Because I suspect 音声は〇〇と言う is wrong.

  • To elaborate further, I often ask things in Japanese on HelloTalk, but when it comes to inquire about what an audio file says, I don't know the natural way of saying it. Obviously I already asked there but no luck so far Jul 9, 2020 at 17:19
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    Could you specify what kind of audio it is? Is it a textbook dialogue perhaps, or a piece of music that contains singing? Generally, if there's a more specific way to describe it you should probably go with that. Jul 9, 2020 at 18:44

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First, 言う/言います usually sounds like it's about something habitual or something in the future. In this case, you have to use the progressive form and say 言っている or 言っています (see this).

Most of the time, you can simply omit the subject and say 〇〇と言っています. Alternatively, you can change the subject and say ~さんは〇〇と言っています (if you know the speaker) or この人は〇〇と言っています (if you don't know who is speaking).

If you want to use 音声:

  • この音声は〇〇と言っています: This is not wrong, but it sounds like the focus is the deciphering/transcribing (e.g., of a noisy audio, a foreign language, a single word) rather than the message itself.
  • この音声によれば、〇〇と言っています: This is natural if the message in the audio is important (e.g., an anonymous political propaganda). ~によれば means "according to ~".
  • how about using 録音? How does it compare with 音声?
    – Flaw
    Jul 10, 2020 at 2:48
  • @Flaw In many cases they can be used interchangeably, but 音声 does not have to be a recorded one, and 録音 does not have to be a vocal or music. You can say 録音された音声, too.
    – naruto
    Jul 10, 2020 at 2:50

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