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Ethan Moore February 2016

How to work with System.Speech

So I have:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Reference Assemblies\Microsoft\Framework.NETFramework\v4.0\Profile\Client\ System.Speech.dll

...and I can add the reference to Visual Studio but using System.Speech etc won't register with the console, and therefore speech synthesis and recognition does not work.

Would appreciate any and all help, thanks!


Pano Katsourakis February 2016

Its a little out of date but this tutorial shows you how to get started using the System.speech class

It sounds like what you are doing now is trying to use the class directly. The first step is to make an instance of the SpeechSynthesizer or SpeechRecognizer class with which you can perform the System.speech actions.

MickyD February 2016

You need to add a reference to the System.Speech assembly, then you are free to use speech like so:

using System;
using System.Speech; // <-- sounds like what you are using, not necessary for this example
using System.Speech.Recognition; // <--- you need this

namespace ConsoleApplication2
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            using (SpeechRecognizer recognizer = new SpeechRecognizer())
                // do something

Adding reference

Just in case, here is the reference I am using (via project.References.Add Reference...):

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It is not necessary to use the Browse function. I'm assuming you are not using COM too.

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