Transliterations now available

February 9, 2017

We've created a new feature on Forvo in order to help our users find authentic native pronunciations for words which are written in other alphabets.

Transliteration is the conversion of a text from one script to another. For example, a Latin transliteration of the Greek phrase "Ελληνική Δημοκρατία", usually translated as 'Hellenic Republic', is "Ellēnikḗ Dēmokratía".

On Forvo, we've set up transliterations from the Latin alphabet to the Cyrillic alphabet, and vice versa. We are looking to add more alphabets soon.

As an example, try searching for the pronunciation of the word Vladimir Putin using the latin script. You'll see that the word will automatically be transliterated into Владимир Путин, the Cyrillic version.  You'll also notice the message "You searched for "Vladimir Putin". We've found transliterations which coincide with this word in "Russian".

By implementing this feature, we can ensure that the pronunciation you see in the search results has been recorded by an authentic Russian speaker. For the moment transliteration is only available for name pronunciations, but in time we hope to expand this to all words and alphabets.

Go on, test it out and let us know what you think by email or on Twitter.