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Wordlists are at the core of language protection. LinguaLibre has a dedicated namespace to store and document lists. For how to on how to process lists, see Help:Main.


See Help:Create your own lists
  1. Find or create an open source wordlist
  2. Format it so each line has one single item, be it a word or phrase. Prefixes # or * are valid.
  3. Create a wikipage with name List:{iso-639-3}/{topic's_title} (ex: List:Fra/Fruits).
    • {iso-639-3} : see your language article in Wikipedia, the iso_639-3 code will be in the infobox.
      For generalities on the matter, see[1]
    • {topic's_title} : topic's title, in target language or English.

Example : [[List:eng/legendary_creatures]]

# dragon
# unicorn
# dahu
# phoenix
# centaur
# pegasus

To start recording, copy the wordlist above 'Source' into the recording studio.

Collaboration policies

  • Lists can be expanded, edited, replaced, moved.
  • If on same language, same topic : add the author's name.
  • It is recommended to create lists with a reasonable number of words for two reasons :
    • It makes it easier for speakers to exclude words from a list and then have a break and finally start with the second list without having to exclude the same words again.


Public domain, MIT, GPL, GNU, open Creative commons (cc-by, cc-by-sa) and variations are acceptable.

Access wordlists

Open frequency lists online

As of 2018, a large amount of open source wordlists are available online for most major languages.

SPARQL-based lists

For tutorial, see Help:Create your own lists#Generate_lists from queries

LinguaLibre provides SPARQL queries to generate wordlists based on the nearly 300 wikipedias.

Hand editing wordlists

For tutorial, see Help:Create your own lists

Wordlists copyrights are rather lose. Exact copy of copyrighted dictionaries indexes or wordlists is forbidden. But a new wordlist made from several sources by picking up individuals words, which are not individually copyrighted, is itself your own work.

Datamining by yourself

For tutorial, see Help:How to create a frequency list?

Taking as input a list of text files in the target language (aka "written corpus"), it is possible, for many languages, to create wordlists via terminal and bash commands. Expect half a day of work. Depending on the language, this can present different challenges : East Asian language don't have spaces marking clear word separation, other languages have rich agglomerative behaviors so meaningful roots get diluted. For these, more NLP or hand editing is required.

List of lists

  • Help:Swadesh -- renowed serie of basic 207 words (English), existing in about one hundred languages.
  • List:IPA/letters -- IPA sounds, volunteer speaker with mastery over the whole range wanted !

Many other lists are moved here. Once moved into the List:... namespace, the list is available and suggested when recording.

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