Create account and preparation
Step 1: Create an account
The sounds recorded on Lingua Libre will be uploaded on Wikimedia Commons. If you don't have one yet, you must first create an account on Wikimedia Commons through the page Special:CreateAccount.
Step 2: Connect
To record on Lingua Libre, you have to be connected to your Wikimedia Commons account, so the sounds will be allowed to be uploaded on it. To do this, on Lingua Libre, you need to log in with your Wikimedia Commons account. Click on the figure on the top right of the page, then on "Log in on Wikimedia Commons". If you aren't connected on Wikimedia Commons yet, you'll reach a page which asks you to enter your username and password, then click on « Log In ».
When Lingua Libre asks you permission to upload on Wikimedia Commons on your behalf, accept.
Step 3: Check your hardware
To be able to record, you need to have a microphone connected or integrated to your computer or to your phone. The sound must'nt be too loud nor too low.
Step 4: Access to the Record Wizard
Click on « Get involved » then on « Record Wizard » to access the recording studio.
A windows opens, which asks you to allow the use of your microphone. If you have many of them, you need to chose the right one. Then you have to click on « Allow ».
Step 5: Test the microphone
You first need to pass a little test to check if your hardware is working well. If you've just recorded something on Lingua Libre, you can ignore this step and click on "Next".
Step 6: Create a speaker
You can record your own voice or record someone else. But for every one (yourself or someone else), you need to create a speaker the first time you record him/her.
On the top of the "speaker" page, you have a drop-down menu with the name of the actual selected speaker. It allows you to change the speaker and create new speakers.
When you create a new speaker, you must enter:
- His/her name (you don't have to put the whole name, but you can't have two speaker with the same name)
- His/her gender
- The languages he/she speaks: click on the field "Spoken languages", start to pick the language name and click on the right one among the propositions. In the window that opens, indicate the the language level and the place of learning (city, department, region...). It's useful for people who study the geographical variation of a language pronunciation.
- The place he/she lives (city, department, region...). It's useful for people who study the geographical variation of a language pronunciation.
Step 7: Get ready to record
If the speaker you choose speak many languages, you have to choose the right one in the field "You record words in:".
To record only one word, pick it in the field with the label "Type here the word to record" then press "Enter". If you want to record more than one word, just repeat the previous step.
To record a list, you need to click on the button "Local list". On the windows that opens, enter the language code ("eng" for English), then a slash (/), then the name of the list you want to record. When you have selected the right list, click on "Done".
You can remove words of the words to record with clicking on the trashbin icon that appears on the right of a word that you hover with your mouse.
If you feel a little bit at ease with Lingua Libre, you can try to create your own lists. A help page explains you how to do this: Help:Create_your_own_lists.
It's a right thing to do to click on the "Shuffle list" before recording, especially if the list is long and if you're not sure to record it all. So everybody won't record the same words at the beginning of the list.
If you have properly configured everything, click on "Next".
Step 8: Record
You are taken to a page with the words to record on blue squares. The big red button is used to record. It's brighter when you are recording, lighter when the recording is stopped.
When you're ready, click on the record button. The words are displayed one by one. The recording automatically move up to the following word.
If you made a mistake, you can click on a word to record it again.
When you're done, click on "Next".
Step 9: Check the records
You can then listen to the records you've done before publishing them. To listen to a record, click on the "play" button on its left.
If a record doesn't suit you, you can remove it of the sounds to publish in clicking on the cross on its right.
When you're satisfied, click on "Publish on Wikimedia Commons". Wait for the publications to be completed (a green icon with a "v" will appear beside every sound). And it's done! You can now find your records on Lingua Libre, but also on the file bank Wikimedia Commons!