What is a Talking Dictionary?
A Talking Dictionary takes the traditional paper dictionary to a whole new level. It
is an interactive online tool that digitally preserves words and phrases, and it
allows the user to hear high-quality audio recordings of words in their language,
as well as record and upload new content.
The tool is a powerful educational tool for communities that are trying to revitalize
their endangered languages. The online dictionary is programmed to be bilingual
so that speakers of the local dominant language can easily use it. It serves as a
resource to help fluent speakers teach their native language to a new generation
Talking Dictionaries help create visibility for minority languages on the Web. They
are a virtual space where speakers can go to listen to their language, no matter
where they are in the world. Take a minute to check out our Talking Dictionary
Portal, and our new site for the Talking Dictionaries of Latin America.
Why We Can Make a Difference
At the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages, we are a small and
dynamic team with a low overhead. We coordinate big long-term projects, such
as the Talking Dictionaries, on a modest budget. Supporting us is a great way to
support the creation of tools that will preserve threatened languages for future
generations of speakers. Donate Now.
Thanks to a Talking Dictionary, you can listen to forms of human speech that
you’ve never heard before, and get a further glimpse into the rich diversity of
languages spoken on our planet.
Check out our Talking Dictionary Portal:
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