Ring in Chinese New Year with New & Improved Waze Voices

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Happy Chinese New Year!

For those celebrating Chinese New Year, it's the Year of the Dog, which is predicted to be a successful year for industrial projects and new-found hope. And here on the Waze team, it means working to be an *even more* dependable and reliable navigation partner for our global Waze Community.

Today—thanks to a small but mighty team of 5 Waze staffers—we're bringing new and improved Simplified Chinese (Mandarin) and Traditional Chinese (Mandarin) Voices to the Waze app.

In a testament to Year of the Dog-style #teamwork, our upgraded Chinese Waze Voices evolved from an idea to re-translated, recorded, tested and live in the Waze app in only 10 days (a process that typically takes several months!). For project lead Mona Weng (our Waze Broadcasters Global Program Lead), this accomplishment is a personal one. In Mona's own words:

It was a really meaningful opportunity for me because I actually learned Chinese when I moved to California in 6th grade. Having lived [across] the US as pretty much the only Chinese person growing up, I was completely disconnected from the language and culture. Translating and recording the Chinese voices for Waze [is] the culmination of almost 15 years of devoting myself to understanding and mastering the language. Since I (obviously) love and use Waze daily (it's been a crucial tool for me to get around the severely-congested Bay Area), I was hoping to marry my love for the app with my passion for the Chinese language. This way, I can enable more Chinese speakers around the world to be able to use and experience the magic of Waze.


Mona in the studio recording.

Thanks to the hard work of Mona, the Waze Localization Team, and a few fellow Chinese speaking Waze teammates, our refreshed Chinese Voices are live and ready for Chinese-speaking Wazers around the world.

To update your Voice Language to Simplified Chinese (Mandarin), head to Settings > Voice Directions > 同同


Simplified Chinese (Mandarin) 

To update your Voice Language to Traditional Chinese (Mandarin), head to Settings > Voice Directions > 小夢


Traditional Chinese (Mandarin)


Don't forget, it's the work of our Waze Community (yes, that's you!), that inspires us to continuously find new, innovated ways to outsmart traffic and make Waze even better.

Got and idea? Submit it to the Waze Suggestion Box. Or get involved with your local Waze Community and become a Waze Map Editor

恭喜发财 (Have a prosperous New Year),
The Waze Team 

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我們許多Waze的忠實用戶剛剛慶祝完農曆新年,在狗年的一開始,Waze團隊有個好消息要告訴大家--我們更新
了繁體中文與簡體中文的語音導航,造福更多中文用戶。

這次的更新由Waze五名講中文的員工共同完成。這個通常需要耗時多個月的工程(重新翻譯、錄製、測試、上線
等程序),我們在短短十天內完成!其中的功臣大將Mona Weng--就是幕後的中文聲音,Mona平時擔任Waze
Broadcasters全球推廣負責人,這次跨行擔任中文之聲,也算是圓了她的心願。

“這次的錄音經驗對我來說意義重大,我從小就在美國一個全英語環境長大,沒有什麼機會接觸中文以及認識中
國文化,一直到國小六年級才開始開始學習中文,並且努力試著融入華語文化。當然,身為一個Waze忠實用
戶,我希望能盡自己的一份心力改善Waze中文介面使用體驗,把這個體驗與更多人分享“

以下是Mona在錄音室的花絮


想要嘗試新的簡體中文語音導航,只要開啟Waze app,點選設定-->選擇導航語音-->選擇”同同”


繁體中文語音導航:開啟Waze app,點選設定-->選擇導航語音-->選擇”小夢”


Waze團隊祝福各位新的一年恭喜發財,萬事如意!

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