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SpeechSynthesis: speaking property

The speaking read-only property of the SpeechSynthesis interface is a boolean value that returns true if an utterance is currently in the process of being spoken — even if SpeechSynthesis is in a paused state.


A boolean value.


const synth = window.speechSynthesis;

const utterance1 = new SpeechSynthesisUtterance(
  "How about we say this now? This is quite a long sentence to say."
const utterance2 = new SpeechSynthesisUtterance(
  "We should say another sentence too, just to be on the safe side."


const amISpeaking = synth.speaking; // will return true if utterance 1 or utterance 2 are currently being spoken


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speaking 33 14 49 No 21 7 No 33 62 No 7 3.0

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