Early literacy difficulties, dyslexia and visual impairment influence how people read and learn.

ISinkwe empowers eyes and ears to read and learn more effectively through a rich audio-visual experience

South Africa is a country rich in cultures and diverse in languages. Understanding the different languages can prove challenging for people, especially when it comes to reading and learning. Early literacy difficulties, dyslexia, visual impairment, and more, influence how people read and learn.

ISinkwe is an app that adds and synchronises human-narrated or computer-generated audio to text. The text can be written in any of the 11 official languages of South Africa. Publishers, schools and private individuals can use iSinkwe to create more accessible books, class notes and other documents, in order to open up the world of reading and learning to everyone.


Who we are

The Voice Computing Research Group is located in the Next Generation Enterprises and Institutions Cluster at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. The Group studies the way in which speech- and language-related technologies can be created and applied to benefit the people of South Africa. South Africa is a multilingual country with 11 official languages, requiring unique technology solutions like iSinkwe to accommodate the diversity of languages.


ISinkwe was funded by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture and the Department of Science and Innovation.


If you would like to get in touch, please send an email to info@isinkwe.com. You can also visit our social media pages to see iSinkwe in action.

Empower your eyes and ears


ISinkwe adds either user-provided human-narrated audio or computer-generated audio to a standard EPUB3 document. iSinkwe automates the synchronisation of the audio to the text of the document at word, sentence and paragraph levels, allowing users to switch between these levels. iSinkwe does not translate the content from one language to another, but simply adds audio to documents that are already written in the language of the user’s choice.



ISinkwe is a paid service for publishers, schools and private individuals who wish to synchronise their documents.