Hear it first !

Learning a foreign language? Nail the pronunciation with Hear it first! Multilingual TEXT-TO-SPEECH app.


For Windows Phone 8 / 8.1 and Windows 10

Last update: 14 Sep 2016 – v. 3.8.3 (now with a link on the upgrade page to redeem vouchers).

Need help to save speech as MP3 ? Check the FAQs below.


Windows 10 Mobile


Key features

  • Transform text into speech
  • Available in 11 languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
  • Save speech as MP3 files
  • Pin saved items to your start screen
  • Automatic synchronization of Saved Items between different Windows 10 devices


March 2016


Hear it first! is a free Windows 10 multilingual text to speech app. This app can prove to be helpful in learning the correct pronunciation of words. It can come handy if you are learning a new language and want to know the correct pronunciation of words. You can even use it when travelling to another country where the native language is different.

(read full review here)

February 2016

Featured on MonWindowsPhone in Les App’solument Francophones #55

January 2016

Recommended by Computeractive and WebUser

Reviewed by Windows Central

hear it first reviewed by Windows Central

Hear It First is an app designed to help you with the pronunciations of foreign languages. Available for both Windows 10 PC and Mobile devices, the app can come in handy while you are learning a new language or any other situation where you need to hear how a word or phrase sounds like.

(read full review here)

Awarded OMG! on the AdDuplexHERO program


September 2015

App of the day on myAppFree

How many times have you asked yourself: “How do I say that?” reading an Italian Menu at the restaurant? Everything seems like “babadabubi” … but it isn’t, trust me. Writing is often easier than speaking, but every language has its tricks and to master the pronunciation, you will need a good tool. Well … now you have “Hear it first!”

June 2015

Recommended by Windows Parent

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. How can I save as MP3 files? Where are the MP3 files stored?

Please follow those simple steps:

1- First save within the app and give it a name:


2- Now go to saved items, select the item you have just created and click save as MP3 at the bottom:


3- You can now choose the destination for your MP3 file.

Q2. The language I want isn’t there. Why not?

The app uses the speech synthesis available on the Windows 10 Operating System. At the moment there are 11 different languages. Others like Arabic, Hindi or Norwegian for example, are not available yet as part of the Operating System. As soon as they become available they will get added to the app. If you have spotted the arrival of a new language voice before us, please get in touch! Thanks.

Q3. I can’t get a translation using this app. What’s the app purpose exactly?

Note that ‘Hear it first!’ was designed for language students who have the words they want to use, but are unsure about the pronunciation or simply want to do some listening practice. The app is not a translating tool; its primary purpose is to transform text into speech.

Q4. I get a message saying “voice not installed on your device”. How do I install a voice exactly?

Here is how to install a ‘voice’ on Windows 10 for PCs and tablets:

  • Go to Windows 10 Settings
  • Select Time & language
  • Go to Region & language
  • Click on English (United Kingdom) or English (United States) or whichever language your PC is set to or click + Add a language if the one you want isn’t there
  • Then select Options
  • Under Speech click Download
  • Now restart your device
  • Do this with any other languages you’d like to use

Here is how to install a ‘voice’ on Windows 10 Mobile:

  • Go to Windows 10 Settings
  • Select Time & language
  • Go to Speech
  • Click + Add a language and download the voice you need
  • Now restart your device
  • Do this with any other languages you’d like to use

Q5. I tried to install a voice and my device is now displaying in a foreign language. What’s happened? What should I do now?

No problem. It is possible to ‘add a language voice’ and keep your display language unchanged. Check you’ve followed the instructions from the question above step by step carefully; you may have changed the device display language by mistake.

In the meantime, look at the screenshots below to see where to click to reset the display to the language of your choice (in this example back to English UK):

on tablets or PCs:


on phones:


Now restart your device. Any problems please get in touch.