Hey! I'm David, the creator of this site. The idea for Localingual came to me while I was on a backpacking trip through Europe.
I've always been fascinated by the different languages and cultures around the world - being raised bilingual made me appreciate
both the vast differences and subtle characteristics of human languages.
Around 3 months into my backpacking trip, I was wondering around in Ukraine while trying to learn a few words. As hard as I tried, I would butcher the simplest of phrases such as
"Good day" (Доброго дня). It was difficult to find Ukrainian vocals online, as it is not a widely spoken language, so I practiced
by making a few voices recordings of Ukrainians I befriended.
Soon afterwards, I had the idea to post the recordings I've made online in an appealing fashion, and Localingual was born!
My dream for this site is for it to become the Wikipedia of languages and dialects spoken around the world. For that, I'll need your help :).
Localingual is still in its infancy, so please help me improve the site by sending feedback/feature requests to firstname.lastname@example.org
PS: I'm currently homeless and jobless. Lemme know if you wanna hire a full-stack developer! email@example.com
Ok, not HOMELESS homeless, so I guess vagabonding homeless?
Why are you still scrolling? Go listen to more sounds on the site or something.
Fine, here's a cat gif since you've got nothing better to do:
And here's a picture of my ferret I had back when I was in Seattle
D'awwww, Audrey was so cute
Uhh....well this is getting awkward. Here's a joke?
What can think the unthinkable?
I mean, this is all moving so fast...my <body></body> can't handle your intense scrolling!
So. Congrats! You're visitor #1 to reach the bottom. Here's a trophy for you:
Please send all feature requests, bug reports, and other general inquiries to
Due to the popularity of localingual, web hosting/bandwidth costs have shot up to $40/day, which I'm currently paying out of pocket. A small donation will go a long way for this site.
My vision for localingual was always to be a non-profit, wikipedia-like tool, so I will avoids ads as much as possible.
Your voice has been uploaded!
Message about recording on iOS
Web-based voice recording on iOS (iPhone/iPad) is not not supported at this time .
Please use Chrome on an Android, Windows, or MacOS device.
Chrome and Safari on iOS both use WKWebView, which does not support WebRTC (more specifically, WebAudio).
Localingual utilizes WebAudio as one method to record sound directly from the browser. The other venue of sound recording
is through file upload (HTML5 Media Capture). Localingual uses the native browser function AudioContext.decodeAudioData
combined with Lamejs to extract the audio from mp4/mov video files and convert it to a mp3 blob all on the client side.
The design decision for this route, versus converting the video file on the server side, is because of the large file sizes and upload times
required to transfer the high-res video file to our server. With this method, we run into a roadblock with iOS due a bug with AudioContext.decodeAudioData being unable
to decode mov/mp4 files. Anyway, if you have any ideas for how to get around these recording issues on iOS (please don't suggest Flash or Java), please let us know!