Microsoft Edge Browser: Basics

To have a webpage read aloud, double left click on any word from whence you would like the audio to begin, then right click on that same word and choose "Continue to read aloud from here" from the dialog box that has opened. As you do so you should notice that a new toolbar with audio controls has appeared. It will be the third toolbar from the top of the page. The navigational controls on it are depicted below.

  • The Edge Browser is super special. It practically purrs. We think it’s the cat’s meow!

  • It has three functions: one, it can translate one language into another; two, it can read a multitude of languages; and, three, it can copy and paste text. 


  • 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 unique, state-of-the-art browser. To instal it on your computer, please click the following link: Microsoft Edge: Your Education Browser | Microsoft Education.


  • The Edge Browser makes it possible to read and hear the various pages of our website in 14 major languages with just a click of one's mouse.

  • Additionally, Edge is used to listen to several member-only pages, to wit Lullabies & Nursery Rhymes in our Turquoise Membership, Classic Stories in our Diamond Membership, and Work on Words Vocabulary Workbook in our Ruby Membership.


  • There are several other ways to activate Edge's speaker besides the one mentioned in red at the top of this page. Knowing them should help you navigate TL more skillfully. One way is to click on Ctrl + Select + U at the same time. Another way is to right click anywhere on a page, then left click on “Read Aloud” or “Continue to read aloud from here.” And a final way is to select a paragraph or two with your mouse, then right click on “Read aloud this selection.”   


  • Bear in mind that whichever way you choose to listen, the aforementioned new toolbar will appear with voice controls and voice options. 


  • The main navigational controls are the three carets in the center of the toolbar, as depicted here.

  • The carets allow the user to start, go forward, backward, or pause. After the text has been read and you want to move to another page, you must pause the speaker first, otherwise it will continue reading, perhaps more text as well as tabs in the footer and header.  

  • The voice options, located to the right on this same toolbar above, allow you to change speed and choose a different TTS speaker.

Initially, one needs only to be concerned with “Speed,” and that is only if the delivery sounds too fast or too slow. Where the indicator is shown below, the "Speed," should be okay for most users. As to “Choose a voice,” you should refrain from making any change for the time being. Changing voices at this time would likely throw the audio out of sync. For example, if in fact you were to change the voice, then, when clicking on a flag language, say English, you might hear Italian. 


When a speaker of one of the flag languages visits Totally Literate, she can have the entire website translated into her mother tongue by a mere single click of her mouse. To wit: from the drop-down menu of flags, she could click on the flag from whence she hails. And as she does, the text will automatically change into her native language and the corresponding TTS voice will change as well. Nothing more has to be done. It’s just a simple one-click operation.


If a speaker of a less common language, say Lao, visits Totally Literate and, of course, wants to have the entire website or just a page of it translated, indeed it can be done, but in part only. That part is the text, not the audio. 


Be that as it may, to change the text into one of the less common languages, he right clicks on any page to bring up the dialog box, then chooses "Translate to [whatever the language may be in it, it should be the last one used]" As an alternative, he could have clicked on the light blue or colorless Translate Icon in the second toolbar from the top, that is if it be present. Then he should right click in the rectangular dialog box within it, which will bring up a drop-down menu. From it, he should make his selection. It will then appear in the same dialog box. And, last, he should click on "Translate."


Incidentally, if perchance he attempts to listen to his language, he will likely hear either nothing or his choice in discordant English. 

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  • When finished perusing the TL website in Lao, he should click on the now colorless icon and click on “Show original.” That should take him back to the same flag language he had previously been on.

  • To illustrate one of Edge’s many awesome features, below is a short post taken from a recent edition of the Daily Mail, translated into Lao.


The Edge Browser, like all the other learning platforms and modalities used on our website, facilitates foreign speakers in learning English, especially pronunciation and vocabulary, while helping native English speakers learn a second or third language.