Immersive Reader is one of Microsoft’s OneNote learning tools designed to help ESL readers and those with learning and physical disabilities that make it hard to read. So, it’s only natural that the text-to-speech feature be made a part of the tool. Chances are that you already have this functionality. If you want to add new languages to it, here are step-by-step instructions on how to download voices for Immersive Reader:
Step 1: Assuming that you are using Windows 10, go to “Start” and then click on “Settings” from the menu.
Step 2: In the window that opens, you will find the “Time and Language” option. Click on it and you will see another window.
Step 3: The option “Region and Language” will be to your left-hand side. Click on this button.
Step 4: In the “Languages” section, you will see the option for Windows Display Language, which is set to English (United States) by default. But, you can override it and install additional languages. Click on the option that reads “Add a language”.
Step 5: A dropdown menu will appear with a bunch of language options. Take a look at the three icons at the bottom of the page. A language that is available for text-to-speech will have the icon of the feature next to it. Ditto for the two other features, i.e. handwriting and speech recognition.
Step 6: Once you have selected the language, click on the “next” button to get to the installation page.
Step 7: Click the install button to get all the features of the language.
You can also change the voice for the language by clicking on the “Speech” button on the left-hand side menu. You get the option of male and female voices and you can hear what your pick sounds like by clicking on the “preview” button. You can also change the speed at which the spoken word is relayed.