Languages & Origins in Europe:  Phonetics Database







Languages and ‘Dialects’ of Europe


Listen & Compare Online


Welcome to our recordings database. 

To play any of the sounds, just glide your mouse over any of the phonetic transcriptions in blue

(or click on them if necessary).  Test it out on these ones:  “That’s !”




— the word five in the ‘dialects’ of Northern Italy —


Where do all these pronunciations come from?  Read on to click through to our full tables …

(If you can’t hear anything, click for help on how best to view these pages.)



Which Words?  Which Languages?


   For each language and accent we cover, we record how the same one hundred words are pronounced in that language.

   The words are basic vocabulary such as hand, eye, water, moon, cold, green, is, sing, the numbers one to ten, etc.. 


   Our database will cover about a hundred regional languages and ‘dialects’ from across Europe. 

   (If you’d like to see your own regional language included, go to our page for Contributors.)


   Languages are grouped by the language family they belong to:  Romance, Germanic, Slavic or Celtic. 

   To switch from one family to another, click on a language family name in the navigation column to the left. 

   English, for example, is a Germanic language, so you’ll find it under the Germanic link. 

   The dialects of Italy, meanwhile, are under the Romance link, and so on.



Go To Our Recordings Tables…


These pages are our first demonstration version of this database.  So far (Feb. 2007) it includes just these few language samples as illustrations — click on the links:


· Germanic languages and ‘dialects’
UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, Benelux, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, etc.

· sister website with more detail on regional accents of English

· ‘dialects’ of northern Italy   (Romance family)

· coming next (Spring 2008):  
  Spain and southern France

many more to come…





Problems Hearing Our Sound Files?

If you still can’t hear anything even when you click on our blue sound links, or if a separate music player window keeps popping up, then you may have to adjust some settings for sound playback on your computer — see our full help page for details.