Language Documentation Productivity


Recording speakers of the world’s languages is fun and rewarding, but keeping all the resulting files and meta data organized? Converting files to archive formats? Transcription? Painful.

That’s why we built SayMore – to make common Language Documentation tasks fun and keep you productive.


  • Pull the day’s recordings directly off your camera or audio device, creating Session folders for each one...
  • ...OR record directly into SayMore.


  • Easily convert the media coming from your device into the formats you want for long-term access.
  • Export to Audacity, ELAN, FLEx, Toolbox, or YouTube.


  • Enter metadata about the project, people, sessions as a whole, and also for individual files.
  • Add any kind of file related to the project, sessions, and people, including audio and video recordings, photographs, and transcriptions.
  • Enter information about session participants.
  • Add evidence of informed consent, be it audio, video, or photographs or a signed form.
  • Single-click to rename a file according to a naming standard.


  • Let SayMore auto-segment your media into bite-size chunks, do it by hand, or import from ELAN.
  • Transcribe and translate, then export to FLEx for interlinearization, or do further work in ELAN.
  • Enlist a native speaker to easily record Careful Speech annotations and Oral Translations.
  • Get 3-track audio combining original, careful speech, and oral translations for free!

Check Coverage and Progress

  • View charts and other statistics of your progress.


  • One click will package up your project or session in IMDI format, ready to use with ARBIL or other IMDI-compatible utility.
  • SIL members can do the same to quickly submit a package of all the relevant files and metadata using SIL’s RAMP archive-submission application.


What’s Happening

Check out what we’re up to and planning on the SayMore Trello Board.

What You’d Like to See

Got an idea for SayMore? Jump over to our UserVoice Page to vote on existing ideas, or add your own.

Recent News Posts


  • Prestige August 19, 2021
    You’ve spent a lot of time carefully documenting the language and culture of a community. Now you wish you could do more with that data. Maybe a way to let the people themselves engage with the data and benefit from it? What a great way to say thank you for their time and talents! Your […]
  • SayMore at the ICLDC 2013 March 14, 2013
    I recently had a stimulating time at the 3rd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation at the University of Hawaii. There are so many warm, friendly, and energetic people working in this space. Here’s the presentation I gave: