the bilingual support in response to requests from customers for high-quality speech synthesis in both Hindi and Indian English, especially in scenarios where the two languages are mixed together and spoken. Customers can now provide mixed input in a variety of dialects including Devanagari Hindi, Romanized Hindi, and English, as well as complete Hindi text input in Devanagari script,” said Navdeep Manaktala, Head of Business Development at Amazon Internet Services Private Limited (AISPL).

Amazon Polly is available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region.

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