Hear it first !

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


Last update:

18 Sep 2017 – v. 4.0.4: Fixed an issue where the seek bar at the bottom wouldn’t display properly on some devices.

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Installing a new language voice on Windows 10





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Key features

  • Transform text into speech
  • Available in 25 languages: Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Hindi, Hungarian, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
  • Save speech as MP3 files
  • Pin saved items to your start screen
  • Automatic synchronization of Saved Items between different Windows 10 devices


January 2018


Hear it first! was named category finalist of the MFL category in the Tech for Teachers Award 2018.

“It was good fun to try out all the apps and websites, with their very different ideas and approaches. There was lots of inspiration to take away. Well done to all the entrants.”

Garry Britton, judge


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)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. 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.

Q2. 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

Q3. 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.