Alexa Speaking Styles and Emotions Now Available in Additional Languages

Alan Wenden Nov 24, 2020
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Last year, we introduced Alexa speaking styles and emotions. Speaking styles enable you to tailor Alexa’s voice to the respective content being delivered such as news, music, conversations, and long-form content. Alexa emotions allow you to have Alexa respond with either a happy/excited or a disappointed/empathetic tone. Today, we are excited to extend these capabilities to additional languages. 

  • Music speaking style: now available in Canadian English, British English, and German.
  • Conversational speaking style: now available in US English, Japanese, and Italian.
  • Emotions: now available in British English and Japanese.

To learn more, check out our technical documentation here.

Use the Music Speaking Style

Starting today, you can use the music speaking style to emulate DJs or radio hosts. 

             Neutral                Music Speaking Style     
Canadian English            Audio Sample          Audio Sample
British English           Audio Sample          Audio Sample
German       Audio Sample          Audio Sample 

To implement the music speaking style, you can use the syntax below: 

<amazon:domain name="music">Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses became one of their most successful singles, topping the Billboard Hot 100 in 1988. Slash’s guitar solo on this song was ranked the 37th greatest solo of all time. Here’s Sweet Child O’ Mine.

Use the Conversational Speaking Style

The conversational speaking style enables Alexa to sound less formal, as if speaking to friends and family.

             Neutral                Conversational Speaking Style  
US English             Audio Sample                 Audio Sample
Japanese           Audio Sample                 Audio Sample
Italian       Audio Sample                   Audio Sample

To implement the conversational speaking style, you can use the syntax below: 

<amazon:domain name=“conversational”>I really didn’t know how this morning was going to start. And if I had known, I think I might have just stayed in bed.</amazon:domain>

Use Emotions

With emotions, you can have Alexa respond in a happy/excited tone when a customer answers a trivia question correctly or wins a game. Similarly, you can have Alexa respond in a disappointed/empathic tone when the weather forecast is gloomy. To get started with emotions, wrap Alexa’s response with the appropriate SSML emotion tag (‘excited’ or ‘disappointed’) and the level of intensity to be applied to the response (‘low’, ‘medium’ or ‘high’).

             Neutral                    Emotions         
British English - Excited           Audio Sample      Audio Sample
British English - Disappointed         Audio Sample      Audio Sample
Japanese - Excited       Audio Sample        Audio Sample
Japanese - Disappointed       Audio Sample      Audio Sample

<amazon:emotion name="excited" intensity="medium">Christina wins this round!</amazon:emotion>


<amazon:emotion name="disappointed" intensity="high">Here I am with a brain the size of a planet and they ask me to pick up a piece of paper.</amazon:emotion>

Get Started Today

We look forward to seeing what you build. Please ask questions and share your feedback on the Alexa developer forum. And feel free to connect with the Alexa Text-to-Speech Product Manager, Nikhil, on linkedin.