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The need for high-quality Korean TTS voices has never been as high as it is today. Find out the best apps that support creating content in this language.

Korean text to speech voices

Text to speech services have various use cases in various industries. Used by YouTube video creators, e-learning courses, and big businesses for marketing, TTS apps are everywhere. As such, it’s only logical for them to support different languages.

Luckily for all of us—they do, and one of them is Korean. Without further ado, we’ll let you in on some of the best text to speech apps, some of which support this Asian language. So, let’s dive straight into it, shall we?

Text to speech for Korean language

Text to speech technology isn’t anything new. It’s been with us for quite some time now, and thanks to machine learning and artificial intelligence, it’s no longer rudimentary and robotic sounding. Nowadays, TTS apps provide lifelike voice-overs through advanced AI narrators that speak various languages in neural voice types (e.g., Google Wavenet).

The Korean language is spoken by over 75 million people, of which almost 50 million live in South Korea. Many of these people in South Korea use text to speech services, as do people in other parts of the world that communicate with them. Hence, Korean is one of the most commonly used TTS languages and most apps support it.

Still, TTS Korean isn’t just one voice. Most apps offer various voice types of the same languages, including. male and female voices, different dialects, and accents. All this makes using text to speech services for creating audio files of speech in Korean a joy.

Text to speech software for Korean

With text to speech apps used in different areas of life, it’s only logical for its market to be full of them. From one app to another, you get various features and options like voice cloning, SSML support, and even custom voice creation. Of course, some are free, while others require paid subscriptions that often venture into three-digit territory.

And sure, there are hundreds of apps and tools that provide TTS services. Still, not all of them are of the same quality. Some offer this, others that, but only a few provide their users with high-end Korean voices that resemble completely natural-sounding speech. Allow us to, therefore, list our top five picks of text to speech apps that support Korean.

Amazon Polly

Besides providing e-commerce services, Amazon has its own text to speech tool called Polly. Amazon Polly is a wonderful TTS app. It supports dozens of fully natural AI voices and works in various languages besides English. Among these is, of course, Korean, which sounds rather good in our opinion.

When it comes to using Polly, you can do so for free during a year-long trial period. Nevertheless, you don’t get to use all the features, including realistic voices. Also, if you want to push Amazon Polly to its limits, you’ll need to subscribe. The pricing varies depending on how many characters you transcribe during a month, and each voice costs $16.

Murf

Murf.AI is one of those text to speech apps that appears on every list and there are good reasons for that. It offers numerous natural-sounding voices in many languages. Of course, one of these is Korean. Its Korean AI narrators include both males and females, and there are ten of them—five of each—which is pretty diverse.

You can try this online text to speech app for free. It allows you to see whether the app is for you without taking your hard-earned money. Alas, the free sessions only last for ten minutes. This might not be enough for everyone, and you may skip some important beats. The paid versions come in several plans, each better than the last.

Microsoft Azure

Just like Amazon Polly, Microsoft Azure is one of those triple-A text to speech apps that offers many features to its users. From reading speed to pitch correction, you can do anything you want with the AI narrator. Then again, you can change the language they speak into Korean, Portuguese, Arabic, and many more.

So, when it comes to Korean, you can choose a Korean male and Korean female narrator to read aloud your written content. Both sound fully realistic, which is what is expected from a Microsoft app. Still, none of this comes for free, no matter if you’re a Windows user. You’ll need to agree on the price with Microsoft.

Synthesia

Although this is primarily a TTS-based list, we had to make one exception. Synthesia isn’t a text to speech tool at its core. Instead, it’s an online video-generating platform. It transcribes text into video content, so it has a secondary TTS feature. Nevertheless, this feature is pretty good, even compared to some fully-TTS apps out there.

Synthesia’s API offers various speaking voices for its AI narrators and video presenters. They speak different languages and one of them is—you’ve guessed it—Korean. It sounds pretty solid and is rather realistic for modern standards. So, if you’re looking to create personalized videos in Korean, you should seriously consider Synthesia.

Speechify

Speechify is a top-rated TTS app on all reliable app stores and one of those gems that doesn’t come along that often. It offers more than 30 natural-sounding voices that speak in over 15 different languages and accents. Since it supports Korean, it supports different Korean accents too. According to its users, Speechify has the most realistic Korean voices, making the app a perfect tool for anyone trying to master the language. It also translates seamlessly from English to Korean, meaning you can listen to English articles in Korean to learn the accent.

Unlike most of its peers, Speechify lets you snap photos of text in Korean and run it through the app just like you would with a regular TXT file. You can also change the reading speed of the narrator up to 900 wpm. Furthermore, it’s possible to download an audio file of the speech in MP3 or WAV format for further processing.

With Speechify, you can turn any Korean text into an audio file ready for listening anywhere and any time you’re on the move. You can also use it on various platforms, including iOS and Android devices, macOS computers, and as a plug-in for Safari and Google Chrome. Hence, try Speechify and improve your Korean now.

Cliff Weitzman

Cliff Weitzman

Cliff Weitzman is a dyslexia advocate and the CEO and founder of Speechify, the #1 text-to-speech app in the world, totaling over 100,000 5-star reviews and ranking first place in the App Store for the News & Magazines category. In 2017, Weitzman was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work making the internet more accessible to people with learning disabilities. Cliff Weitzman has been featured in EdSurge, Inc., PC Mag, Entrepreneur, Mashable, among other leading outlets.