CultureGrams: Foreign Language Audio Preview

Some of the CultureGrams editors just got back from Washington, DC, where we saw cherry blossoms, enjoyed the relative cleanliness of the metro, and ate really, really good Eritrean food.



More importantly, we logged miles on our feet, walking up and down embassy row in order to record audio files of native speakers saying common words and phrases from their home countries.


We got dozens of recordings, covering languages like Croatian, Marshallese, South Korean, Tagalog, and more! We’re still in the earliest stages of development on this feature, and as you can imagine, gathering unique content from natives for every country in the world takes a lot of time. But we thought you’d enjoy the preview below as we continue our work on this project.

Jamaica: Can you Say It in Jamaican English?

Hello Whah gwaan
Good-bye Lay-tah
Please Please
Thank you Tanks
Yes Yeh
No Nua

Japan: Greetings

The greetings Japanese use depend on the relationship. A worker might greet a superior with (Good morning), but he or she would greet a customer with Irasshaimase (Welcome). When business representatives meet for the first time, they may tell each other Hajimemashite (Nice to meet you). Between business representatives, the exchange of business cards (offered and accepted with both hands) most often accompanies a greeting. Yoroshiku onegaishimasu (Please consider me favorably) is a common phrase said at the outset of group activities such as a sports match or the beginning of a work project. Konnichiwa (“Hello” or “Good day”) is a standard greeting. Ohayou (an informal “Good morning”) and Genki? (How’s it going?) are common casual greetings among youth.

We hope you have as much fun listening to these accents and languages as we did recording them!

Rachel Ligairi

Rachel Ligairi

I'm a CultureGrams editor who covers the Americas and Sub-Saharan Africa.
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