From text to speech

Did you know that you can use apps on your mobile phone or on a website which transform any text you suggest to them into a speech ? Some websites even provide an .mp3 file which you can download. Most of the time, you can change the voice, and the accent as well. It’s not always convincing in a general manner, but at least it gives you a precise rendition of how each word should be pronounced.

I think these may be precious tools to help you improve the quality of your oral expression, and even your listening comprehension.

Here are a few examples :

For trial :

More developed free version : 

Another website :

On this one, you can get an MP3 too :

For your phone (Android…) :

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Student arrested because of something he wrote in an assignment

A 16-year-old student from Summerville, South Carolina, was arrested on his second day at school because he wrote something unusual in a paper he gave to his teacher.

After his teacher read what he had written (“I killed my neighbor’s pet dinosaur”), he had the school call the police but not his parents. The teenager was arrested last Tuesday, and the police searched his bag and locker, looking for a gun, but they didn’t find any.

Can you imagine being arrested by the police on your second day at school !?


A very expensive status update

A teenager updated her status on Facebook. It cost her dad 80 000 $. 80 000 $ !!!??

Facebook homepage

Her dad had won a case in court, and an 80 000 $ settlement. She mentioned it in her status on Facebook. By doing this, she broke the confidentiality clause imposed on her father.

What she wrote : “Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.”

Yes, that was enough. Bye bye vacations… Hello angry parents…

Conclusion : Be very careful about what you share on Facebook, as you are not sharing it only with your friends, but also with *the world*…