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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 the 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.
  • The 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”). Weak forms are italicized in the output.
  • 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, Chrome).
*) American transcriptions are based on the open Carnegie Mellon University Pronouncing Dictionary.

We encourage students of linguistics/phonetics to do their own work during their assignments and remind them that submitting transcriptions produced by this website for academic credit is a breach of academic integrity.

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Haladino Hernandez
Haladino Hernandez
4 hours ago

hi it is great is link

Jan
Jan
3 days ago

Google translator knows English only. Many translations are not correct or irrelevant. I prefer http://www.dic.cambridge.com.uk

Ляля
Ляля
2 days ago
Reply to  Jan

Jan,Ваша ссылка не верна!
Предлагаю: https://translate.google.ru/ , https://context.reverso.net/перевод/

zidan
zidan
13 days ago

I’m looking for the phonemic transcriber… Does anybody here know some websites like this (tophonetic) for phonemic?

Jan
Jan
6 days ago
Reply to  zidan

google translator.

Geovanny
Geovanny
14 days ago

Excellent!

kross_zed
kross_zed
19 days ago

I suppose the word “water” should be transcribed as [wɑtər] in american english, or at least there should be both options.

Ляля
Ляля
15 days ago
Reply to  kross_zed

(ˈwɔtər), если Вы думаете иначе, то нужно доказать!

kross_zed
kross_zed
12 days ago
Reply to  Ляля

Транскрипция словаря Кембриджа, + куча случаев произношения у носителей. Это cot-caught merger, его случаи в большинстве указаны, но здесь почему-то решили обойтись.

Ляля
Ляля
7 days ago
Reply to  kross_zed

Уважаемая kross! Вы пишите: “.. + куча случаев произношения у носителей …”. Да! Чёрт голову сносит в озвучке в английском языке!
Мне кажется, что нужно выбрать ОДНОГО авторитета – этот САЙТ и доверять ему! Успехов Вам в освоении разговорного языка! Пока.

Lara
Lara
15 days ago
Reply to  kross_zed

There’s literally both options and there’s always been

Tien
Tien
19 days ago

Thank you so much! your site is very helpful!

Bucky
Bucky
1 month ago

How would this page be cited for TEFL Academy?

João
João
1 month ago

Why was “here” transcribed /hir/ instead of /hɪr/?

João
João
1 month ago
Reply to  João

And the same happens with the word “hear”.

Tiff
Tiff
1 month ago
Reply to  João

i is the ee sound and ɪ is the ih sound, so here and hear is supposed to be hir (heer). What I don’t understand is, deer is transcribed as dɪr (dihr) and ethereal is transcribed as ɪˈθɪriəl (ih-thihr-ee-uhl) instead of ih-theer-ee-uhl

Vivian
Vivian
19 days ago
Reply to  Tiff

They might be pulling this from WordReference.com. If this is the case then it’s the U.S.A. spelling.

Rain
Rain
1 month ago

Show transcription at Line by line with English Text have problems. Pls to repair this one

bio
bio
1 month ago

I wish there was a way (if there is, please show me how) to upload your own transcriptions of words that don’t currently exist in the dictionary so that they can be used in the future