From In Our Own Words

Help Navigating This Site

This section is intended to help people to understand how they can add language pages, tables and upload audio recordings of terms and phrases in the chosen language. Additionally, we have uploaded a picture of the human body and highlighted different parts with numbers so people can insert the terms for these where appropriate. This is because people may experience symptoms of distress or pain in specific parts of the body.

Please also note, you need to create an account to be able to create language pages and add material. You don't need to log in to read the wiki contents as this is a public resource.

This is a section in progress. The aim is to use this to aid general navigation of this wiki and creation of resources. It will be built over time.

Creating a Language Page

The easiest way to do this is to type it as below:

This will create it for you and you can add the information below:

A summary of the language, where it is spoken and if you like, any important and interesting facts about it! (e.g. whether it is oral only, or oral and written, whether accents and intonation matter significantly for meaning).

Then you can insert the phrases table using the 'insert table' function. Please ensure you have Visual Editor enabled through your personal preferences section if you do not see a menu with various options to input text in different formats (e.g. bold, italic).

You also need links between your new language page and the Languages section. You can do that by adding the language name in between two [[ ]] on the languages page (please keep it alphabetical and add a link at the bottom of your page to the languages page the same way.

Test page

You can also create a test sub-page to upload new phrases if you like in your language, to check with your wider community before they are agreed and moved on to your language page (although some people prefer to share this by email, apps etc which is also okay). To do that, you go to your language page, then add a '/testing' to the end, this will create the testing page for you to edit.

Please then add the link to your language page like so (language/testing|testing page) - but using [[ ]] instead of () (it needs to be the actual language you are referring to as well) to link the two. You'll find that from the testing page you can return to your language page by clicking the hyperlink at the top.


You can use the table function above (where it says insert). It is easier to edit tables on the fly if you do it that way, but refer to the headings used below. There are 5 columns of information needed:

Term/Phrase Meaning (in English) Part of the body affected (if applicable) Sound recording Example use in a sentence
Example Example Example Example Example
Example Example Example Example Example
Example Example Example Example Example

Term/phrase - In mother tongue or spelt phonetically (same as it sounds) in English

Part of the body affected (if applicable) - some terms relate to specific parts of the body (e.g. headache, back pain, stomach problem)

Sound recordings - need to be uploaded as MP3 files to be accepted so anyone can play them (please see below section on uploading recordings )

Example use in a sentence - show an example of how the phrase or term can be used in a sentence (in English)

You can add rows to the table as is on the language pages without needing to go to the 'edit' function. But to create a table please copy the example given above, go to the language page > phrases > edit > paste.


It is important that we have uploads with audio recordings of words and phrases. If you, or the person you invite to submit recordings, decides to contribute then thank you :) - please be aware we ask for consent (either with an audio recording or in writing) because once we put them up then it becomes almost impossible to remove them if you decide you'd like to take them back at a later date. However, we will not share anything personal about you without your permission. On the other hand we would be more than happy to give credit publicly to contributors who are willing and keen, as part of showing appreciation.

Uploading a recording and adding a link to this

We are generally enabling MP3 recordings as anyone can upload and play these, but you can also use opus and wav files too.

These recordings should only be a few seconds long for two reasons: to keep them succinct for the audience and to be mindful of limits on allowable recording space (though these are fairly generous). Please ensure that you have a quiet place to make the recording and say the term or phrase clearly and concisely so it can be heard accurately by our audiences. This means they are more likely to be able to use it and come back to it. Just check that it plays when you are uploading the files and make sure you label them with the language and phrase in phonetic English and if possible, your written language too for the title and description. It's important for keeping track and to help the public identify the terms they wish to use.

There are two ways to upload files, we have a video below of the easiest way below:

[Direct uploads] - this video shows you how to upload recordings directly and easily, and how to re-label them later as and when you need (~12 minutes total with closed captions and transcript below).

If that is not working, you can upload the audio file to clyp and link to it as below:

You can upload the MP3 file on Clyp it [here]. We have an associated account which enables us to upload recordings there for free and generate a link to it.

After this has been done you should be able to post a link to this in the table under the "Sound recording" sub-heading using this command:

(hyperlink Recording) but using [[ ]] instead of ()

After that, people visiting the page can click on the recording and play it.

Please look at the guidance from MediaWiki for further information if needed:

Research articles

For psychologists and allied professionals who have conducted original empirical research with ethnic minorities on how they make sense of their mental and/or physical health, or on factors impacting access to psychological support, but have not published this work academically, below are links to videos on how to create pre-prints on a pre-print server PsyArXiv and create a link to it on our wiki in the Research Articles section.

(Links inserted pending production of closed captions, should be here very soon!)

Back up

Please note that the uploaded recordings will be regularly backed up in a cloud account as a precaution against future loss to keep continuity of this resource.

Including Body Picture

We have an image of the human body and different areas are numbered to indicate the area. These parts are defined in a table in English and there is a space for people to add the word in their chosen language. The link to the image is here:

Body Diagram

And the table is here:

Number Meaning (in English) Meaning in (insert language) Recording
1 Head Example Example
2 Eyes Example Example
3 Nose Example Example
4 Mouth Example Example
5 Ear Example Example
6 Mind Example Example
7 Shoulder Example Example
8 Chest, heart Example Example
9 Stomach, gut Example Example
10 Arm Example Example
11 Hand Example Example
12 Thigh Example Example
13 Knee Example Example
14 Foot Example Example
15 Back Example Example

You can copy these into the language page if this is not already present.