Date Archives: 2016

31f142dc508f3748afe968d125b60a57_thumbnail.jpg

Most pronounced words of 2016

Forvo, the world's largest pronunciation dictionary, has released its list of the most pronounced words of 2016 and it's a double celebration for the city of Leicester. Not only did their team win the English Premier League for the first...


December 16, 2016

fd595a8130f862350233449c0c110282_thumbnail.png

Language number 340 on Forvo

Hot on the heels of the fantastic news that we reached 4 million pronunciations , Forvo has hit a new landmark with the addition of language number 340. Saraiki is a language spoken in the southern half of the province of Punjab in Pakistan...


November 23, 2016

04ae32d31e1f1c9fcc6347009063f923_thumbnail.jpg

4 million pronunciations!

It seems like yesterday when we were celebrating reaching the landmark figure of 3 million pronunciations on Forvo. Just over a year later, we're now on 4 million. That's testimony to how much we've grown in the past year and...


November 18, 2016

d3e82a205f6ba0bee344d66cea593e78_thumbnail.jpg

In Varietate Concordia

As those of you who use Forvo regularly will know, there are some words that can be pronounced in the same way as other words in other languages but have a completely different meaning. Think of gato (cat) in Spanish and gâteau (cake) in...


November 17, 2016

972633e50652a5137c79b1fbd2a17b07_thumbnail.jpg

Are you saying Clinton and Trump correctly?

You might think it's an easy question to answer, but there certainly appear to be variations in the way people pronounce the surnames of the US presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Some speakers will pronounce the...


November 7, 2016

da1b4bc8227ab592d7b3fc799e8771da_thumbnail.jpg

Learn Halloween pronunciations on Forvo

Have you ever wondered how to say 'Samhain' - the the Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season? The pagan festival of Samhain is said to be the origin of modern-day Halloween. What about Ouija? Do you know how to pronounce...


October 31, 2016

d777bda6e5f7579902e06075f1657097_thumbnail.jpg

We've gone football mad on Forvo!

Some of you may have noticed that recently we've gone a bit football crazy on Forvo. We see a lot of requests for the correct pronunciation of sportspeople's names on the site. Football, or soccer for those of you in the US, is a...


October 17, 2016

0ecb1827c317b1fb0600b990dccb0b5b_thumbnail.jpg

Forvo presents language guides at Atlantikaldia

We had the huge pleasure of taking part in the Atlantikaldia Festival in Errenteria last weekend. For four days the Basque town was turned into a meeting place of cultures from around the world, with a special focus on the music, languages...


September 26, 2016

0580996d63fc42a8df57f8fcb551cd82_thumbnail.png

New feature! eLearning comes to Forvo

Those of you who use Forvo regularly know that learning a language gives you the ability not only to communicate better, but also to learn, enjoy and interact with others. Former South African president Nelson Mandela once said, “Without...


September 19, 2016

4104a4b7f79ff2758523b28053e64a64_thumbnail.png

How well do you know British and Irish accents?

Can you tell the difference between a Somerset accent and a Cornish accent? What about Cockney or Estuary English? Test your knowledge in the fun quiz below which has been put together by travel firm Expedia. The quiz challenges you to identify...


September 13, 2016

21403313e4be486213b21fbff19aafba_thumbnail.jpg:large (1)

Join Forvo at Atlantikaldia 2016!

We're delighted to announce our participation at the Atlantikaldia Festival in the Basque town of Errenteria on the 24th and 25th of September this year. We will be running a series of workshops which will allow you to discover all 339...


September 12, 2016

6241598baf45cc39a5286b4ace293654_thumbnail.jpg

Gotta pronounce 'em all!

Here at Forvo we've been getting into the Pokémon Go spirit. With the mobile augmented reality game hitting the world by storm, it's hard to go anywhere without bumping into someone attempting to catch one of the little blighters....


August 24, 2016

053a95e0bb911932b91a31c0d363547f_thumbnail.jpg

The Pronunciation Olympics on Forvo

We're getting into the Olympic spirit at Forvo with the release of a series of pronunciation guides for Rio 2016. The guides, which you can find here , are designed to help people learn to pronounce some of the tricky names of athletes...


August 12, 2016

67975f510da7d5be92cddf8dc8db0123_thumbnail.jpg

How do you pronounce Payet, Błaszczykowski and Griezmann?

Euro 2016 has sparked a lot of interest in Forvo, with many of our users trying to find out how to pronounce the names of the some of the continent's top footballers. The top three requested pronunciations for the month of June were the...


July 8, 2016

963be28df95ce8ce735ae9552e0a1da8_thumbnail.jpg

New on Forvo - Certificates!

At Forvo we believe that selfless collaboration between people is a really important value in our society and it should be a source of satisfaction and pride to be able to demonstrate that collaboration. With this in mind and by way of...


June 15, 2016

ea2ae1e5b07389e6d8e2e1e1791380a0_thumbnail.jpg

How to pronounce Muguruza, Kruijswijk and Hiroshima

The month of May generally brings some nice weather to Europe, and with it the start of lots of sporting action. Two recent big events catching the eye have been the French Open tennis tournament and the Italian Giro - one of cycling's...


June 7, 2016