Text to Speach audio option along with the text
It would be very useful to be able to hear the text (not only single words), maybe using a TTS synthesiser like the one that now pronounces single words. It would be great to let Readlang speak a selected phrase or even the entire text, making it a sort of audiobook with both text and audio. It would improve a lot the learning experience for those who want to improve the pronunciation and speech recognition, along with the reading abilities.
Automatic audio playback is now available for premium users, it doesn’t read the whole text however, just what you click on.
Once enabled, you will hear audio pronunciation every time:
- You translate a word or phrase
- The side of the flashcard in your target language is displayed
It works for the following 17 languages: Catalan, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Please let me know what you think of this and how it works.
1. It doesn’t work when using the Web Reader on iOS.
2. When enabled, you’ll see an audio icon at the top of the reader page and during a flashcard session allowing you to toggle “speaking mode” – this won’t appear at all if it wasn’t enabled first from the settings page (http://readlang.com/preferences)
3. On YouTube videos, audio pronunciation will only work when the video is paused.
Roberto Nerici commented
Thanks for the nice addition. I'm using it as part of flashcard reviewing. I'm used to it with a memrise deck I also use and it makes the flashcard part of readlang seem a more rounded experience.
Currently I use a Microsoft service for the text-to-speech which seems to work very well, but it wouldn't be feasible for whole texts since I'd need to pay per character.
If I implemented whole text playback it would probably need to use the browser's built in text-to-speech. The problem here is lack of consistency between different browsers. And for Spanish within Chrome in particular, I find Google's voice sounds much worse than the Microsoft one I'm currently using.
It's not going to work on this in the immediate future, but long term it's certainly a possibility.
Yes, I tried it a bit and it works well. So, the only possible feature one could add to the actual system is the ability to start playing the reader (a "play button") so that it continues to play until one stops it (a "pause" button), this way it would become a sort of audiobook to follow alongside the written text.