How to Transcribe Podcasts Lyrics
How to Add Transcriptions
To add a podcast transcription, click "Add a song" at the top of the page. -> More on adding transcriptions
If an episode of the podcast has been released, please don't create a song page without the dialogue, only create it if you plan on transcribing it. If an episode of the podcast has not been yet released, feel free to create the song page if you are planning to transcribe it upon its release.
Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar
Use standardized spellings
All spellings of different pronunciations of a word should be consistent across Genius; for example, use "I'ma" instead of "Imma" or "Ima", since it's a contraction. Make sure that when you're transcribing, your writing is in the podcaster's variation of the language; for example, don't write in American English when transcribing a British podcast, and vice versa! Click here for more info.
Double-check your spellings
Grammarly can be a very useful tool for this; it works similarly to Microsoft Word's SpellCheck, and it's free! All you need to do is signup, and you're good to go!
Hyphens & Em Dashes
Use em dashes to show dropped words, or interruptions. For example:
Speaker 1: Last night was a cold night. Last night was a really co—
Hyphens can be used to show scatting, or stuttering:
Speaker 1: B-b-but that's not fair!
For more information, check this annotation.
Question Marks & Exclamation Marks
Question marks should be used at the end of every question, and exclamation marks should be used to show when something is said excitedly. Only use one exclamation mark to show this.
Transcribe everything as it's said
Although there are some exceptions, if a speaker pronounces something differently (like Kanye West on "All Falls Down"), then make sure to transcribe showing this difference in pronunciation. Check this annotation to learn more.
Apostrophes in Contractions
Use apostrophes to show when a word is left out of the pronounciation of a word. Examples of this can are:
- Y'all (contraction of "you all")
- Ballin' (contraction of "balling")
- I'ma (contraction of "I am going to")
- Don't (contraction of "do not")
How to Format Transcriptions
In order to be easy to access, Podcast Genius must be consistent with its formatting.
To identify speakers, use the bold HTML tag, then a colon, then the dialogue. Refer to speakers by their first name; if two speakers have the same name, use each speaker's last name instead. Use this link for more information on HTML formatting -> Click here to learn more
Speaker 1: Podcast Genius is awesome!
Speaker 2: Yeah, man, totally.
If a character is unidentified, use descriptors instead of a name. Describe new, unidentified speakers by their voices, or with the information provided in the narration.
Speaker 1: Hey, how are you?
Man with New York accent: I'm good, thanks.
Speaker 1: If you think I'm lying, you can ask my university professor.
University Professor: He's not wrong.
Try to be detailed when describing sound effects, so readers understand what type of theme or mood that the podcaster's trying to get across. Put sound effects in italics with square brackets around them. If you're describing music, separate it from the text with two lines, and if it's a real song, then use the song name along with the artist.
Speaker 1: I'm not sleep— [Yawns]
Speaker 1: So, after the music plays, you gotta tell us the answer.
Speaker 2: Alright, I think I got it.
Speaker 1: What song is this? [Hums “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen]
Ignore filler words like "erm", "um" and "uh", and don't transcribe background noises, unless they add to the scene.
Use an em dash (—) to signify interruptions.
Speaker 1: But come on man, you said—
Speaker 2: No man, I don't feel comfortable talking 'bout this.
If the narration gets indecipherable, just summarize.
Speaker 1: Who's going first?
(Enthusiastic yelling from everyone)
If someone stutters, it's okay to denote this with multiple dashes.
Speaker 1: I'm not doing this!
Speaker 2: B-b-but y-you said you w-would!
Find answers to frequently asked questions about the song and explore its deeper meaning