Sound on Spellzone

Sound features in Spellzone use HTML5 audio, JavaScript and HTML5 speech synthesis.

Activities such as Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check, Listen and Spell and the Spellzone games use HTML5 speech synthesis. Spelling Course and Spelling Ability Test voices are recorded.

Quality of speech synthesis

Voice synthesis on Spellzone is generated in the browser and therefore the quality of the voice depends on the browser used. For the best voice quality we recommend using Google Chrome.

Speech synthesis is not working

If you can see a speaker icon below click on it to test speech synthesis:

If you cannot see the speaker icon above or hear the sounds first check your browser is updated. For a list of suggested browsers click here.

If your sound still doesn't work then check below that JavaScript is enabled.

Is JavaScript enabled?


If JavaScript is enabled and you can't hear the sounds we recommend using Google Chrome which will support all sounds used in Spellzone and we believe provides the best speech synthesis. Also check that your browser version is up to date. Check here for browsers that support speech synthesis.

Browsers may not play sound automatically and you may need to click on the icon to play the sound. This is a browser security feature and as you use Spellzone the sounds may later play automatically. This can occur on any platform but is more likely on mobile devices.

Still having problems with sound?

  • Check that your speakers are plugged in and switched on.
  • Click on the volume control (normally on the bottom right of the taskbar). The slider should be set to at least half-way.
  • Make sure the 'Mute' box on the volume control is unchecked.
  • If you are on an iPhone, ensure that the Silent switch is off (the Ring/Silent switch is on the left side of your iPhone)

Regional accents

We offer US and British voices. Select a different voice in My details.

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