SpeakIt!

SpeakIt! is a text-to-speech tool available as a Chrome extension.

Once you’ve added the extension, you can change the settings: the accent and gender of the speaking voice, the speed, and other options:

speakit options

Adding the extension will automatically install an icon on your Chrome tool bar. Open the page you want to read and select the text you want to listen to. Click on the icon and the speaking will begin. The number of sentences remaining is indicated in red.speakit_extension

The voices I tried were slightly robotic but overall pretty accurate (intonation, rhythm, flow) and human-like. It’s not perfect, but I think it can be helpful for your listening and pronunciation practice. It’s always good to check with a human native speaker (or near-native speaker), too, if you have questions.

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