Hello, as an independent student/researcher who is completely clueless about speech related topics but would like to create a simple desktop text-to-speech application, may I ask what steps you would probably offer me to follow to accomplish my goal ? I know there are free examples and also that I can look up online course syllabuses from known schools but they tend to be too localized while the others are too broad as a general introduction to the immense field. I am thinking to start learning with 1. Phonetics and Phonology 2. Text processing and processing tools 3. HMM for speech synthesis 4. Create phonetics libraries for the language involved 5. Create a demo with HMM for speech synthesis Do you have any more ideas for me to be more right on track of what I would like to do now ? Please ask if you need better clarification. Thank you.