All questions on this page are answered by the app developer (and my husband) Ryan Lintott.
What devices are supported?
The app is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices running iOS 14.1 and up.
Why is the app free?
The app is free to reach a wider audience and introduce more people to Old English. If you enjoy the app you can always support via Patreon.
Will there be an Android version?
There are currently no plans to make an Android version. This is my first app and it’s built natively for iOS because I own an iPhone and I learned how to code for that platform. Building an Android version would involve re-writing the code in a language I haven’t yet learned on a device I don’t yet have. In other words, a large investment of time and/or money that I’m not planning on just yet.
Why does the voice have an American accent?
There is no voice available for the Old English language so we had to modify an existing voice to achieve a close-as-possible approximation. There were a number of regional options for English including UK, US, Australia, Ireland, India, and South Africa. We originally started with a UK voice but after many adjustments we were unable to get some of the sounds working properly. (The accent often omits the R sound in words like wordhord, for example.) We switched to a US voice and after many more adjustments we got something that sounded pretty good.
How do I fix “Voice not Available”?
If you got this error it means you don’t have the supported voice installed on your device. To add this voice, do the following:
- Go to your Home Screen
- Go to Settings > Accessibility > VoiceOver > Speech
- Under the Rotor Languages heading, Tap Add New Language…
- Tap English (US) to add the language
- Under the Rotor Languages heading, Tap English (US)
- Tap the download button next to Nicky
- Once installed you may need to restart the Old English Wordhord app.