Simon Says transcribes in 90 (ninety!) languages.

From Afrikaans to Zulu: see the full list of languages below.

There are over 7,000 languages spoken around the world. But when it comes to transcription, English transcription dominates and you end up paying a whole lot more on top for transcription in a handful of other languages like French or Spanish. Good luck trying to transcribe content in languages beyond this narrow set.

Simon:  "90 languages may sound like a lot to learn but my philologist friend suggested I start with a particular language I am comfortable in and this would lead me to adjacent languages that would be quick to pick up because of shared vocabulary, phonemes, and structure. Before I knew it...I'm thinking of learning Syriac next."

Swift, accurate transcription is crucial for numerous industries such as news, research, radio, and legal. Since our inception, we have worked to eliminate many of the barriers (i.e. variable costs, slow turnaround, and quality) standing between great transcription and the people who need it. However, one problem remained: there is a large bias towards English.

What about all the other languages spoken, cumulatively, by billions of people?

Transcription's Language Problem

Many traditional transcription services specialize in English and maybe a handful of other languages, which they charge extra for. Frequently, users are forced to forego the transcription because of difficulty, unavailability, or prohibitive costs.

It is 2017: transcription should really be easier than this.

From Afrikaans to Zulu: Simon Says is the Solution

Simon Says now transcribes in 90 languages including:
  • Afrikaans
  • Arabic, in 16 dialects/accents
  • French, as spoken in France or Canada
  • Spanish, in 20 dialects/accents
  • Chinese, including Mandarin (3 types) and Cantonese
  • 10 Indian languages or localizations including Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu
  • of course, English (Global) for all accents and dialects
  • and, Zulu
File upload page: upload your media files and select the correct language to transcribe them in.

Simon Says uses speech recognition to automate transcription and in real-time. Subscribe and pay 8¢ per minute, regardless which language you are transcribing in! Whether you need a transcript in Bulgarian or Hebrew or English, pay the same fixed price.

And we support almost every audio and video file format/codec, and once your transcript is finished, you can easily edit, annotate, and export your script to the program of your choice like Microsoft Word or Adobe Premiere. Just be sure to set your file's language at the upload page.

While we still have a long way to go before we can transcribe in every language spoken by humans, today we have made a major leap forward to cover those languages that the vast majority of humans on Earth communicate in.

Learn more about our features and start transcribing today at

Languages we transcribe:

Afrikaans (South Africa)
Amharic (Ethiopia)
Arabic (Algeria)
Arabic (Bahrain)
Arabic (Egypt)
Arabic (Iraq)
Arabic (Israel)
Arabic (Jordan)
Arabic (Kuwait)
Arabic (Lebanon)
Arabic (Modern Standard)
Arabic (Morocco)
Arabic (Oman)
Arabic (Qatar)
Arabic (Saudi Arabia)
Arabic (State of Palestine)
Arabic (Tunisia)
Arabic (United Arab Emirates)
Armenian (Armenia)
Azerbaijani (Azerbaijan)
Basque (Spain)
Bengali (Bangladesh)
Bengali (India)
Bulgarian (Bulgaria)
Catalan (Spain)
Chinese, Cantonese (Traditional, Hong Kong)
Chinese, Mandarin (Simplified, China)
Chinese, Mandarin (Simplified, Hong Kong)
Chinese, Mandarin (Traditional, Taiwan)
Croatian (Croatia)
Czech (Czech Republic)
Danish (Denmark)
Dutch (Netherlands)
English (Global)
Filipino (Philippines)
Finnish (Finland)
French (Canada)
French (France)
Galician (Spain)
Georgian (Georgia)
German (Germany)
Greek (Greece)
Gujarati (India)
Hebrew (Israel)
Hindi (India)
Hungarian (Hungary)
Icelandic (Iceland)
Indonesian (Indonesia)
Italian (Italy)
Japanese (Japan)
Javanese (Indonesia)
Kannada (India)
Khmer (Cambodia)
Korean (South Korea)
Lao (Laos)
Latvian (Latvia)
Lithuanian (Lithuania)
Malay (Malaysia)
Malayalam (India)
Marathi (India)
Nepali (Nepal)
Norwegian Bokmål (Norway)
Persian (Iran)
Polish (Poland)
Portuguese (Brazil)
Portuguese (Portugal)
Romanian (Romania)
Russian (Russia)
Serbian (Serbia)
Sinhala (Sri Lanka)
Slovak (Slovakia)
Slovenian (Slovenia)
Spanish (Argentina)
Spanish (Bolivia)
Spanish (Chile)
Spanish (Colombia)
Spanish (Costa Rica)
Spanish (Dominican Republic)
Spanish (Ecuador)
Spanish (El Salvador)
Spanish (Guatemala)
Spanish (Honduras)
Spanish (Mexico)
Spanish (Nicaragua)
Spanish (Panama)
Spanish (Paraguay)
Spanish (Peru)
Spanish (Puerto Rico)
Spanish (Spain)
Spanish (United States)
Spanish (Uruguay)
Spanish (Venezuela)
Sundanese (Indonesia)
Swahili (Kenya)
Swahili (Tanzania)
Swedish (Sweden)
Tamil (India)
Tamil (Malaysia)
Tamil (Singapore)
Tamil (Sri Lanka)
Telugu (India)
Thai (Thailand)
Turkish (Turkey)
Ukrainian (Ukraine)
Urdu (India)
Urdu (Pakistan)
Vietnamese (Vietnam)
Zulu (South Africa)

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