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Want to read with your ears?

Speech synthesis, the potential to have digital text read out using a computerised voice, is now available to all students and staff at Södertörn University.

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Tortalk is simple to use and automatically turns the text on your screen to speech. It is an aid for reading e-books, articles, websites and your own texts. People with reading impairments may already be used to using speech synthesis, but the software is useful in more ways than this. Varying your reading helps you concentrate and increases flexible learning. Any student or staff member who wants to can download TorTalk free of charge.

Tortalk has different voices in around 20 languages. The software is also available in all the ICT suites on campus.

You’ll find information about how to download and install the software below, depending on your operating system. There are also instruction films to help you get started.

If you downloaded the software in the spring semester of 2020, you do not need to do this again, but you do need to update your licence key. You may keep the software after you finish studying, but will not be able to access new updates.

Read more about speech synthesis and how to download the software on the Study Support Unit's webpage.

TorTalk has a page for students: External link.

You can contact them at or via their website: External link, opens in new window.


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