Reading your paper out loud has a lot of benefits, but it presents a few challenges, too. It is very easy to read too quickly or to let your brain automatically “smooth over” mistakes, fill in missing words, and make little corrections without you ever becoming consciously aware that it’s happening.
If you don’t read exactly what is on the printed page, you won’t get an accurate sense of what is in your paper.
Here are some differences to keep in mind as you choose the best reader for you: While synthetic voices continue to improve, they will likely not sound completely natural to you.
But you may find that if you choose a favorite voice, you can get used to its intonation and pacing over time.
For native speakers of English (and some non-native speakers, too), reading out loud is one of the most powerful proofreading techniques around. What kind of impression will your voice in this paper make on a reader?
Sometimes sentences aren’t grammatically incorrect, but they are still awkward in some way—too long, too convoluted, too repetitive. Hearing your paper can also help you get a sense of whether the tone is right. Sometimes hearing your words helps you get a more objective sense of the impression you are creating—listening puts in you in something more like the position your reader will be in as he/she moves through your text.
You don’t have to be in the same room to do this—you could email a copy of your paper to your friend and ask him/her to call you and read to you over the phone.
You don’t necessarily need to recruit a friend to read to you.
For many people, the main reason for getting their computer to read to them is so they can listen to an audio output of a Microsoft Word file.
It helps give your eyes a break if you’re reading something that’s dozens of pages long. The app has its own built-in document reader called Speak; you don’t need to use your operating system’s native narrator.