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VOA pronunciation sound filesEdit

Voice of America has a great pronunciation guide with sound files for 2200 hard-to-pronounce names, places, etc. The sound files are PD as US govt works. These would be great additions to many Wikipedia articles. The pronunciation guide is here. These would need to be downloaded, converted to OGG, and uploaded. Thoughts? Calliopejen1 (talk) 18:41, 12 September 2010 (UTC)


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User:Smallman12q Commons:Bots/Requests/Smallbot 9 User:Smallbot

It looks like there are ~6500 entries under "list lookup". The sounds seem to be good. The conversion could easily be done with ffmpeg. The mp3's don't seem to be more than 15kb, so the total upload would be around a hundred MB. In addition to the mp3, their is information on name, country, country, pronunciation, and notes which could be used to categorize them. Provided the entries are indeed PD, they could be easily batch uploaded. For naming, you could use VOA-name.Smallman12q (talk) 23:44, 27 December 2010 (UTC)

How u really can say the are PD-VOA? Who are the authors? I'd upload theme with PD-Treshhold of Originality
i can confirm that they are the work of a VOA employee. with the rollout of the improved voa-pronunciation-guide-reimagined-for-2013/ , we could confirm with an otrs email. [1] use "PD-USGov-VOA" and Category:VOA pronunciation Slowking4†@1₭ 21:40, 30 April 2013 (UTC)
I've filed a BRFA at Commons:Bots/Requests/Smallbot 9.Smallman12q (talk) 20:50, 2 May 2013 (UTC)
Great. A regular refresh is a good idea. I've been in touch with the maintainers of the list; they are indeed PD-VOA. --SJ+ 23:08, 12 May 2013 (UTC)