Getting involved

If you're an adult with a speech impairment, or know of someone who may be interested in getting involved, you're in the right place! As part of Project Euphonia, we're seeking speech contributions from adults who have difficulty being understood by others. Speech samples can help improve how Google understands individuals with speech impairments.

Record phrases for Google Research

Before you get started

Am I eligible to take part in the Project Euphonia research initiative?

In order to participate in this research initiative, you need to:

  • Have access to a mobile device (Android or iOS) or a computer with a microphone.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Speak and read English fluently.
  • Have difficulties being understood by others (not only because of an accent).

What will I do as a participant?

You'll record yourself reading 300 phrases aloud, using a provided online recording tool. These phrases help us study ways we could improve speech recognition technology to better understand atypical speech.

You are encouraged to take your time recording!

What will I get in exchange for participating?

Participation in our research initiative is voluntary. However, we understand that these recordings take time and energy. As a token of our appreciation, we provide cash-equivalent gift cards to participants who complete phrase sets. Your recordings will be reviewed by a speech and language specialist. If, after review by these specialists, your recordings are deemed suitable for Euphonia research, you will receive a gift card valued at $60 USD (or local currency equivalent) for 300 phrases recorded. Examples of speech that are NOT suitable for Euphonia research include accented speech, and speech with no detectable impairment.

When will I have access to technology that can better understand my voice?

We understand that current speech recognition technology can be frustrating. Project Euphonia is in the early stages of a potentially long research arc. We hope our research leads to product improvements that help your day-to-day life as soon as possible, but realistically this may still be a few years out. The voice samples you share will accelerate our research into helping people with impaired speech be better understood.

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Expressing interest

Please fill out our Interest Form, and we’ll be in touch with further instructions.

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Recording your voice

After filling out our interest form, you'll receive a "Welcome to Project Euphonia" email. Follow the steps provided to start recording your phrases.

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Requirements, tips, and troubleshooting

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Device requirements

  • A phone, tablet, or desktop computer or laptop with a built-in or plugged-in microphone
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Browser requirements

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Start recording

Within the Welcome email, navigate to ChitChat and log in using the same Google account (usually ending in @gmail.com) that you noted when filling out the interest form.

Note that you won’t have access to the URL until you’ve signed-up and are whitelisted for access.

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Recording tips

  • Record all the words. The tasks in ChitChat involve reading specific phrases. Please do your best to speak every word. If you find a particular phrase too challenging, just skip it! If you have reading difficulties in general, that's okay, just let us know (via euphonia-project@google.com) so we can assign you simpler phrases.
  • Limit background noise. It's important that we can clearly hear your voice, and only your voice. Please record in a quiet environment, without others' voices or a TV in the background.
  • It's always okay to re-record a message. Listen to your recordings to check a) that you attempted each word, b) the microphone isn't muffled, c) no one else's voice was recorded. Re-record as many times as you'd like, at any time.
  • Be yourself, don't aim for perfection! It's counterintuitive, but please don't worry about how your voice sounds. We want to hear the real, everyday you! If you are having trouble with speech recognition or you are having trouble being understood by others, we want to hear your voice at that moment.
  • If you have an Android device (such as a Pixel or Samsung phone), please access ChitChat from that device. It's also possible to use ChitChat from other mobile devices, tablets, desktops, and laptops.
  • Recorded phrases move to the back of the queue every time you log back into ChitChat to record. Even if you were on page 10 when you finished your recordings yesterday, when you login today, you should start at page 1 again. If you're feeling confused, not-yet-recorded phrases are not highlighted, whereas recorded phrases are highlighted in green. You can always check your progress by looking at the green progress bar.
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Troubleshooting