We’re delighted to announce that our high-quality text-to-speech (TTS) voice portfolio now also includes Elina, our brand new Finnish voice persona. Elina is ready to turn any kind of Finnish text into lifelike synthetic speech that is friendly, clear and consistent.
Finnish is the first Finno-Ugric language in the ReadSpeaker portfolio. It is one of the EU’s official languages, spoken by the majority of the population of Finland and Finnish speakers around the world. Linguistically fascinating, Finnish shares morphological traits with the Uralic family of languages (e.g. Hungarian).
Here are some facts about Finnish (published by the Culturetrip.com on the occasion of Finland’s 100th anniversary as an independent state):
- The Finnish language and the Finnish people have different roots: Finns are believed to originate from what is now Turkey, while Finnish is a Uralic language from Russia’s Ural Mountains.
- The oldest known piece of written Finnish dates from around the mid-1200s and was found in Novgorod (Russia): it was written on birch bark and may be some kind of spell.
- Finnish uses compound words. Here’s what is believed to be the longest one, 61 letters to be exact: “lentokonesuihkuturbiinimoottoriapumekaanikkoaliupseerioppilas”, which apparently means “aeroplane jet turbine motor assistant mechanic, non-commissioned officer, in training”.
- Finland’s strong stance on gender equality is also reflected in its language containing no gendered words or pronouns: the gender-neutral hän can mean both ‘he’ and ‘she’.
Put Elina to the test by typing your own text in our Voice Demo.