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Microsoft Edge Browser

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Ms. Wright, Totally Literate Executive VP of Marketing

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 "Read aloud from here." 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. Its navigational controls are depicted below.

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

  • 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, and 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 Turquoise, Classic Fables in Diamond Membership, and Multilinguals in Palladium.

 

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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As a new user, one needs only to be concerned with “Speed,” and only if the delivery sounds too fast or too slow. Where the indicator is shown below, the "Speed," should be right for most users. As to choosing a voice, you should refrain from doing so initially because it takes a little time and practice to get the hang of changing them without throwing the audio out of sync with the text. For example, let's say you were to go into "Voice options" and change the voice to Italian, then click on another flag language, you likely would be disappointed as you'd continue to hear Italian. 

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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 illustrate, from the drop-down menu of flags, she could click on the flag representing the country from which 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.

Additionally, speakers of 31 other languages can read and hear our Totally Literate website in their native tongue. These languages are Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Estonian, Finish, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Latvia, Lithuanian, Malay, Maltase, Marathi, Norwegian, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenia, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Welsh. 

 

To translate these languages, the user should right click on any page, then, from the pop-up menu, select "Translate to [whichever language is shown.]"  Then he should go to the top toolbar where he'll see a blue icon, signifying translation. To wit -

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Then he should click on it. When he does so he'll see the user box below: 

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Lastly, he should click on Translate. That's all there is to it.

There is another 33 languages that Edge Browser supports, but only the text thereof can be translated.

Nevertheless, if speakers of some of these less commonly spoken languages, say Afrikaans, wants a few paragraphs of English audibly translated, indeed it's doable by using Google Translate. However, a speaker of Lao, for example, won't be so fortunate. Google Translate doesn't audibly translate Lao or many other languages. Albeit, it does an incredible job translating English text into 108 languages, of which Afrikaans and 61 other languages are audible.

 

Be that as it may, speakers of fourscore plus inaudible languages can still compare their respective text to audible English text on various formats. Hence, being a speaker of a less popular language should by no means be considered  much of a handicap.

  • The Edge Browser, like most of the many other learning platforms and modalities used on our website, has a twofold function: one, to help foreign speakers learn English, especially pronunciation, syntax, and vocabulary; and, two, to help native English speakers learn a second or third language.

  • To illustrate one of Edge's many awesome educational features, below is a paragraph taken from a recent edition of the Daily Mail, translated into Lao. This technology can help students of English in countless sundry ways.

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Smartphones

To have your phone read aloud the Totally Literate website, please follow these steps:

  1. Tap on the three vertical dots on the top of your display.

  2. Select "Open in Edge."

  3. To see the toolbar, press on the display and drag downward.

  4. On the toolbar, which appears on the bottom of your screen, tap on the three horizontal dots, then select "Read aloud" from the menu that appears. 

Once you have executed all the above steps, the controls will appear on the top of your screen. The middle caret will pause or stop the recording. The left caret will repeat the recording and the right caret will advance it. The notched wheel on the left of the toolbar allows you to change the TTS voice and its speed. As you scroll down to read along with the recording the controls will drop out of view, therefor you must press on your screen and drag downward to bring them back into view. If you pause the recording before it ends and go to another page, the recording will play on as though it still on the former page. To avoid this, you must press on the word wherever you would like to start the new recording. Then you should press the middle caret. 

To look up the definition of any word and hear it pronounced, first pause the recording then tap on your chosen word. (It will appear on the bottom of your screen.) Then tap on the caret. When you're through, "X" out and you'll be able to continue listening at the spot where you had stopped.

To change to another flag language, tap on the three parallel bars of any page. Then choose one of the languages. Next, follow the procedure of Number 4 above; to wit, tap the three horizontal bars on the bottom of your screen, then select "Read aloud." 

To view any of the three pages which have a presenter:

  1. Tap on "Click to view in fullscreen," the caption that's superimposed on the presenter.

  2. Then tap on the three vertical dots on top right of display and select "Desktop site" from the drop-down menu. As you do the presenter will appear.

  3. To get presenter to talk, tap on the photo of him or her.

  4. Now turn your phone to landscape view.

  5. To move from page to page use the large carets on either side of your screen.

  6. And to get back to the main menu once you're through listening, again tab on the three vertical dots on the top right of your display and deselect "Desktop site."

  7. Turn your phone back to portrait view and click the caret on the bottom left of your screen.

  • You should have these steps down pat after about a month of practice, but if you make a mistake beforehand and lose the website altogether, don't worry, just re-open it once again.

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