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Help on recording

Check this page for updates on common problems.

1. Microphone

First of all, you need a microphone to record. A webcam can do the job, because most of them have a mic attached. Do you have one? If so, go to step 2. If you don't, we recommend you get one to use Forvo to its fullest potential!

2. Allow

The Flash application we use to record has some options to protect your privacy. Before you can record you need to allow this application to access your microphone. Take a look at the image below.


3. Record

It's time to pronounce. Click on the "Rec" button and start talking. You have 2.5 seconds to complete your pronounciation. That's long enough for most of the words and names in any language.


After 2.5 seconds, a button will appear and automatically play your recording. You can replay it as many times as you want to make sure it's complete and sounds good. Record again if you are not satisfied.


4. Send pronunciation

After every recording, the "send pronunciation" button is set as active. You can now click to send it.


5. Tips

If you don't want to be bothered by the privacy screen every time you want to record, right-click (ctrl-click) on the recorder and choose "settings". In the Privacy tab (usually the first one) select "remember" along with "allow". You can change this setting whenever you want.


6. Not working?

If you can't record or doesn't sound anything maybe you need to turn up your microphone volume. To do so right-click (ctrl-click) on the recorder and choose "settings". In the Microphone tab (the one with a microphone) you'll see a slider to turn it up. Try a level that enables you to record and also doesn't make much noise or distortion.

For more information visit the Adobe website

7. Suggestions for pronouncing

- Speak at a normal pace
- Pronounce a phrase or name as you would in regular speech without hesitation or rising tone
- You don't need to repeat