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Hi! Got an English text and want to see how to pronounce it? This online converter of English text to IPA phonetic transcription will translate your English text into its phonetic transcription using International Phonetic Alphabet. Paste or type your English text in the text field above and click “Show transcription” button (or use [Ctrl+Enter] shortcut from the text input area).

Features:

  • Choose between British and American* pronunciation. When British option is selected the [r] sound at the end of the word is only voiced if followed by a vowel, which follows British phonetic convention.
  • International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols used.
  • The structure of the text and sentences in it (line breaks, punctuation marks, etc.) is preserved in phonetic transcription output making it easier to read.
  • An option to vary pronunciation depending on whether words are in stressed or weak position in the sentence, as in connected speech (checkbox “Show weak forms”).
  • Words in CAPS are interpreted as acronyms if the word is not found in the database. Acronym transcriptions will be shown with hyphens between letters.
  • In addition to commonly used vocabulary the database contains a very substantial amount of place names (including names of countries, their capitals, US states, UK counties), nationalities and popular names.
  • You can output the text and its phonetic transcription along each other side-by-side or line-by-line to make back-reference to the original text easier. Just tick the appropriate checkbox in the input form.
  • Where a word has a number of different pronunciations (highlighted in blue in the output) you can select the one that agrees with the context by clicking on it. To see a popup with a list of possible pronunciations move your mouse cursor over the word.
    Note that different pronunciations of one word may have different meanings or may represent variations in pronunciation with the same meaning. If unsure which pronunciation is relevant in your particular case, consult a dictionary.
  • The dictionary database is regularly amended with most popular missing words (shown in red in the output).
  • The text can be read out loud in browsers with speech synthesis support (Safari – recommended, Chrome).
*) American transcriptions are based on the open Carnegie Mellon University Pronouncing Dictionary.

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Giselle
Giselle
1 day ago

a wonderfull app. i have it in my cellphone and in my computer. good job!

Hieu
Hieu
1 day ago

Do you have Phonetic Respelling? such as Dictionary [ dik-shuh-ner-ee ]

Last edited 1 day ago by Hieu
Nhat
Nhat
1 day ago

Its great.but the app on Android doesnt have the voice of pronunction.its better when it has that function.

john
john
5 days ago

when an app on the phone can put the phonetics to electronic books it will be a success since there is no such thing

John
John
4 days ago
Reply to  toPhonetics

many people look for a way to put the pronunciation to their electronic books and that is not available from the cell phone

mark dumouchelle
mark dumouchelle
15 days ago

can someone give me really great examples of words that show how knowing the IPA can really help with pronunciation … Thanks in advance

XPTO Tube
XPTO Tube
2 days ago

Mark, have you tried to find something on YouTube? There are a great deal of content about it.

jin
jin
16 days ago

Great software to check how to read many words very quickly

camila
camila
17 days ago

genial:)

Darwin
Darwin
16 days ago
Reply to  camila

hola, como hiciste para ver la pronunciación??

RAY
RAY
10 days ago
Reply to  Darwin

Solo tienes que escribir la palabra de la cual quieres saber la pronunciación y luego de eso le das al tipo de pronunciación (American or british). Y de ahí le das SHOW TRANSCRIPTION. tendrás la pronunciación un poco más abajo. Espero te sirva.

Kiên
Kiên
20 days ago

Đừng làm Ctrl+Enter, hãy thay thế nó

Kachinland
Kachinland
20 days ago

Thank you for your invention. This is going to be very helpful in my English class as I am thinking of teaching the kids english pronunciation.

Hai
Hai
21 days ago

Could you please do something so that we just need to copy only the IPA or / and with English original text? We may not want to copy everything including the comments.

Thor
17 days ago
Reply to  Hai

Paste your original text here and in your new document.
Choose your language.
Click on transcription only.
Click Show transcription.
Copy the phonetic transcription and paste in your new document.

Voilà!

Hai
Hai
14 days ago
Reply to  Thor

I already know what you answered. But what I asked is: when I “select all” and “copy all” it also includes comments which is something I don’t need.

Thorsten DURING
14 days ago
Reply to  Hai

Hello Hai, I think that that is in the app. As I do not use the app, I cannot help you there. But I can agree with you for a future update: a COPY button would be a breeze 😉

Hai
Hai
9 days ago

Thank you very much, Thorsten. I didn’t know it had an application until you said so here. I have just downloaded the app now.

I need “select all” and “copy all” because everyday I need to convert English to IPA a lot of articles that are very long. I hope the creator of this application is interested in solving my suggestion as mentioned above. Thanks for your care.

Last edited 9 days ago by Hai