Add or edit words and phrases



All members of the language team can add words and phrases to the language site. Only Editors and Language Administrators can freely publish, edit, and delete words and phrases.

You must be logged in as a member of a language team to create and manage entries. To learn about how language teams work, check out our information on language team roles on FirstVoices.


Add words and phrases

  1. Log in and navigate to the Dashboard.

  2. Click on "Create" in the left-side navigation panel.


  3. Choose “Create a Word” for a word, or “Create a Phrase” for a phrase.

  4. Fill in the form with your content. The form has several pages but most information is optional. You can click “Next Step” to move to the next page.

1: Add basic information including audio
  1. On the final page, indicate if the word should appear in the Kids Area and Games or not.

  2. Click “Finish” at any point to save the entry.

Assistants: Once saved, the entry will be visible to members of your language team and can be reviewed by an Editor or Language Administrator.

Editors and Language Administrators: On the final page, you can indicate who should be able to access the word: only your language team, members of your language site, or anybody.


Edit words and phrases

Only Language Administrators and Editors can perform this action.

  1. Log in and navigate to the Dashboard.

  2. Click on "Edit" in the left-side navigation panel.

  3. Choose “Edit words” or “Edit phrases”.

  4. Scroll through the entries, or use the search bar to find a specific one to edit.

  5. Click on the pencil next to the word/phrase you want to edit. Or, click the word/phrase and a drawer will pop out so you can see its details. Then click “Edit”.

  6. Make any necessary changes and click “Save Changes” at the bottom of the page.



Delete words and phrases

  1. Follow the instructions to “Edit a word/phrase” until you reach the edit form.

  2. Click “Delete word/phrase” at the top of the edit form to remove it permanently from the site.

  1. A confirmation warning will pop out. If you are sure you want to remove the entry, click “Delete”.


Use custom searches to find and filter

Once there are a lot of words and phrases in your dictionary, you may want to filter through the available words in specific ways. Language Administrators and Project Coordinators may have reporting requirements or specific goals about the direction of their work. The Advanced Search and Reports areas can help people in these roles to evaluate the overall contents of their sites, and create dynamic lists of which entries to work on next. This can be especially useful when writing reports for FPCC programs.



To view a quick report:

  1. Log in and navigate to the Dashboard.

  2. In the left side navigation, choose “Reports”.

  3. Select any of the pre-set options, such as “Recently created”.

To create a custom report:

  1. Log in and navigate to the Dashboard.

  2. In the left side navigation, choose “Reports”.

  3. Select the top option: “Build your own”.

  4. A list of dictionary entries will appear. Options for sorting will appear below the search bar on the top left, and options for filtering will appear on the top right.

  5. Choose some options to customize the list that appears.

  1. You can use the “Words / Phrases / Both” toggle in the top right corner to switch between different kinds of entries.








More about the word/phrase creation form

Use this table for tips if you are not sure how to fill out the form when creating or editing a word or phrase.






The word/phrase in the Indigenous language.


Describe the meaning in English. If needed, you can add multiple meanings.


An audio recording of the word/phrase being spoken. Add from your media library or upload a new file.


Select vocabulary categories that the word/phrase relates to. For example: Animals, Food, Activities.

Related Entries

Connect the entry to other words or phrases that it relates to. For example: a plural form, an example phrase where a word appears.


Include publicly visible notes. For example: information relating to cultural practices of the community, implications or connotations of the word/phrase, literal translations which may be different from the word's meaning. If needed, you can add multiple notes.


Note the original person who shared the word/phrase, or a book or document that the word/phrase was spoken by or found in. You can also acknowledge the team member(s) who made the entry. If needed, you can add multiple acknowledgements.


Illustrative images to help indicate the meaning. Add from your media library or upload a new file.


Videos to help indicate the meaning or demonstrate the word/phrase being spoken. Add from your media library, link to Youtube/Vimeo, or upload a new file.

Pronunciation (words)

Indicate pronunciation of the word in a sound-it-out or linguistic format that may not be a real spelling.

Part of speech (words)

Indicate the grammar of the word. For example: Noun, Verb, Name, Question Word

Alternate spelling (words)

Indicate more possible spellings of the word. These alternate spellings will be searchable.