Here's what I do: I record people speaking their native languages for a voice-recognition software company called Jibbigo. They call me an "Independent Voice Data Collector." I think I need a better title.
Check out my current search--I need 200 Spanish speakers this month. So we can have a meet up every day if we want! Here's how I advertise it.
"Jibbigo wants to eat your voice! We're hungry for your accent. We want to record it, mash it, then meld it with thousands of other voices to make our voice-recognition, translation apps the best. We want our apps to recognize all the important accents of your language. Help put Siri to shame. Go to the App Store and Android Market to see our cross-language apps already available. Check out (www.jibbigo.com)
Here's how it works: Our headquarters located in Pittsburgh, PA, (and of course in Silicon Valley, CA like all software developers must be) and they send the order for what they need me, Jim, the lone, famous voice-data collector in Chicago. This time the contest is to record 200 people in paid, one-hour recording gigs. $20/hr cash. One time only. I record 200 of you (magically) and then upload the data to Germany where they really do the magic of combining all the voices to make one, incredible app that recognizes and respects the fact Spanish speakers have many accents.
Of the 200 contestants we will record this month, here's the ratio of what we need:
1. 50 speakers of Central American Spanish (Specifically Nicaraguan and Honduran, but Guatemalan and Costa Rican also doable.)
2. 50 speakers of Mexican Spanish.
3. 50 speakers of Argentinian/Uruguayan (Rioplatense accent is good and strong from Buenos Aires and Montevideo.)
4. 50 speakers of Colombian Spanish (Venezuelans and Peruvians as well.)
What it requires?
A). You can read.
B). You're a native speaker to the above regions.
C). No translation necessary.
D). You have a finger (thumbs ok, too) that can press a record button on an OS Device (Typically and Ipod or Iphone).
E). You can speak the phrase or question into the mic while you press and hold a button.
With the other languages recorded here in Chicago in the past year (Italian and currently Russian) speakers meet with me on location in Lakeview, and we record three people at a time.
BUT! This project is a little bit unique because we can record on site in a cafe or bar or restaurant with minimal background noise. So that means we can record up to 5 friends at one time, in one hour. For me this is ideal.
So, we have many options. The participants aren't required to speak English, and are not required to be US Citizens. But the main thing is we get recording ASAP.
If you're interested, look us up online or at the App Store or Android market as stated above. (www.jibbigo.com)
Then hit talk with your friends and family, and we'll set up a time to record.
Thanks! Looking forward to hearing from you.
Estómago lleno, corazón contento."