Arabic Transcription: Convert Arabic Audio to Text for Free

Arabic Transcription: Convert Arabic Audio to Text for Free

Soorya Radhakrishnan
Soorya Radhakrishnan

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Arabic transcription is tedious and time-consuming when done manually—listening and typing each word simultaneously. The intricacies of the Arabic script, along with the various dialects and pronunciation nuances, add to the challenge.

But we’ve found a way to transcribe Arabic audio to text in seconds without spending a penny. Here’s a sample:

أيها الأصدقاء والقراء والمتابعين أسعد الله يومكم بداية نهنئ الشعب الفرنسي بيومهم الوطني وكيف لا وفرنسا هي عاصمة الذوق وعاصمة الجمال وعاصمة الأناقة فتحية لهم وادعوا الله أن يسلمنا ويعافينا جميعاً والإنسانية جميعها من هذه الجائحة ثانياً أهنئ صحيفة العرب نيوز الدولية بثوبها الجديد باللغة الفرنسية هذا ال�وب الذي سيعزز التواصل بين الشعوب وسيمكن الحصول على الأخبار والمعلومات من مصادرها مما سيزيد من التواصل فتحية لهم. وأهنئ وأتمنى لفريق العرب نيوز كامل التوفيق والنجاح على هذا الانجاز.  وشكرا جزيلا. على هذا الإنجاز و شكرا جزيلا.
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Interested to know more? Read on!

Fun fact: According to WorldData, Arabic is the official language in 22 countries.

How to create Arabic transcription for free

Want to convert Arabic audio to text in just a few minutes? Follow these steps:

  1. Log in or Sign up for Fireflies
  2. Select Arabic as your preferred language
  3. Upload your Arabic audio
  4. Review and finalize the transcript
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Step 1: Log in or Sign up for Fireflies

Fireflies is an AI transcription tool that can transcribe, summarize and analyze audio or video content in 30+ languages, including Arabic. The generated transcripts are 90% accurate with timestamps.

To begin, log into your Fireflies account.

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If you’re a new user, sign up for Fireflies using your Outlook or Google calendar. During this process, grant Fireflies permission to access your calendar.

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Allow Fireflies to access your Calendar data

Fireflies only collects your calendar metadata, such as emails and user preferences. Also, your data is end-to-end encrypted during storage and in transit. The platform is also SOC 2 TYPE 2 and GDPR compliant.

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Step 2: Select Arabic as your preferred language

Once logged in, click Settings.

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Click on Settings

It will open the Meeting Settings. Go to Meeting Language and select Arabic from the dropdown menu.

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Select “Arabic” as your preferred language

Step 3: Upload your Arabic audio

Now, click Uploads.

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Click "Uploads" on the left navigation bar

Upload the Arabic audio file you want to transcribe. You may drag and drop the file or select the files to upload the file from your computer. You can upload files in MP3, M4A, WAV, or MP4 format.

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Upload files in MP3, MP4, M4A, or WAV format

Once uploaded, you can see the file transcribed at the bottom of the same upload page.

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Find the uploaded file being processed at the bottom

Step 4: Review and finalize the transcript

The transcription process can take a few seconds to minutes, depending on the file size and your internet speed. Once done, you’ll receive an email notification from Fireflies.

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Click on “View meeting recap” to open your transcript

You can access the file from the same Uploads page or the My Meetings channel in your Fireflies Notebook.

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Fireflies Notebook

Click on the file name and open your transcription. Review the transcript to ensure accuracy and finalize it. Voila! Your Arabic transcript is ready.

For explanation purpose, here’s the Arabic transcription of King Salman Bin Abdulaziz’s opening speech at the 40th GCC Summit.

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Find the transcription on the right side of the screen

Want to transcribe your next Arabic audio for free?

Log into Fireflies today!

How to transcribe Arabic meetings with Fireflies

Fireflies is also a great tool for transcribing all your meetings, enabling you to focus on the conversation without worrying about note-taking.

