Article 1 of the UDHR

Language family: Indo-European: Germanic


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

IPA transcription (Received pronunciation)

/ɔːl ˈhjuːmən ˈbiːɪŋz ɑː ˈbɔːn fɹiː ənd ˈiːkwəl ɪn ˈdɪɡnɪtɪ ənd ɹaɪts ðeɪ ɑː ɪnˈdaʊd wɪð ˈɹiːzən ənd ˈkɒnʃəns ənd ʃʊd ækt təˈwɔːdz wʌn ənˈʌ.ðə ɪn ə ˈspɪɹɪt ɒv brʌðəˌhʊd/

IPA transcription (General American)

/ɔl ˈhju.mən ˈbiːɪŋz ɑɹ ˈbɔɹn fɹiː ənd ˈiːkwəl ən ˈdɪɡnɪti ənd ɹaɪts ðeɪ ɑɹ ɪnˈdaʊd wɪð ˈɹiːzən ənd kɒnʃəns ənd ʃʊd ækt tʊˈwɔɹdz wɒn ənˈʌ.ðɚ ɪn ə ˈspiɹɪt ʌv ˈbɹʌðɚhʊd/

Hear recordings of this text in different accents of English.

Native speakers of English

Received Pronunciation (RP), by Simon Ager from Lancashire, England, UK.

Estuary English, by Chad Horsman from Essex, England, UK

Scottish English by Frederic (Calum) Bayer from the Hebrides, Scotland, UK

American English, by Kathleen Loden from Buffalo, New York, USA

American English, by Dylan R. Cox

Australian English, by Alexander Leon from Sydney, Australia

Australian English, by Timothy Goldsmith from Adelaide, Australia

Australian English, by Kieran Booth from Brisbane, Australia

Canadian English, by A. Max Sacke from Toronto, Canada.

South African English, by Michael Koeberg from Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Indian English, by Mohammad Shakeb Baig from Bhopal, India.

Kashmiri English, by Turfat ul ain Zainab from Kashmir.


Non-native speakers of English

English spoken by a Romanian - Gabriela Fetmaș from Bucharest, Romania


If you speak another variety of English, or with a different accent, it would be great to have a recording of this text. Please send it to feedback[at]omniglot[dot]com.

If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.

Other Germanic languages

Other language families

Afroasiatic, Languages of North America, Languages of South America, Austro-Asiatic, Austronesian, Caucasian, Dravidian, Hmong-Mien, Indo-European: Baltic, Celtic, Germanic, Indo-Iranian, Italic/Romance, Slavic, Other, Quechuan, Mongolic, Niger-Congo, Nilo-Saharan, Sino-Tibetan, Tai-Kaidai, Tungusic, Turkic, Uralic, Yukaghir, Isolates, Sign Languages, Pidgins and Creoles, International Auxiliary Languages (IALS), Alternative writing systems, Constructed/fictional languages and alphabets, Index

Index of UDHR translations


Green Web Hosting - Kualo

Why not share this page:


Talk in Arabic - Learn Egyptian, Iraqi, Levantine, Sundanese, Moroccan, Algerian or Saudi Arabic

If you like this site and find it useful, you can support it by making a donation via PayPal or Patreon, or by contributing in other ways. Omniglot is how I make my living.


Note: all links on this site to, and are affiliate links. This means I earn a commission if you click on any of them and buy something. So by clicking on these links you can help to support this site.

Get a 30-day Free Trial of Amazon Prime (UK)

If you're looking for home or car insurance in the UK, why not try Policy Expert?