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AI Text-to-Speech models have accents too

While playing around with the Web Speech API  I discovered something interesting: if you let the Dutch voice speak English text, it sounds remarkably like the typical "Dungrish" accent (Dutch person speaking English). I didn't expect this. Obviously the AI was not trained on reproducing foreign accents, but it still does! Very interesting to see what happens if you let the voice speak a language it was not trained on You can play around with it here if your browser supports it, or try the examples below: Select the voice, this might be empty if your browser doesn't support text to speech Enter the text you want spoken Hello good sir, can you please tell me what twenty times ten is? Or try these ready made examples: English text spoken by Dutch voice English text spoken by Hindi voice English text spoken by Italian voice English text spoken by French voice English text spoken by German voice English text