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How audio works on Quizlet

Quizlet automatically generates audio for 18 different languages so that you can hear the words you're studying spoken. We also offer a voice recording option so that users can record additional languages or record a native speaker's voice in place of Quizlet's audio. Learn more about voice recording and upgrading your account.

Getting Started

From a set page, click on a word to play audio or click the speaker icon on the right.


Excluding text from audio

If you want to exclude certain content from audio, use parentheses and it will be ignored. For example, "cat (cat)" is spoken simply as "cat."

Text with 300+ characters

Very long text (over 300 characters) is not currently supported by Quizlet's automatic audio.

Languages with automatic Quizlet audio

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
  • Portuguese
  • Arabic
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Turkish
  • Polish
  • Dutch
  • Greek (Modern)
  • Swedish
  • Finnish
  • Romanian

Audio in the study modes

Speller, Learn, and Flashcards all have audio features that make studying more engaging (especially for aural learners).

What if the audio sounds strange?

If the audio sounds strange or incorrect, it may be simply that the flashcard set is tagged with the wrong language. To check, go to the set page and look at the language listed on the Info tab.

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If it's incorrect and you have editing permissions on the set, you can change it by clicking on "Edit" on the upper right of the set page.

Still having issues?

The pronunciations are as accurate as possible, but sometimes they are just wrong or the intonation sounds off. Please write into feedback or check out our voice recording option if the automatic audio still doesn't sound right.

What if audio isn't playing?

Step 1: Check to see if Quizlet has audio for that word

If you hover your mouse pointer over the term or definition text on the set page, is it clickable? If there is audio for that term, you will be able to click it and see the text highlight in blue. If not, we don't have audio for that term.

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This could be because you entered terms in a language we do not support, or because the text is too long (over 300 characters). Here is what 301 characters looks like:

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Step 2: Check audio on your computer

Find out if you can get audio on any sets to work. Try U.S. State Capitals to see if audio works for you there. If the audio doesn't work on that set, try going directly to this audio test file.

Step 3: Update your web browser

  • Use a web browser like Chrome, Safari, or Firefox and make sure it's up-to-date
  • If you use Internet Explorer, make sure you have the default JavaScript security settings in place. Try Tools ->Internet Options->Security->"Reset all zones to default level"
  • Please note that we don't support audio in Opera, so you'll need to use one of the browsers listed above

Step 4: Update Flash on your computer

  • Make sure you have the most updated version of Flash
  • If you're using Flashblock or ClickToFlash, add Quizlet to its whitelist
  • If you're on iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad) Flash is not required

Step 5: Contact Us

If you've tried all the steps above and are still having problems, contact us.