There are many desktop software but also free online tools to help you in your learning process. However it is not easy to find free and good ones.
Most are severely limited, allowing only few hundred characters or do not give any download option. Find below the best quality user-friendly ones:
Interested in listening to a text you once wrote? Not having the time to read an article or even a book?Using this tool you can listen to the audio while you are running, working out at the gym or commuting to work.
Text-to-speech is a simple online Text To Speech tool which does not require any registration to use. First, make sure that the Translate check mark box is ON, choose the target language for translation, adjust the speed of the voice, enter text or copy and paste text into the text window and press the SayIt button. It doesn’t need any registration.
NOTE: don’t click the text area while playback, otherwise the playback will stop immediately. The service can speak up to 1000 characters at one time. The surplus text will be trimmed!
It also offers an option to create an audio link with a spoken text to embed it into an email, chat room, instant messenger or web site.
Curious about what your English sounds like? Vocaroo is a VERY EASY tool to use that allows anyone to record audio right onto the Vocaroo site and then it gives you a URL & embed code for your recording or the possibility to send it by mail- it only takes 3 clicks and there’s no sign-in! All you need is a microphone, if you have a laptop, there’s no need to have an extra mike.
1. Press the “Click to Record” button. You then press the Adobe Flash Player “Allow” button that pops up and recording begins. The recording quality is excellent.
2. To stop recording, you … um, well … press the “Click to Stop” button. Your recording is now ready for previewing. You can listen to the recording and if necessary, record it again.
3. Once you are satisfied, the final recording can be emailed (to the teacher, perhaps), posted on a blog or wiki using the provided HTML or link, or downloaded directly as a .WAV (Windows audio file).
Finally, our last but not least useful tool: Zamzar
… a popular and free online file conversion service, has added text to speech conversion. You can simply upload your input file in TXT, DOC, DOCX, EPS, PDF, RTF, WPD, WPS formats and covert it into an mp3 audio file. Zamzar has an upload limit of 100MB for files. Optionally you can also specify the URL of a web page. When you are not registered with Zamzar, it sends you a download link to the converted file to the email address provided in Step 3 of conversion.