In Finnish, the main stress is always on the first syllable of the word. Vowels elsewhere than in the first syllable therefore do not receive main stress.
Finnish sentence intonation is generally falling, but the first syllable of the final word of a sentence can nevertheless be pronounced with a rising intonation without the word being given a strong stress.
And when a word needs to be given particularly strong emphasis this is done by means of intonation. Such a word is often moved to the beginning of the sentence.
Even knowing these things, I often find it hard to pronounce long sentences in Finnish, and that's when I wish I had any FINNISH TEXT TO SPEECH ENGINE
This software called TEXT ALOUD
is wonderful, since you can check pronounciation, stress and entonation of words and phrases and even paragraphs. One types anything in a text-box, then all you have to do is pushing a button and then you can listen the spoken version of what you've just typed. It is perfect!
BUT this hasn't worked for me to learn Finnish since I'm missing a good FINNISH TEXT TO SPEECH ENGINE
(that is, one of the voices to install which should allow me to listen to written text in Finnish).
Is there any good web-site where one can download any good text-to-speech engine (a finnish voice)?This page is a good one
, but it is the 'online' version and therefore it cannot be used wihout connecting to internet, nor can you save your spoken text as a .mp3 file.ANY HELP?