Forvo is a free online service that helps you find out how words are pronounced in any of the 330+ languages the service supports.
Forvo is a community-powered website that brings together people from all over the world who use the site to learn how to pronounce certain words or phrases, and provide it with new native language pronunciations.
The site claims that it maintains the largest online pronunciation database with over 4 million pronounced words in over 330 different languages.
Side Note: The top five languages in regards to the size of the database may surprise users: German, Tatar, Russian, English and Japanese. You do find large databases for popular languages such as Chinese, Italian, Spanish, French, or Portuguese as well on the site.
If you just want to know how something is pronounced you simply type the word or phrase in the search form on the start page and activate the search button to have results returned to you.
The search results page lists languages the word is known in as well as available pronunciations and, if available, phrases the word or phrase is used in. You may also get translations, a map view, and options to provide your own pronunciation, request a better one, or suggest modifications to add languages, add categories, or report errors.
You hear the recording of native speakers when you click on the play button and logged in users may cast votes (good or bad), share it, and even download it as a mp3 to the local system.
You may explore languages on Forvo to find out more about the language system, get the list of the most popular pronunciations, or explore words based on categories such as traveling, body, greetings and apologies, or colors and numbers.
The category pages list popular and important words and phrases. If you select Everyday Phrases for example, phrases such as "Where are we meeting", "Do you speak English", or "What's Up" are listed, the foreign language translation, and an option to play a sound file to listen to native speakers pronouncing it.
Users who like the service can check out words pending pronunciations to improve it further. An account is needed to provide pronunciations but the recording tools needed are available on-site.
Forvo is a great web service that helps anyone who speaks a foreign language or wants to learn a foreign language improve pronunciation. The reliance on native speakers, and not machine learning and algorithms, ensures that you get accurate "real-life" pronunciations whenever you use the service.
You don't need an account to listen to pronunciations on the site; that is great. Forvo can be a great asset for anyone who speaks a foreign language and is not yet fluent in it, or is just curious about other languages.
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