[Athen] Synthesized Voices and Accurate Pronunciation

Steve Appell assistivetechnologist at gmail.com
Tue Oct 13 16:12:37 PDT 2009

Hello to all,

I used to work as as an Assistive Technology Specialist in a Disability
Resource Center at a community college where we trained nurses. We used
Kurzweil 3000 pretty extensively, including for test administration. While
Kurzweil wasn't perfect by any means, it generally handled medical
terminology pretty well. I ran the Martindale passage through Kurzweil, and
converted it to an MP3 file, attached, so you can play it and see what you
think. I prefer the NeoSpeech voices, VW Kate and VW Paul, as they sound
more natural than some of the others available. Hope this is helpful.


Stephen B. Appell, M.Ed.
Assistive Technology Associates
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