Bug#990783: espeakup: Russian in debian-installer seems incomprehensible

Philip Hands phil at hands.com
Thu Jul 8 08:53:15 BST 2021

Samuel Thibault <sthibault at debian.org> writes:

> Control: reassign -1 espeak-ng
> Hello,
> Philip Hands, le mer. 07 juil. 2021 12:25:02 +0200, a ecrit:
>> I'm not sure if this is an issue with espeakup or perhaps espeak-ng-data-udeb
>> (which is at version 1.50+dfsg-7) -- please reassign as you see fit.
> espeak-ng -v ru "Выберите местонахождение"
> seems to be producing the same output, so reassigning to espeak-ng.
>> I'm not a Russian speaker myself, but having asked someone who is to listen to
>> this they report that they are unable to understand the audio even when the text
>> that is supposedly being read is in front of them.
> Hum, that's bad. Does it help if we slow the speed down? E.g.
> espeak-ng -s 100 -v ru "Выберите местонахождение"

I guess we need a native Russian speaker to have a listen.

The person I asked is fluent but not native and suspects that someone
who's familiar with the synthesised voice, and a native, might have a
better time with it.

She has the impression that the phonemes are all being given an equal
amount of time/emphasis when they should get varying emphasis (or
something like that) and that is making it very hard to understand.

> Possibly it's just the default speed which is bad for russian. Trying
> translate.google.com, it seems that -s 100 provides the same kind of
> speed.

I note that changing the speed settings in english seems to make rather
more difference to the outcome than is seems to in russian, but perhaps
that's just because I can follow what's going on in english.

Cheers, Phil.
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