When you do a virtual install, please test the virtual sound card to see if it will work before finishing the virtual install. If that sound card hasn't been correctly provisioned, speech will be impossible on a virtual system no matter what operating system is installed. I only install on real iron so can't help you with virtual systems. Maybe the arch wiki has a good article on virtual systems you can read as a learning tool.
On Tue, 23 Nov 2021, John Berden via arch-general wrote:
I installed espeakup and enabled espeakup.service.
After reboot I have login window, but espeak doesn't work.
And I canot login, password doesn't work.