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Audio files are contributed by volunteers

  • If a sentence doesn't yet have audio, it's because nobody has recorded one for us.
  • If you would like to help by recording audio, please read the instructions below.

How to contribute audio (The short and simple version)

  • Record two or three audio files and send them to team@tatoeba.org so we can check the audio quality.
    • In the email message, tell us your username
  • One of us will write back to you.
  • The best way to record for us is to use the Shtooka Recorder (See bit.ly/shtooka.)
  • If you do not read English well, you do not need to carefully read the rest of this page.

How to contribute audio (Details)


  • You must have a good microphone because sound quality is important.
  • You should only record audio in your strongest (native) language.

Send us samples

  1. Pick a few random sentences (just two or three), record them, and send us the samples at team@tatoeba.org. This way we can evaluate whether the sound quality is good enough.
  2. Use the following subject for your email: Audio for Tatoeba in [language_name].
  3. We will contact you back as soon as possible to let you know if you can continue recording.

Make a list of sentences to record

  • If your audio is good enough, you can either create your own list of sentences to record, or use the list that we sent you.
  • If you wish to create your own list:
    • Create a list on Tatoeba and add to it all the sentences you'd like to record.
    • Download the list. On the download page, make sure to select the Shtooka record file format.
  • If you choose to use the list that we sent you:
    • Verify that the sentences sound natural to you and do not have any mistake.
    • If a sentence doesn't sound natural or has a mistake, remove it from the list. Do NOT record audio for a sentence that has a mistake.
    • We would appreciate that you also post a comment on the sentence on Tatoeba so that the sentence can be corrected.
    • Also, if there are any sentences that you do not feel comfortable recording (because they are too vulgar for instance), simply remove them from the list.

Record audio

  • If you are a Windows user, we recommend that you use Shtooka Recorder. It will allow you to get things done more quickly. You can read CK's Shtooka Recorder page for more instructions.
  • If you can't use the Shtooka Recorder, see CK's page explaining how you can use Audacity.
  • If you are a Linux user, you can use swac-recorder, but we do not have detailed instructions for it. Audactiy seems to be the better choice.
  • We prefer to get the full-quality audio files, so we can convert them into MP3 files ourselves for online and archive the full-quality audio for possible future higher-quality encoding methods.

Upload audio

  • Tatoeba doesn't provide a way for audio contributors to upload directly their audio to the website. You will have to upload your audio somewhere else (for instance Dropbox, or Google Drive).
  • Send us the link to download your audio. We will then upload them to the website as soon as possible.

Need help?

If you need additional help, please contact CK via a private message, and he will try to help you.


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