iPhone and iPAD both have a build-in “text to speak” function. It is originally designed for visually impaired people, but I found it very helpful for kids when they are reading a book or anything on iPAD or iPhone. What does the function do? When the function is triggered, the iPAD/iPhone will read the text you highlighted aloud to you. The highlighted part could be a single word, a sentence, or a paragraph. When kids run into an unfamiliar word, they not only need know the meaning of the word, they also need know how to read the word. Since the build-in dictionaries don’t have voice, this “text to speak” function can be very handy.
By default, the function is off. Turning on the function is very easy.
1. Go to Setting, then General, then Accessibility.
2. Unde vision, tap Speak Selection.
3. Turn Speak Selection to ON
4. Adjust Speaking Rate. The default rate is very fast, more than likely you want to slide the rate a little closer towards the turtle.
Now you have the function on.
When you need the function, simply highlight the text like you are going to copy the text. Tap on the Speak button, you will hear the text being read to you.