Speech 101, Part 2 – Using C# to Recognize “Hello World”

In my last post I covered how to perform basic speech recognition with a simple grammar and a “Hello World” WAV recording in C++.  This post will cover how to accomplish what was in the previous post, but this time using the managed APIs.

Sound Check, Round 2

The support files for this example can be found here.  Both HelloWorld.xml and HelloWorld.wav are required.

Again, in addition to the helper files the Windows SDK is also required.

Hello, Hello? Is this C#?

The most basic Speech recognition work flow is this:

  1. Create a Speech Recognition Engine
  2. Load a Grammar
  3. Set the Engine’s input
  4. Handle Recognition Events
  5. Start Recognition

First, launch Visual Studio and create a new Visual C# Console Application.  Copy the two helper files to the project root directory, add them to the project and set their properties to “Copy on Build”.

Next, it is time to create a SpeechRecognitionEngine and Grammar:

SpeechRecognitionEngine srEngine = new SpeechRecognitionEngine();
Grammar gram = new Grammar("helloworld.xml");

Now, load the grammar into the engine and set the engine’s input to the sample wave file:


Last thing to do is handle the recognition events and start recognition:

srEngine.SpeechRecognized += new EventHandler<SpeechRecognizedEventArgs>(srEngine_SpeechRecognized);

Here’s an easy example for the Recognition Handler:

static void srEngine_SpeechRecognized(object sender, SpeechRecognizedEventArgs e)
Console.WriteLine("Detected: " + e.Result.Text);

That’s it.  When the application runs, “Detected: Hello world” should be written to the console window.

Now you have a simple recognition example in just 10 lines of code.

What Next?

Try out some of the SAPI experiments listed in my first Speech 101 post.  Also, look at the different recognition events and results. 


MSDN’s Documentation on the Speech Recognition Engine:

MSDN’s Starting Point for Speech Recognition:

Comments (17)

  1. charly baez says:

    Thank you Robert for this article, I am going to test it. Regards !

  2. diep - vietnamese says:


  3. Eliyas says:

    really good

  4. Efrén says:

    Thanks a lot Robert, really helpful

  5. yep says:

    can i use it as a trigger event,for user imput  is that what you mean

  6. Hugo says:

    Muy bueno, haré mas pruebas!!!

  7. Paul says:

    More insight for u. Tx

  8. SeongTae Jeong says:

    Thanks for your visiting at http://www.sysnet.pe.kr/…/1228

    Also, thanks to your post, I could write the article in Korean. 🙂

  9. thanks says:

    cool story bro, tell it again

  10. neethu says:

    can you give real time speach recoganization with code

  11. Ali says:

    very good and useful

  12. am lal says:

    nice one

  13. vithal wadje says:

    its useful

  14. koolOne says:

    Thanks – will try.  Short and sweet.

  15. Prateek says:

    are this program is applicable in visual studio 2008?

  16. @Prateek, Yes I believe that this will work within VS2008.  Just install the required dependencies and the latest versions of .NET.

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