If you prefer talking instead of typing – try Speechtexter

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Today we’ll learn about a free service that let’s you talk into your computer, and have those words made into a document.

 

Since I type on my computer keyboard all the time, I’m able to type pretty quickly. I haven’t measured my typing speed lately but I do okay. Which is kind of funny, since I absolutely despised typing class in high school.

But here is something that’s true for me, and probably for almost anyone: you can talk faster that you can type.

So if you would prefer to just talk to your computer and have it translate your spoken words into digital words (such as in a document, a blog post, etc), the Speechtexter service let’s you do that.

And they make it pretty easy. If you go to Speechtexter.com, you’ll see a pretty obvious button right in the middle of the page that says “Start dictating”:

start dictating

 

When you click that, you’re immediately presented with a big white space, similar to a blank document. Then you can tap the ESC key on your keyboard, and start talking (assuming you have a microphone connected to the computer, or that you’re using the laptop’s built-in mic).

start talking

 

This is when you’ll want to start experimenting. Just say a few words and watch them appear on the screen. When I played with it, it didn’t really seem odd since I often speak into my phone to dictate a text message. It’s just much faster than typing it on my phone.

One of the big conveniences with Speechtexter is that you can also say what punctuation you want to use. There’s a chart just to the right of white area that lists what the program recognizes:

punctuation

 

And when you’re all done and all your words are on the screen, you can click the Download icon in the top right corner, and choose whether or not you want to download it as a plain text file (.txt) or as a Word document (.doc). And now you have literally spoken something into existence!

I think the way I would be most likely to use this is if I have a long letter or document that is in print form, and I need to get it into digital form. So I could just read the document into SpeechTexter, then save it. Would you use this online service? What kind of situation could you imagine it being a handy tool? Let me know in the comments below.

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dochales
May 12th, 2020

wonderful resource thank you Scott

jim duffy
May 12th, 2020

Great article Scott.

My wife used to be an avid reader and now she has advanced dementia, and has a very hard time reading. I was wondering if you’ve ever heard of “immersion” reading, which highlights the text that is being read while an audio component reading the text outloud.

I was wondering if you are aware of any software programs that can turn ebooks into immersion format?

Keep up the good work.

Regards,
Jim Duffy

Scott Johnson
May 12th, 2020

Never heard of anything like that Jim. Maybe someone else who sees this has some insight.