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Dear Readers,

Have you seen our numbers lately? Forvo is nearing an important milestone by closing in on 3 million pronunciations on its site, and we canğt wait to hear what the 3 millionth word will be. Will it be a wild card out of the Pashto section? Or perhaps another ”˜helloğ greeting us from afar? Here are our theories:

Theory 1: Merry Christmas — see our post from Most Pronounced Words of 2014. If statistics mean anything, our money is on some translation of yuletide well-wishing.

Theory 2: Happy New Year in Bengali — Holidays are always a strong contender, and the Bengali New Year is only a few weeks away. Plus, you have over 245 million people in Bengal- case in point.

Theory 3: Expletives — ”˜Mierdağ seems most likely since it hits close to home and there are already 31 ways to pronounce it in Forvo, but perhaps a user from a far off country we will enlighten us with their translation of poop in one of the other 323 languages we host on Forvo.

horse15 copyTheory 4: A horse with a weird name — Does anyone know why racing horses have such odd names?

Theory 5: (Something involving a current event) As so much of what we search for online is in the moment, this is probably the strongest theory out of the five. But what the future will bring, who knows.

Those are some of our guesses – what are yours?

Fashion Week 2015, Pronounced

 Photo: Peter Duhon

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 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 ”˜Timeğ
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

Best Free Reference Web Sites of 2012

Forvo has been selected as one of the MARS Best Free Reference Web Sites of 2012. MARS is the “MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference” section of the Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association (ALA).

Voted for by member librarians from around the United States, Forvo is one of 26 web pages to be recognized by MARS this year as an outstanding site for reference information and is included in the list of MARS Best of Free Reference Web Sites of 2012

Promt teams with Forvo

Promt, creator of popular translation services has teamed up with Forvo adding Forvo pronunciations into their translation software. This is the first translation service that is powered by Forvo native speakers giving the users the real pronunciation of more than 1,000,000 words in 200 languages.

This new service is backed up by the revamped Forvo API. More than 1,000 developers are also using Forvo API for other interesting projects.

Promt Press release in Russian.