“How to…” Boils Down to Simply “How”

What is the essence of instruction? We could debate that for hours. But the fact is, you still have to choose how to create your instructional materials.

Maybe the secret is, if there is a secret, is to simply focus on “How”.


Making Your Writing Sound Natural Using Text-to-Speech Software

If you want to make your writing sound natural, then the best way is to hear it read to you out-loud. Trying to do it yourself may suffice, for a while. But eventually you realize that hearing it from outside yourself makes it clearer and then you can concentrate only on the natural sounds of your wording.

But how do you do that?

In another article on this blog, I introduced a free program called Balabolka. It is a very nice, little text-to-speech program that uses your computer’s built-in voices to read text back to you. You can hear the text and immediately edit it to make it sound right. Repeat as often as you wish because the program never gets tired, unlike I do reading my own words. 😦

You can even export the audio file and send it as an email attachment. How about using it as an audio version of your blog articles?

Be creative and let this free software make you a better writer.

Free Software Helps in Overcoming Reading and Pronunciation Problems

Learning to read is an essential and major aspect of your child’s education. Not everyone is going to have an easy go of it. For those who struggle at first, this is something that can make it easier and fun.

Balabolka is an excellent text-to-speech program that you can download for free.

Start by putting in any text and Balabolka will read it to you. The program high-lights each word as it slowly reads it out loud. You control the speed and you can repeat as often as you wish.

Now your student can see and hear the words to help them with their pronunciation.

Remember to make it fun by using interesting stories and articles that the student will want to read and hear read.

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