Prosodic Reading Tutor of Japanese, Suzuki-kun: The first and only educational tool to teach the formal Japanese

Nobuaki Minematsu, Daisuke Saito, Nobuyuki Nishizawa


A text typed to a speech synthesizer is generally converted into its corresponding phoneme sequence on which various kinds of prosodic symbols are attached by a prosody prediction module. By using this module effectively, we build a prosodic reading tutor of Japanese, called Suzuki-kun, and it is provided as one feature of OJAD (Online Japanese Accent Dictionary). In Suzuki-kun, any Japanese text is converted into its reading (Hiragana 1 sequence) on which the pitch pattern that sounds natural as Tokyo Japanese (the formal Japanese) is visualized as a smooth curve drawn by the F0 contour generation process model. Further, the positions of accent nuclei and unvoiced vowels are illustrated. Suzuki-kun also reads that text out following the prosodic features that are visualized. Suzuki-kun has become the most popular feature of OJAD and so far, we gave 90 tutorial workshops of OJAD in 27 countries. After INTERSPEECH, we’ll give 6 workshops in the USA this year.


Cite as

Minematsu, N., Saito, D., Nishizawa, N. (2016) Prosodic Reading Tutor of Japanese, Suzuki-kun: The first and only educational tool to teach the formal Japanese. Proc. 9th ISCA Speech Synthesis Workshop, 122-122.

Bibtex
@inproceedings{Minematsu+2016,
author={Nobuaki Minematsu and Daisuke Saito and Nobuyuki Nishizawa},
title={Prosodic Reading Tutor of Japanese, Suzuki-kun: The first and only educational tool to teach the formal Japanese},
year=2016,
booktitle={9th ISCA Speech Synthesis Workshop},
pages={122--122}
}