AWS announces Hindi language support for Amazon Polly

Amazon adds Hindi language support to its Polly.

By Vishal Kawadkar

    Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company has announced the addition of Hindi language support for Amazon Polly, a machine learning service that turns text into lifelike speech allowing users to create applications that talk and build new categories of speech-enabled products.

    AWS announces Hindi language support for Amazon Polly

    With the addition of Hindi language support, the company now has its first bilingual voice for Amazon Polly. Aditi, first released as an Indian English voice to the Amazon Polly portfolio in November 2017, now also speaks fluent Hindi.

    Aditi and Raveena are the two Indian English voices currently available on Amazon Polly, along with a variety of other voices in multiple languages to synthesize speech from text. Hindi, according to the 2011 Census of India, is spoken by over 500 million people worldwide. The addition of Hindi language support for Amazon Polly will enhance the experience for Indian customers.

    Organizations are using the new bilingual Indian English/Hindi voice to enhance automated customer engagement applications, interactive voice responses (IVR), audio news, and targeted vernacular language services.

    One of India's largest insurance marketplaces, PolicyBazaar.com, is using Amazon Polly's bilingual support for their in-house interactive voice response (IVR) calling service and is looking to innovate further with the new release.

    Duolingo, a popular language-learning platform and the most downloaded education app in the world with over 200 million users, is an AWS customer that uses Amazon Polly. Offering more than 80 courses in 31 languages, the application makes learning simple and fun by gamifying the entire experience. Duolingo recently unveiled its latest Hindi course for English speakers, which was developed using Amazon Polly's new Aditi voice.

    Amazon Polly is an AWS service that turns text into lifelike speech, allowing users to create applications that talk and build entirely new categories of speech-enabled products. Using advanced deep learning technologies to synthesize speech that sounds like a human voice, Amazon Polly provides dozens of languages and a wide selection of natural-sounding male and female voices. Amazon Polly's fluid pronunciation of text enables customers to deliver high-quality voice output for a global audience.

    Amazon Polly is available in the AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region. For a list of regions where Amazon Polly is available, see the AWS Region table. First-time Amazon Polly customers can try the service by using the AWS Free Tier.

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