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Ido for All - Audio Book Community Project

Ido for All - Audio Book Community Project



One of the best English resources for Esperanto I found (before I knew about Ido) was "The Esperanto Teacher" by Helen Fryer. I was pleasantly surprised that it was also available as an audio book from Librivox ( Hearing pronunciation to me is important. "Ido for all" appears to be the Ido equivalent of "The Esperanto Teacher". Alas, its audio book doesn't exist. I want to change that. Unfortunately, we can't use Librivox's infrastructure as it only supports public domain licensed works, and "Ido for all" is creative commons. I also can't record the book myself because I cannot be certain of the Ido pronunciation - I'm new to Ido. Thus, a community project is born. Hopefully, there will be enough interest and another key Ido resource will be created.


I ask that all volunteers are reasonably confident with their Ido pronunciation as this is the main point of providing these recordings. We want to help people to learn to speak Ido correctly!

We don't want to make it too technical for those doing the recording, so if you have some experience editing and tweaking audio and want to help, I'd appreciate hearing from you too.

To volunteer please send an email to, specifying your name, email, the chapter(s) you are willing to record and optionally gender and nationality. It is hoped to have a good cross-section of gender and nationalities, but it will ultimately depend on community interest.

  • Linguo Ido - Richard Warburton - M - NZ
  • Lesson 0 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 1 - Brian Drake - M - US
  • Lesson 2 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 3 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 4 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 5 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 6 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 7 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 8 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 9 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 10 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 11 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 12 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 13 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 14 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 15 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 16 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 17 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 18 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 19 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 20 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 21 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 22 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 23 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 24 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 25 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 26 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 27 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 28 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 29 - Nobody yet
  • Lesson 30 - Nobody yet
  • Appendix: Notes on Derivation - Nobody yet
  • Appendix: Prefixes - Nobody yet
  • Appendix: Suffixes - Nobody yet
  • Appendix: Numeral Suffixes - Nobody yet
  • Appendix: Sufixi -AJ ed -UR- - Nobody yet

Recording Notes

Much of these notes have been stolen from:

Please read this post CAREFULLY, and follow these requests.


Read from the latest version (2011) of "Ido for All" found at


  • please record your chapters in mono mode, with only one track instead of two (stereo).
  • export your audio files to WAV 16bit PCM.
  • Make sure your "sample rate" is 44100 (the default for most recording software)


  • Please introduce ALL recordings by saying: "[Lesson #] of 'Ido for all, English course for learning Ido'. This recording is licensed using the unported Creative Commons attribution, non-commercial and share-a-like licence. For more information, please visit:"

  • if you wish, say: "Recording by [your name]"

  • say: "'Ido for all, English course for learning Ido', by N. ApGawain and others, chapter [number and title]"


  • Where esas/es, ed/e etc appears, except for lessons 0 and 1, say one of the two options, whichever is more natural to you. For lessons 0 and 1, say both words. This is ensure sentence flow and familiarity with common usage.

  • Do not explicitly note parenthesis or speech marks or dashes in your reading. Instead use intonation and pauses. i.e. read "matro - a mother (such as "any mother")", as "matro, a mother, such as, any mother". Ignore the dashes in prefixes, suffixes etc. i.e. read "-o" as "o".


  • at the end of each chapter, say: "End of lesson [X]"

  • at the end of the book, say: "End of 'Ido for all, English course for learning Ido'"

  • if you wish, say: "recorded by [your name], [your blog, podcast, web address] , [city,country], [date]"

  • leave 5 seconds of silence at the end of the file (10 seconds if your file is longer than 30 minutes)


A headset microphone will be better than your laptop's. It will also be better for listening/checking your recording.

It is paramount that your microphone gain is not too high. Ideally, when talking, the level should be around 75%. However, if your voice hits 100%, the sound will clip and distort. Slightly too quiet can be fixed (using software), but too loud cannot.

-- If your volume is low, please be sure your microphone is properly selected by your computer and that you record with your input volume high enough (usually the 3/4 mark). -- If it is loud and a bit distorted, it is probably "clipping," in which case, please record with a slightly lower input volume than the current setting.

If you can, please edit out your mistakes. Don't worry too much about noise, loudness etc (unless you want to). You will be uploading full quality audio, which can be edited later by others more in the know. Helping others to learn pronunciation trumps commercial audio expertise.


Once you have exported your wav file, go to and drag it into the upload box. When the upload is complete, email me the link provided. I'll download your audio file before it expires.

Hosting has offered to host the finished audio files.

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