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to effectively transcribe Arabic meetings using Fireflies:

Step 1: Log in to your Fireflies account.

Arabic transcription - Log in to Fireflies

Step 2: Access the Settings and confirm that the default language is configured as Arabic.

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Select “Arabic” as your preferred language

Step 3: Navigate to the main dashboard from the left-hand navigation bar and configure your Current meeting settings.

Arabic transcription - Current meeting settings

That's all! Fireflies will now join your meetings based on your preferences and transcribe them. You can find your meetings and uploads in the "My Meetings" or "All Meetings" channels in your Notebook.

Why Fireflies for Arabic transcription?

Here are 6 reasons why Fireflies is one of the best Arabic audio transcription services:

  • Generates 90%+ accurate transcripts within minutes
  • Provides AI-generated summary for quick reviews
  • Guarantees the highest security for your data
  • Supports multiple formats
  • Offers advanced Collaboration features
  • Highly cost-effective solution
Related: Learn how to transcribe French, Spanish, Italian, and German using Fireflies. 

1. Generates 90%+ accurate transcripts within minutes

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Direct recommendations from Fireflies users

Fireflies generates 90%+ accurate transcripts within a few seconds to minutes, depending on the file size.

The transcripts are time-stamped and mark different voices, which you can easily edit.

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Click and type the speaker names

You can also add speaker labels by clicking on Speaker 1 and Speaker 2. Write the name, and that’s it!

2. Provides AI-generated summaries for quick reviews

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AI-generated summary of the audio

Apart from the accurate transcription, Fireflies also generates AI summaries of your audio file, highlighting the key points in the conversation.

Instead of going through an entire transcript or listening to the whole audio, you can simply read the AI-generated summary and understand the gist of the audio within seconds.

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Customer reviews on Fireflies’ AI-generated summary

3. Guarantees the highest security for your data

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Fireflies' Co-founder Sam Udotong on its security

Fireflies is GDPR and SOC 2 Type II certified. Its database is housed in a Virtual Private Cloud with AWS, while the servers are hosted on Google Cloud.

Additionally, all of your data in AWS S3 is completely encrypted both at rest and during transit.

This ensures the privacy of your voice data because no one can access your recordings, unlike manual transcribers, who need to listen to your audio file to create transcripts.

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Read this blog to understand all the measures we take to keep your data safe, through product design, bot training to data storage, and compliance.

4. Supports multiple formats

Fireflies can read and transcribe audio files in multiple formats—MP3, MP4, M4A, and WAV.

It also allows you to export the generated transcript in 5 formats with or without timestamps—DOCX, PDF, SRT, CSV, and JSON.

5. Offers advanced Collaboration features

Even in its free version, Fireflies offers advanced collaboration features like:

  • Soundbites: Create shareable audio snippets from the highlights of your audio
  • Thread: Add and reply to comments within the transcript
  • Playlist: Create a collection of soundbites and related audios from multiple files in one place

It also seamlessly integrates with 50+ video conferencing and productivity tools like Notion, Slack, Aircall, and Zoom. It also offers an API for building custom integrations.

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6. Highly cost-effective solution

Transcription service providers typically charge $1.30 to $3.50 per minute.

In contrast, you can create up to three transcriptions and store 800 minutes of data at zero cost with Fireflies’ Free Plan.

And, if your requirements are more, you can get more transcription and storage credits at just $10/seat/month, billed annually—still cheaper than other transcription software or service providers.

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Wrapping up,

Converting Arabic audio to text is nothing but a cakewalk with Fireflies, that too absolutely free! It’s like having a personal assistant who never gets tired and transcribes for you with 90% accuracy in just minutes.

Plus, as it follows the highest security standards, you never need to worry about the safety and privacy of your data.

So, the next time you need Arabic transcription, give Fireflies a try and discover a whole new level of convenience. Happy transcribing!

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