Forvo.com is a website where native speakers submit pronunciation of words.

The audio data is under the BY-NC-SA license.

I can't find any obvious place to download the whole data.

There is an API, but it only allows 500 requests/day, which means I would need 15 years to download the 2,740,170 pronunciations.

Where to download the whole data?

This is for use in an open source app from which I don't get any money, so my budget is zero.

  • This page indicates it is a paid service. api.forvo.com/plans-and-pricing Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 14:25
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    I would chip in to buy a month subscription of the Corporate level API, providing that the data can legally be released as a bulk download (with attribution).
    – philshem
    Commented Oct 29, 2014 at 15:12
  • @philshem: This is for use in my open source app AnkiDroid, so budget is zero. It is not clear whether the license for Corporate Plan is Creative Commons-based or not, and in particular whether it allows redistribution or not.
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 3:11
  • api.forvo.com says Commercial and Corporate levels allow commercial use.
    – philshem
    Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 20:07
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    I just noticed they actually advertise the non-profit tier (2$ per month) for use with Anki - For academic and individual use with Anki, GoldenDict etc
    – philshem
    Commented Feb 25, 2018 at 20:43

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I guess because it's part of Anki, it's somewhat related, but I just stumbled on this

A half-automatic Forvo Downloader

  1. You select the field you want the audio to go into and press an editor button or keyboard shortcut.

  2. The addon will open the relevant forvo.com page in your web browser.

  3. You decide on one or more pronunciations and download them the regular way in your web browser.

  4. The addon will automatically pick up the files from your web browser's downloads directory and insert them into the field.

Source code: https://github.com/yunidatsu/anki-forvodl

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