Is there any downloadable open database of English words pronunciation in audio format?


Wikimedia Commons currently offers more than 20.000 sound files with English pronunciation, around 1.500 of those with British English pronunciation. All of them are published under an open license.

Unfortunately, there are currently no dumps of the media files available. However, there is a page that explains how to reuse the content outside of Wikimedia.

As an alternative, there is Forvo. Their audio files are licensed under the more restrictive (and not entirely open-data-compliant) CC BY-NC-SA license. On the other hand, they do offer an API.

  • @Thanks. These page lingoes.net/en/translator/speech.htm provides some Natural Voice Packages. Do you know they are legal of not? – PHPst Jul 1 '13 at 17:04
  • @PHPst Lingoes' natural voice packages look very, very shady. If it's just for your personal use, they should be fine. However, if you plan to release them in any way, I'd give them a wide berth. – Patrick Hoefler Jul 1 '13 at 19:45
  • Thanks. Unfortunately I could not find a way to download Wikimedia or Forvo files. Also instead of downloading if I could get a direct link for every file via a API it will be enough for me. – PHPst Aug 18 '13 at 6:11

Take a look at Project SHTOOKA


Maybe the Macmillan Dictionary API can help you

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