6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 19, 2013 9:15 AM by 96jackygarcia
maryorange Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I would like to have the Voice Over in my Mac function in Portuguese. I can change the language of system andVoice Over will read it but it reads with an English pronunciation. The same is true for French and I imagine all the other languages. The effect is very strange. It doesn’t sound like the foreign language because the words have a different pronunciation. Does anyone know if this can be remedied?


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,965 points)

    You need to change the Voice used by the system to a Portuguese voice.  This is done in system preferences/speech and universal access

  • maryorange Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    My system preferences doesn't seem to have a Portuguese voice.

    When I write in Portuguese, the voice reads the words with the English pronunciation.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,965 points)

    maryorange wrote:

     

    My system preferences doesn't seem to have a Portuguese voice.

     

     

    Please look again in Universal Access > Seeing > Voice Over Utility > Speech > Customize.  The Portuguese voice will be downloaded if you check the box.

     

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  • maryorange Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you very much for pursuing my question and giving such a detailed answer complete with screen shot.

    I have been working with a MacBook Pro OS 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) which doesn't have the customize option.

    At Christmas we got 2 new Macs with OS 10.8.2. Indeed, the very feature you mention is there.

     

    We have yet an older IBook G4 which I would like to give away to a blind Portuguese person, but since it doesn't have that Portuguese voice, it would be useless to him.

     

    Thanks again.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,965 points)

    Unfortunately Apple only supplied an English voice until OS 10.7.   I think it is possible to add other voices to earlier systems, but you have to buy them from Cepstral, Assistiveware, or other sources.

  • 96jackygarcia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    and thank apple for that coz other system doesn't even have any thing to support blind people at all. it seem like only apple that even care!