Windows Speech Recognition language support in Windows Vista


One common area for customer questions is languages.  For example, this one came in to our listen@microsoft.com alias yesterday:


 


Q: I live in Spain and have W. Vista in Spanish, and my voice recognition is in Spanish.  How or where can I download and install it to recognize English speaking words?


 


A: It is great to hear from customers in non-English speaking countries.  In Windows Vista, Windows Speech Recognition works in the current language of the OS.  That means that in order to use another language for speech recognition, you have to have the appropriate language pack installed.  Language packs are available as free downloads through Windows Update for the Ultimate and Enterprise versions of Vista.  Once you have the language installed, you’ll need to change the display language of the OS to the language you want to use.  Both of these are options on the “Regional and Language Options” control panel.  You can look in help for “Install a display language” or “Change the display language”.


 


If the Spanish recognizer is missing a few English words that you would like to dictate while speaking Spanish, you can add them using the speech dictionary just like any other words you want to add.  On the speech context menu (right click on the Speech UI) there is an option for “Open the Speech Dictionary”.  From here you can add words, and can optionally train pronunciations for them.  For out of language words it is probably a good idea to train a pronunciation for them.


Comments (10)

  1. It was with great interest that I read Mike Plumpe’s blog post on speech @ microsoft entitled Windows

  2. It was with great interest that I read Mike Plumpe's blog post on speech @ microsoft entitled Windows

  3. I had the opportunity to hear from Mike (the one behind the Windows Speech Recognition language support

  4. The Speech Components Group (the team I work on) just created a new team blog for all things Speech @

  5. Bink.nu says:

    The Speech Components Group (the team I work on) just created a new team blog for all things Speech

  6. jimich says:

    strange … i was thinking that language pack was only for ultimate …

    I’ve a vista entreprise in english and i’m french speaking.

    I was looking for french language pack in april and my searchs leads me to the conclusion that the language pack was only for ultimate

    i wil check again

  7. jimich says:

    http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/35a1b021-d96c-49a5-8d8f-5e9d64ab5ecc1033.mspx

    Windows Vista Multilingual User Interface Pack (MUI).‌ Windows Vista MUIs provide a translated version of most of the user interface. MUIs require a license to be used and are only available with Windows Vista Ultimate and Windows Vista Enterprise. If you are using Windows Vista Ultimate, you can download MUIs by using Windows Update. If you are using Windows Vista Enterprise, contact your system administrator for information about installing additional languages.

    so, only ultimate could download language pack through windows update

  8. cesarzam says:

    I have an voice command application that was created on Windows XP -MCF, This application control diferent devices inside the a police car (radio, light bar, radar, etc). My task is not only convert to Windows Vista but translate to Spanish.

    Questions?

    There is a way to  traslate from SAPI 5.1 to 5.3 in order to use the Spanish language or do I need to code my entire gui application ?

    Once I traslate to 5.3 using the Spanish language What will happen we my code that call all the devices in windows XP (c++), Do I need to traslate them or can I run this code in windows xp servpack 2.0 mode?

    All help and Guide will be really appreciated

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