extension ExtPose

Text-to-Speech Highlighter

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Description from extension meta

Highlight and right click text to translate/voice!

Image from store Text-to-Speech Highlighter
Description from store Text-to-Speech Highlighter is a free service which reads the text you highlight, or its translation. It currently supports 70+ languages and dialects, and uses HTML5's Text-to-Speech (TTS) technology. Simply highlight the text, right click it, and select the "Speak" option. With just two clicks, it's simple and quick to use! You can also press the extension icon and select "Translate before Speech" for it to translate the highlighted text into your preferred language before reading it. This extension is perfect for language learners, especially people who can speak, but not read. We slow things down every other time so you can easily understand. Having trouble reading texts sent by family members in your traditional language? No problem, our team is entirely composed of second-generation immigrants; we know exactly how you feel, so we designed this with you in mind. Are you an international student getting used to a new environment? We've got you covered, the translation tool is perfect for you. Dyslexic? Well, we're here to make things easier for you. Options: We now support various dialects. Click on the extension, and go into the advanced settings where you can choose your preferred dialect. For example, if you're Cantonese speaker, in the drop-down menu, select Cantonese/Yue for the program to read Chinese characters in Cantonese instead of Mandarin. Here you can also change text speed, change the volume, manually change your native language, or slow down the speech every other time. Commands: Cancel Speech: Alt+P (Command+P on Mac). =============== Hello! Text-to-Speech Highlighter is made by Tim, Bryan, and Sammy. We are computer science students from the University of Waterloo and McMaster University. Since we run our product at a loss, we will greatly appreciate any support we receive. Thank you for your generosity and support! :D All donations will be spent on running this service: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/ttshighlighter

Latest reviews

  • (2023-08-12) snail: i liked it a lot until just recently where the voice didnt work. pretty dissapointed.
  • (2023-06-23) Joseph “DJ ELITE” Netherland: It doesn't work at all.
  • (2023-01-29) Doodle Bug: Was trying to use to get through my homework reading (I'm a slow reader). It doesn't work on Perusall.
  • (2022-12-06) Felix Iglesias: Just what I needed, hope that we'll be able to add a more natural sounding voice in the future.
  • (2022-09-12) Ali Dig: Didnt perform task at all. never heard voice.
  • (2022-07-25) Brenda Meharry: its awesome
  • (2022-05-01) Sam Mallett: It's really good but i seem to be having issues with using it on google docs, is it just not supported on there or is it something on my end?
  • (2022-04-25) Catherine Chen: looks good!
  • (2022-04-07) Ruiqi Duan: This is a really useful app! It helps me a lot with my English learning. I used to use Youdao translate which I had to copy paste everything from the website and translate, and sometimes the format changed and made things hard to read. This one is simply as it is.
  • (2022-01-19) Lauren Brissey: It exists! Been searching for something like this for years! Thank you Brian, Tim & Sammy! The ease-of-use is Glorious!!
  • (2022-01-06) something funny should be: cool extension
  • (2021-12-30) Bryan Wang: This Chrome Extension is super useful when I was learning Chinese and could not recognize a word. It's far more convenient than copy/pasting unfamiliar words to a dictionary on another tab.
  • (2021-07-09) Hamza Khan: Doesn't work in Urdu. Sadge
  • (2021-07-06) Sammy Dods: This is the best chrome extension ever! I'm illiterate in my parent's tongue but now I can use text to speech to understand my relative's Facebook posts!

Latest issues

  • (2022-08-26, v:2.3) Tami Craig: No sound
    I downloaded the extension and attempted to have it read the words to me. However when I highlight, right click and choose Speak, it does not read anything aloud.
  • (2022-03-06, v:2.2.1) Big Rice: Invalid Package Error cannot install
    I can't install the extension anymore. The error says the package is invalid because it cannot load 'icon.png' specified for "browser_action". I hope it's not something too involved to fix as I understand you're currently busy with other commitments, thank you in advance.
  • (2022-02-28, v:2.2) Big Rice: Extension doesn't remember settings
    This is such a useful tool I really want to use it more but I have to go to advanced settings every time to switch the chinese pronunciation from the default mandarin to cantonese every time I start my browser. The plugin doesn't seem to save the changes despite clicking the button to do so after setting the value.
  • (2022-01-28, v:2.1) Hanan Katz: Icon disapera from right click menu...
    After initially installing the extension in Chrome, I was able to highlight text, than right click on it and click on the 'text to speech highlighter' in order to hear the text aloud. However, the next time I wanted to use the same method, the 'text to speech highlighter' disappeared from the right click menu. Any suggestions how to keep it permanently active?
  • (2022-01-19, v:2.0) Lauren Brissey: Slow Voice
    Just a heads up that if I highlight some text and play it once, it speaks about 15 sec worth of what ever I've highlight, but when I do it a second time on that same highlighted area it speaks twice as slow for that same 15 sec (kept highlighted or re-highlighted). Cool feature if it's deliberate...
  • (2022-01-19, v:2.0) Lauren Brissey: Extended Spoken Limit?
    Directly highlighting from the internet page & spoken aloud with such convenience is amazing! After trying it out there seems to be a 'spoken limit' despite how much you highlight. I'm curious if this spoken limit could be extended to match what you highlighted? *This explains the lack of 'interrupt/cancel' quick command to stop the speaking.


2,000 history
3.25 (24 votes)
Last update / version
2022-12-20 / 3.0.1
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