Forvo’s New Year’s Resolutions

This week’s blog is dedicated to everyone who took time out of their day to tell us what we were doing right and what we can improve on. From all of your thoughts and comments, we have a lot to keep us busy in 2015:

1. Redesign Forvo
2. Create a better way to organize and search for words
3. Make Forvo more fun

I’m excited to share that we have a few projects in the pipeline that will tackle these points and will change the way you currently use Forvo. First we are incorporating your comments about Forvo’s look and feel to roll out a new version of Forvo. Like you, we think Forvo should be straightforward and easy to use. Second, we are working on a new “lists” feature where users will be able to create lists of words, and share them publicly or

A Better Mobile Experience

Forvo is a project born in the age of desktop computers so we have always lacked of a true mobile navigation. Furthermore, some features, as the recorder, are not really useful in the mobile environment due to background noise, abuses, etc. so we filled those gaps thanks to our mobile apps.

Last year, we finally made the audio player compatible with mobile devices and now we are releasing a better navigation and adapted content for them too.

There is still much work to do in the mobile space but we will keep improving it so you can use Forvo wherever you are.

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Better search results

Along with improvements in search results for both words and pronunciations we have added more ways to find the words you want.

First, maybe one of them most requested features: search for translations. When you search for a simple word like ‘house‘, ‘fish‘, ‘love‘, etc. we will show in the sidebar a new tab called ‘Translations’. There you can find that word translated into more than 40 languages, in the appropiate script of the language and with a Forvo pronunciation.

See an example: House translations.


Second, search in categories. Now you can search in the categories gathered in Forvo, almost 100,000 at this moment, so you could easily words related to ‘music‘, ‘cities‘, etc. Ideal to learn to pronounce words grouped by topics.

New projects powered by Forvo API

As a great ending to this terrific year in Forvo HQ, we are happy to announce two big new partners who are using Forvo pronunciations. Both are leaders in their languages:

Youdao Dictionary is the largest dictionary in China with more than 300 million people using their Apps.


Hiztegiak Elhuyar is the number one Basque dictionary and translator.


Welcome on board and thanks for counting on us.

Top pronunciations of 2013

Following ACGBueno’s tweet, here is the 2013 list.

1. denigrated
2. Chag Sameach
3. 把手拿回
4. djävligt
5. Karadayı
6. مهذبة
7. præstekonen
8. ムーン香奈
9. Geschke
10. Guillaume

Forvo covered in Spanish media

We are being overwhelmed these days with all the coverage in Spanish media. Here are a bunch of examples:

Informativos TVE

El PaísLa donostiarra Forvo, entre las 50 mejores webs, según ‘Time’
EitbLa revista ‘Time’ sitúa a la web ‘Forvo’ entre las 50 mejores del mundo
Diario VascoUna web donostiarra se sitúa entre las cincuenta mejores del mundo
El confidencialLa desconocida web española que ‘Time’ incluye entre las 50 mejores del mundo
NaizPara ‘Time’, la vasca Forvo está entre las 50 mejores web
Berria - Ahoskatzeen wikipedia
RTVECarta abierta 2.0
ABCForvo, la ‘Wikipedia’ de las pronunciaciones