Japanese language launched on world-leading Speechmatics ASR platform

Date: Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Speechmatics today released it’s Japanese language pack to our cloud-based and on-premise Speech Recognition platform.

Proving again the power and flexibility of the Auto-Auto language creation framework, releasing Japanese underlines our commitment to deliver broad language coverage to our rapidly expanding new and existing customer base.

Misquoting Orwell: “All languages are equal, but some languages are more equal than others.”

Benoît Brard from our Languages team here in Cambridge, “For Auto-Auto, some languages are indeed more challenging than others. And Japanese, at first sight, looked scary: our first language without spaces, with a logographic writing system (where the characters represent concept rather than sounds), and no native speakers to hand. It was… all Greek to us. Nonetheless, in a matter of days and a few nudges in places, Auto-Auto has proved to be generic and powerful enough to deliver our first Japanese model without further human intervention.”

Available immediately on the www.speechmatics.com web service, we encourage everyone to come give us a try.

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