Monday fun with eSpeak on Linux
Looking for a way to perk up your Monday morning? Tombuntu has a good introduction to using eSpeak on Ubuntu. eSpeak is a voice synthesizer included by default in Ubuntu and available from here for other distributions that don’t include it. The most basic way to use eSpeak is to tell it what to say in inverted commas at the command line:
espeak "Hello world. I am espeak, a voice synthesizer."
eSpeak can also be used interactively using the stdin switch:
Then simply type in the words you want said. To make eSpeak read a file to you use the -f flag:
espeak -f filename.txt
eSpeak includes a great array of options that can be added at the command line. So, for example, you can speed up the reading with -s, increase the gaps between words with -g and, even more fun, use different accents for the playback. espeak -vaf is apparently meant to sound like an Afrikaans speaker. Give it a shot and see what you think. Details of more eSpeak options can be found in the documentation