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CoVoST: A Large-Scale Multilingual Speech-To-Text Translation Corpus

License: CC0-1.0 Open In Colab

End-to-end speech-to-text translation (ST) has recently witnessed an increased interest given its system simplicity, lower inference latency and less compounding errors compared to cascaded ST (i.e. speech recognition + machine translation). End-to-end ST model training, however, is often hampered by the lack of parallel data. Thus, we created CoVoST, a large-scale multilingual ST corpus based on Common Voice, to foster ST research with the largest ever open dataset. Its latest version covers translations from English into 15 languages---Arabic, Catalan, Welsh, German, Estonian, Persian, Indonesian, Japanese, Latvian, Mongolian, Slovenian, Swedish, Tamil, Turkish, Chinese---and from 21 languages into English, including the 15 target languages as well as Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian. It has total 2,880 hours of speech and is diversified with 78K speakers.

CoVoST Overview

Please check out our papers (CoVoST 1, CoVoST 2) for more details and the VizSeq example for exploring CoVoST data.

CoVoST Statistics

We also provide an additional out-of-domain evaluation set from Tatoeba for 5 languages (French, German, Dutch, Russian and Spanish) into English.

What's New

  • 2021-01-06: Data splitting script added. Fairseq S2T example added for model training.
  • 2020-07-21: CoVoST 2 released (arXiv paper) with 25 new translation directions.
  • 2020-02-27: Colab example added for exploring CoVoST data with VizSeq.
  • 2020-02-13: Paper accepted to LREC 2020.
  • 2020-02-07: CoVoST released.

Getting Data

Language code

Lang Code
English en
French fr
German de
Spanish es
Catalan ca
Italian it
Russian ru
Chinese zh-CN
Portuguese pt
Persian fa
Estonian et
Mongolian mn
Dutch nl
Turkish tr
Arabic ar
Swedish sv-SE
Latvian lv
Slovenian sl
Tamil ta
Japanese ja
Indonesian id
Welsh cy

CoVoST 2

  1. Download Common Voice audio clips and transcripts (version 4).
  2. Download CoVoST 2 translations (covost_v2.<src_lang_code>_<tgt_lang_code>.tsv, which matches the rows in validated.tsv from Common Voice):
  1. Get data splits: we adopt the standard Common Voice development/test splits and an extended Common Voice train split to improve data utilization (see also Section 2.2 in our paper). Use the following script to generate the data splits:
    python get_covost_splits.py \
      --version 2 --src-lang <src_lang_code> --tgt-lang <tgt_lang_code> \
      --root <root path to the translation TSV and output TSVs> \
      --cv-tsv <path to validated.tsv>
    You should get 3 TSV files (covost_v2.<src_lang_code>_<tgt_lang_code>.<split>.tsv) for train, dev and test splits, respectively. Each of them has 4 columns: path (audio filename), sentence (transcript), translation and client_id (speaker ID).

CoVoST 1

  1. Download Common Voice audio clips and transcripts (version 3).

  2. Download CoVoST translations (covost.<src_lang_code>_<tgt_lang_code>.tsv, which matches the rows in validated.tsv from Common Voice):

  3. Get data splits: we use extended Common Voice splits to improve data utilization. Use the following script to generate the data splits:

     python get_covost_splits.py \
       --version 1 --src-lang <src_lang_code> --tgt-lang <tgt_lang_code> \
       --root <root path to the translation TSV and output TSVs> \
       --cv-tsv <path to validated.tsv>

    You should get 3 TSV files (covost.<src_lang_code>_<tgt_lang_code>.<split>.tsv) for train, dev and test splits, respectively. Each of them has 4 columns: path (audio filename), sentence (transcript), translation and client_id (speaker ID).

Tatoeba Evaluation Data

  1. Download transcripts and translations and extract files to data/tt/*.

  2. Download speech data:

python get_tt_speech.py \
  --root <mp3 download root (default to data/tt/mp3)>

Exploring Data

VizSeq Example Open In Colab

Model Training

We provide fairseq S2T example for speech recognition/translation model training.

License

License
CoVoST data CC0
Tatoeba sentences CC BY 2.0 FR
Tatoeba speeches Various CC licenses (please check out the "audio_license" column in data/tt/tatoeba20191004.s2t.<lang>_en.tsv)
Anything else CC BY-NC 4.0

Citation

Please cite as (CoVoST 2)

@misc{wang2020covost,
    title={CoVoST 2: A Massively Multilingual Speech-to-Text Translation Corpus},
    author={Changhan Wang and Anne Wu and Juan Pino},
    year={2020},
    eprint={2007.10310},
    archivePrefix={arXiv},
    primaryClass={cs.CL}
}

and (CoVoST 1)

@inproceedings{wang-etal-2020-covost,
    title = "{C}o{V}o{ST}: A Diverse Multilingual Speech-To-Text Translation Corpus",
    author = "Wang, Changhan  and
      Pino, Juan  and
      Wu, Anne  and
      Gu, Jiatao",
    booktitle = "Proceedings of The 12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference",
    month = may,
    year = "2020",
    address = "Marseille, France",
    publisher = "European Language Resources Association",
    url = "https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/2020.lrec-1.517",
    pages = "4197--4203",
    abstract = "Spoken language translation has recently witnessed a resurgence in popularity, thanks to the development of end-to-end models and the creation of new corpora, such as Augmented LibriSpeech and MuST-C. Existing datasets involve language pairs with English as a source language, involve very specific domains or are low resource. We introduce CoVoST, a multilingual speech-to-text translation corpus from 11 languages into English, diversified with over 11,000 speakers and over 60 accents. We describe the dataset creation methodology and provide empirical evidence of the quality of the data. We also provide initial benchmarks, including, to our knowledge, the first end-to-end many-to-one multilingual models for spoken language translation. CoVoST is released under CC0 license and free to use. We also provide additional evaluation data derived from Tatoeba under CC licenses.",
    language = "English",
    ISBN = "979-10-95546-34-4",
}

Contact

Changhan Wang (changhan@fb.com), Juan Miguel Pino (juancarabina@fb.com), Jiatao Gu (jgu@fb.com)

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