I wish to have an app makes individual sounds of letters (phonemes) and I'm wondering if, rather than record them all myself, I can force Google's speech synthesis engine to give me individual sounds.

For example, inputting "s" says "ess", the letter name rather than making the sound of an s as used the beginning of sandwich. I appreciate there are different "s" sounds (ass vs as) so there would obviously need to be some sort of table of phonemes... does anyone know if such a thing?

I hope this was the right place to ask! Thanks in advance for your help.


  • Do you know the difference between phonemes and "sounds of letters"?
    – fdb
    Feb 28 '15 at 15:12
  • Did you stop reading at the first sentence? My apologies for perhaps mis-phrasing my question (I'm not a linguist myself, so just feeling me way at the moment). I'm trying to break down a word into it's spoken constituent parts (the phonemes, am I right?) - but google's speech synthesis just uses the names for the letters. I was wondering if it's possible to force it to give you just one phoneme? (obviously some words are single phonemes, so those ones are doable). Any ideas? Mar 9 '15 at 14:57

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