FLP5: World's Largest Pronunciation Guide (Free) - Interview with Ian Cowley of Forvo

Discover the world’s largest pronunciation guide (it’s free!)

Forvo is a massively-useful resource for language learners at all levels who want to improve pronunciation and truly sound like a native speaker. The website has literally millions of recordings of words by native speakers in over 300 languages!

Background on Forvo

In 2008, Forvo was founded with the mission of improving spoken communication across cultures by creating a platform where users could share pronunciations of words in their native language and listen to words pronounced by other native speakers.

Today, Forvo is the largest online reference for pronunciations with a database of over 3 million words pronounced in 325 languages – all created and maintained by native speakers.

Forvo continues to work toward its mission as a go-to reference for authentic and veritable word pronunciations through over 116 million site visits annually and over 400,000 registered users.

In 2013, Forvo was included in Time Magazine’s “50 Best Websites of the Year.”


Hear how native speakers in specific locations pronounce words

You can use this awesome database to, for example, learn how a Spanish speaker in Colombia says a word versus a Spanish speaker in Spain. In other words, you can get really specific with the exact region and accent you want to learn and hear examples of words spoken by people from that area of the world!

API for online dictionaries, language learning apps & websites

Projects interested in leveraging this amazing resource are able to link up with Forvo to work out a way to make things happen in a good way all around.

Free access

Forvo is free to use for language learning and teaching!

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