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Chinese (Mandarin) Speakers - Audio Record words (Native speakers only)

This project was awarded to zhangkangfu for $55 USD.

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Project Description

This project should take 2 hours.

We are looking for a native Chinese (Mandarin) speaker that was born and lived in China(preferrably in major metro area) until age 16. The the average winning bid is for a language project of this size is $55, bid accordingly. This project can lead to additional work.

For educational software, we need a set of 200 words individually recorded. The words will be given upon hearing a sample recording provided by you.

NOTE: we will only pick someone who provides a sample voice file. We want to hear the quality of your recording.

The words are all simple. Numbers, colors, shapes, pronouns. You will have to do the basic translation from the English word list to Chinese. At 2 words per minute, this project should take less than 2 hours. Success on this project can lead to larger word sets.

For the sample, provide a single MP3 file with you saying (in Russian): 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 ,5, 44, 56, red, green, blue, square, circle, hello, good bye.

The final recording should be done in a quite room, with a quality external microphone (not laptop mic).

ADVICE FOR GOOD AUDIO RECORDINGS

-Use an external mic, not a imbedded laptop mic

-Noise floor. You will need excellent isolation from outside, ie, plane and traffic noise, bleed from other studios, and heating/ac noise all become an issue w/spoken word when they aren't, for example, when loud things like drums or electric gtrs are recorded.

-Dead sound. I much prefer a dead, non-reflective sound to a live sound for spoken word recording.

-A comfortable space for the author to record in, including a nice comfy chair, table for a drink, etc, perhaps a music stand for the script, and headphones. People moderate their voices better if they hear themselves so make the talent wear headphones. Be aware that as the talent reads the script the relationship of their mouth position to the mic will change, ie, they may sound off mic a bit when at the bottom of the page. Keep this in mind and consider printing fewer words per page so that their range of movement will be less as they move down the page.

-Watch out for rustling paper noises, clothing noises, etc.

-Watch out for mouth clicks and noises. We use cranberry juice to reduce mouth clicks, and it really works...I think the tartness reduces surface tension in the saliva and leads to a lot less mouth noise. Sweet foods/drinks are bad for mouth noises...ie chocolate.

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