Category Archives: Pronunciation

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Awards season on Forvo

We can always tell it's awards season on Forvo when all of a sudden a select bunch of names start getting a lot of traffic. With the Golden Globes kicking off the annual glam fest this week we've seen a lot of requests hitting names...


January 10, 2017

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Hunker down it's hygge time

Yes folks, it's that time of year again - at least for those of us who live in northern climes. With Christmas and New Year celebrations a fading memory, the sudden realisation that yes, it's still dark and cold outside and yes, there...


January 4, 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Fàilte Sophie! Forvo welcomes a Celtic visitor

We were hugely honoured to have a visit from Sophie Stephenson to the Forvo offices this week. Scottish dancer Sophie is Gaelic artist in residence in the Basque Country as part of the Tosta 2016 project . Tosta is a pan-European...


June 2, 2016

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Forvo pronunciations now available on Ikusle.com

We’re proud to announce that we’ve teamed up with our friends at Ikusle to offer Forvo pronunciations on their newly-launched website. The pronunciation guide is available across the whole of ikusle.com . To listen to word...


May 10, 2016

Is it a noun or a verb? You decide!

Can you tell the difference between nouns and verbs in English simply by listening to the way they're pronounced? Try our quiz below to find out.     Is it a noun, is it a verb? Test your English pronunciation Some...


May 10, 2016