Posted On: Aug 23, 2022

Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech. Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of a neural version of Zhiyu, Polly’s Mandarin Chinese female text to speech (TTS) voice.

TTS voices simplify the way you can create, implement, update, and maintain your speech-enabled applications and products. You can use Amazon Polly to enhance the user experience and improve the accessibility of your text content with the power of voice. Common use cases include interactive voice response (IVR) systems, audiobooks, newsreaders, eLearning content, and virtual assistants.

Amazon Polly launched the Mandarin Chinese voice Zhiyu using standard technology in 2018, and as of today a neural version of Zhiyu is also available. The new voice offers a more natural intonation and better performance on English in code-mixing scenario. With this launch, the Amazon Polly portfolio now includes 95 voices across 33 languages and language variants, out of which 21 are supported by the neural engine.

To get started with Zhiyu, log in to the Amazon Polly console and read the documentation. For more details, review our full list of Amazon Polly text-to-speech voices, regional availability, service limits, FAQs, and visit our pricing page.