Cherokee Language Lessons

Cherokee TTS Update #2 (IMS-Toucan)

2022-04-18 Michael Conrad  3 minute read

I've been working with using the IMS-Toucan to create a TTS for Cherokee. My previous attempts with the Tacotron model kept resulting in problematic models that had a tendency to "ramble" on with "mumblings" in a not entirely predictable fashion. I maintain a fork of the repo at Cherokee Language IMS-Toucan.

The results I've obtained from the IMS-Toucan FastSpeech2 model are much more reliable.

I've attached a copy of three different TTS voices reading the Two Hunters story from the C.E.D., pp354-355. Cherokee Dictionary

Cherokee Animal Names (TTS 1)

2021-05-29 Michael Conrad  2 minute read

Enough progress has been made on the Cherokee TTS project to provide a full set of audio only exercises.

This audio is 100% computer generated audio. No humans were used in the making of these audio files.

FREE!

The app is currently available for Android TV for free in the Google App Store.

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This is a simple platformer game to assist with learning the Cherokee numbers.

You wander around in a maze and collect dice together that match the challenge given, then explode them.

After you have completed all the challenges for a level you move on to the next larger level with more numbers to learn.

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Cherokee TTS Volunteer Help Needed

2020-11-16 Michael Conrad  2 minute read

Your help reviewing Cherokee language audio is greatly needed.

As mentioned in a previous post [here], I've been working on getting a Cherokee TTS system operational. I now have initial output ready for a quality check review.

If you have at least some ear for the sounds of Cherokee either as a second language learner or you are a first language speaker your help would most definitely be appreciated.

Simply visit [Audio Quality Vote], login, review audio, and vote. That's it! Simple and easy! Nothing to download or install, it all happens in the browser.