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Microsoft Edge Browser

Edge Browser

Edge is super special. At Totally Literate, we think it’s the cat’s meow. It practically purrs!

Ms. Wright, Totally Literate Executive VP of Marketing
  • It has several remarkable features. Herewith are just three:

  1. It can read aloud our Totally Literate website in some 60 languages. 

  2. It can translate English text into 40 additional languages. 

  3. It enables you to put stories on the Immersive Reader platform, on a MS Word document, or on the Google Translate platform.  


  • Because Edge is the only browser that provides a seamless interface with our website, because it is the only browser that has built-in TTS (Text-to-Speech) capability, and because so much of Totally Literate is predicated on it, it is essential to use this powerful, super-duper browser. ​

  • The voice controls are the three carets in the center of the toolbar, albeit faint.

  • To read text aloud initially, click on some English text, then click the "Read out loud" icon located on the URL bar. 

Shows the 3 carets of voice controls

voice controls

Read out loud icon

read-out-loud icon


  • After the text has been read and you want to move to another page, you must stop the speaker, otherwise it will continue reading the text on the page you had just left.

  • The Voice options are located to the right on the same toolbar as the voice controls. 

Voice controls and Voice options toolbar


  • When you click on "Voice options," a box like the one below will pop up. It allows you to change the voice (TTS speaker) and the speed of its delivery.​​

Photo shows how to adust speed & change TTS voice


Danish is used for this example.


  1. Initially, you should be under the American flag.

  2. In order to bring up "Voice options," you must read aloud a word or two of English text

  3. That having been done, click on "Voice options." This will bring up the user box like the one shown in Photo 1.

  4. If the voice is different from the voice you want, click the rectangular box within "Voice options," labeled "Choose a voice." This action will bring up a long menu to choose from. See Photo 2. (This step will change only the speaker, not the text.)

  5. Next, to translate the page, as well as every other page of the website, first right-click anywhere on whichever page you happen to be on. This action will automatically put the translation icon on the URL toolbar. See Photos 3a, 3b, and 3c.

  6. Then click the blue translation icon. This will pop up the user box directly below it. Then put a check mark in the rectangular box within it labeled "Always translate from English."​ See Photos 3a and 3b.

  7. If you have been working in Danish, as depicted in 3a, merely click "Done" in the blue box to stay in Danish. And if you had been working in some other foreign language, say Arabic, as depicted in 3b, you would click on Arabic, then choose Danish from the language menu that will have popped up. Lastly, click Translate in the rectangular blue box to get back to Danish.

  8. Regardless of which foreign language you may have been working in, a click on "Show original" will translate the website to English. Then, please don't forget, you must change TTS voice to an English speaker.

Voice options user box enlarged

Photo 1

Voice options user box with speaker menu

Photo 2

Translation user box with blue translate icon atop

Photo 3a

Translate 3


Photo 3b

Blue translate icon on URL bar

Photo 3c

Flag Languages

With Flag Languages, you can go back and forth from one flag language to another flag language without changing speakers. However, if you go from a non-flag language to a flag language, you must first change the speaker to whichever language you intend to use.  


Non-Flag Languages

You must always change the speaker to a voice that speaks the language which you intend to use next. ​If you fail to do so, no change will happen. Say you had been using Catalan, for example, and went to English without first changing Voice options to an English speaker, the English text would continue to be read in Catalan. 

The Edge Browser, like most of the other tools and platforms used on our Totally Literate website, has a twofold function. One, to help all students, regardless of age and ability, with or without learning handicaps, learn to read in a fun, fail-safe manner. Two, to help foreign speakers worldwide understand English and speak the language properly, and, likewise, to help native English speakers study practically any foreign language under the sun.​

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