Frequently Asked Questions

How do I add my language to the map?

In order to add your language to the map, you need to add an audio or video recording of yourself or someone else speaking. See our Help pages for help on making and adding recordings to the map.

How do I add subtitles to my recording?

If you’ve added a video, we recommend using Amara to add subtitles to your video. You can add subtitles in the original language and translations in other languages using Amara.

We’re working on a way to add subtitles to audio recordings. Currently you add a transcription and translation of the whole audio recording by clicking on Add Transcription or Add Translation on your recording’s page.

How do I add a link in the description of my recording or on my profile page?

You can add links using Markdown. Put square brackets around the word or phrase you want to turn into a link, and then add the full URL in parentheses next to it with no spaces. For example writing [Language Landscape]( will give you a link like this: Language Landscape

Why isn’t my language on the website?

We only feature languages that users have added to the database. If your language isn’t there, it means that no one has added a recording in that language yet. If you want to add your language to the map, add a recording and be the first person to map your language on Language Landscape.

Why aren’t there any recordings in my country?

We only feature recordings that users have added to the map. If there are no recordings in your country, it means that no one has added a recording from that country yet. If you want to represent the languages spoken in your country on the map, add a recording and be the first person to start mapping your country’s languages on Language Landscape.

Why is my language mapped in a different country from the one where it is mostly spoken?

On Language Landscape we map recordings where they were made. Because of migration and tourism, this often means that languages which are primarily spoken in one country are also spoken in parts of other countries. This is what we want to find out: where are languages really spoken around the world?

Why is my language in the language tree, but there are no recordings of it?

As well as storing the languages spoken in recordings, we also store the other languages that the people in the recordings speak. This means that sometimes there are languages in the tree that we don’t have any recordings of. You can add a recording and be the first person to map the language on Language Landscape.

Why aren’t the recordings in chronological order?

We order the recordings by the date they were added to the website rather than the date they were made. This is because we want to promote new content on the site.

Why can I only upload an MP3 or WAV file? Why can’t I upload video files or files in other formats?

We hope to add support for other audio file formats in future. We don’t currently allow video uploads as we don’t have the server capacity to cope with lots of large video files. As an alternative, you can upload your video to YouTube and add it to Language Landscape by copying the YouTube URL into the YouTube URL field in Add Recording.

I’ve already added a recording to YouTube. Can I map it on Language Landscape?

Yes. You just need to copy the URL into the YouTube URL field in the Add Recording form instead of uploading a file.

Can I map other people’s YouTube videos on Language Landscape?

Yes. If someone has added a publicly available video to YouTube then you are allowed to share it on other websites like Language Landscape. It might be a good idea to get in touch with the video’s owner and let them know that you’ve added it here.

Why does it say Log In instead of my username when I look at some pages like the help pages and blog?

This part of the site runs on WordPress so it doesn’t recognise our user accounts system, which runs on a different framework (Django).

Where’s my registration email? Where’s my password reset email?

Your email provider may automatically move your registration and password reset emails to your spam folder or other hidden folder. If you don’t think you’ve received an email from us, please check these folders to see if it’s there. If you haven’t received your email at all, please contact us and we will help you set up your account and password.

What are your terms of service?

Please read our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines. By using Language Landscape you agree to these terms.

Who are we?

Language Landscape is a not-for-profit organisation based in London, UK  which aims to raise awareness of language diversity.

What do we do?

We run this website and outreach programmes to bring together language communities online, to help people to better understand the languages spoken around them and to help to raise the profile of minority and endangered languages.

How does the website work?

The website enables anyone with an internet connection to add language recordings to a world map. The recordings are mapped where they were made in order to reflect the geographical spread of languages. Other users can access the recordings by browsing or searching the map.

What are the outreach programmes?

In order to encourage more people to get involved in the project, we have initiated outreach work with several communities and completed a pilot educational programme with a school in east London. The programme provided students with practical training in recording techniques and helped them to learn about issues such as multilingualism and language endangerment, using the website as a starting point for discussion and activities.