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Introducing Read-Aloud

September 28, 2023

I’m excited to introduce a new feature: you can now listen to entire texts uploaded to Readlang with synchronzied word highlighting! This uses your browser’s built-in text-to-speech functionality so which languages are supported will depend upon your device and browser.

If your browser supports it, you will now see a Play/Pause button at the bottom of the reader page, and when you click it, you’ll hear a voice speaking the whole text, with the current word highlighted:

Read Aloud: play button    Read Aloud: playing

It’s similar to the existing highlighting that Readlang supports for YouTube video transcriptions but with the benefit that you don’t need to manually synchronize the text to the audio.

While these aren’t real human voices, the upside is that you can easily access it on any text you upload. Plus, over time I expect that over time higher quality voices will become available which sound even more natural.


The above is available to everyone completely for free!

Additionally, premium subscribers are able to customize the voice and the speed. You’ll find these options in the AA options tab of the reader sidebar.

Read Aloud: customization

Would love to hear what you think! Please give it a try and let me know! (This is new so if you find bugs or things which don’t work so well, I’m particularly interested in that.)

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