At Forvo, we think everyone should be able to understand and be understood. As part of Forvo’s redesign, we will soon be debuting a new feature that will allow users to create and share lists. So not only will users be able to hear and pronounce names like a native speaker, but be able to easily share their own created lists among whomever they wish.
As a preview of what’s to come, we’ve put together native speaker pronunciations of some of the designers showing at NY Fashion week this week. Stay tuned for developments on this feature and others at Forvo.com
With the recents releases of Croatian, Hebrew, Armenian, Latvian and Norwegian, Forvo is now translated into 39 languages. We are very proud of this achievement, and we wanted to thanks again the team of volunteers who is helping us to grow this way.
We sadly announced that we are going to stop translations as new languages are smaller and harder to find volunteers in, and in the end… how many websites in the word are translated into 39 languages? I guess not so many, if so a couple of hundreds and Forvo is quite small in resources compared with Microsoft or Wikipedia.
But this doesn’t mean we have finished Forvo. More fun very soon.
We have just added a new language to the family: Bosnian.
New translations are not the only things we are working on but they are for sure the most attractive and visible ones. We hope to have ready soon more translations like Croatian, Basque, Norwegian or Hebrew.
One of the things that we love in Forvo is helping endangered languages to create a database of recordings for the future generations.
Recently we have contacted Bruce Birch from the Iwaidja Inyman project and they are starting to record some words in Iwaidja. Iwaidja is a language from Australia with just a few hundreds of native speakers.
We are still focused on the development of Forvo but this kind of projects can fit with no effort in our daily work, so if you know more like this, please forward them to Forvo so we can help them.
We are working on 10 more languages to release before the end of 2010, including Persian, Catalan, Romanian, Korean, Bulgarian, Turkish or Norwegian. If you feel you can help a bit on that you will be very welcome to the translation family.
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Three new languages available to browse Forvo, Danish, Hungarian and Hindi. The editors who have made this possible are Olfine, Detheltsort, Frankie, Komal_K, so thanks to them.
Maybe you think that we are only releasing new languages these days. Not at all!! :) We are almost done for the API final release. There are more than 40 developers pre-registered and we can´t wait to see what they have in mind to create with Forvo pronunciations.
And we are also readying a special tool that we hope you are going to love as much as we do. Prepared to be surprised.