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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!

NPR Transcripts with Audio in eLibrary

If you have done much searching in eLibrary, you probably knowtranscripts icon that there are eight media types available and that one of these is transcripts. Our collection of transcripts includes material from TV, radio, congressional hearings and other great sources, and among the best is the news, commentary, interviews and arts content from National Public Radio. The kicker is that most of the NPR transcripts have an embedded audio player that allows you to hear the original audio. This is a great way to have a more immersive experience and to feel the power of the spoken word in context.

The NPR programs that include embedded audio are:

(These links go to the publication issue browse for each title.)
All Things Considered

Fresh Air
Morning Edition
NPR Special
News and Notes with Ed Gordon
Talk of the Nation
Talk of the Nation Science Friday
TED Radio Hour
Tell Me More
Weekend All Things Considered
Weekend Edition
Weekend Edition – Saturday
Weekend Edition – Sunday

Currently, Here and Now does not have audio.

Just click on the speaker icon below the title and an audio player will open. Note that this embedded audio is from the actual program and should not be confused with the ReadSpeaker text-to-speech capability that is available with all documents.

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