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WeSay helps non-linguists build a dictionary in their own language. It has various ways to help native speakers to think of words in their language and enter some basic data about them. The program is customizable and task-oriented, giving the advisor the ability to turn on/off tasks as needed and as the user receives training for those tasks. WeSay uses a standard xml format, so data can be exchanged with linguist-oriented tools like FieldWorks. Team members can collaborate via USB flash drive, email, and via network connections.

Distributed teams can all work on the dictionary at the same time,  online or offline, using WeSay's "Send/Recieve" feature.  See image below.

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Supported Operating Systems

Linux, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 7 64 bit, Windows 8, Windows 10

Unicode Support


Suitable tasks

  • Record and play back utterances as electronic audio
  • Create and edit a lexical database (modeling morphology if necessary)
  • Populate the lexical database using rapid data entry (e.g. DDP)
  • Define dictionary entries while grouping them together by semantic domain
  • Supply additional information such as word category, example sentences, lexical relations
  • Keyboard special characters
  • Localizable (i.e. user interface can be translated)
  • With a simple user interface for new computer users
  • Control which users can edit which data
  • Version control and backups
  • Archive data in Unicode in a long-life file format (e.g. XML)
  • Manipulate data (e.g. SFM or XML)
  • Enable typing phonetic (IPA) data into other programs

Interface Language

English, Thai, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Spanish (Castilian), Vietnamese



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User Group


WeSay Main Interface Sharing in WeSay

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