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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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Philip Rahman
Philip Rahman
3 days ago

I find it useful. In fact, I tried to use other tools, but none satisfied my requirement. Thank you very much.

mike
mike
4 days ago

Неприятности с транскрипцией подстрочником. В окне браузера – результат нормальный. Если я хочу скопировать этот результат и поместить в редактор текста (у меня LibreOffice Writer), то получаю великое множество символов пробела и ВК\ПС(абзац), которые нужно удалять теряя время.

Wallace Sanders
Wallace Sanders
2 hours ago
Reply to  mike

I pasted the text on WhatsApp and MSO Word and it worked perfectly. I guess it has to do with the text processor and/or the font.

nina
nina
5 days ago

the pronunciation of the American “r” should be [ɹ], not [r]

Wallace Sanders
Wallace Sanders
3 hours ago
Reply to  nina

As far as I know, [ɹ] is used to represent the ‘Spanish R’. I’ve never seen ‘ [ɹ]’ in any phonetic transcription in any dictionary for ESL or EFL students in more than 25 years teaching English.

Tolik
6 days ago

Почему нету голосовое происношения

Alvarez
Alvarez
7 days ago

I asked for Dux. I got dʌks, but then the lady pronounces it djuks .

gredzynski
8 days ago

This site is good, but I would like to be able to translate the international phonetic alphabet into English, so, the opposite of these proposals…

nasheeeeee
nasheeeeee
9 days ago

good

Last edited 9 days ago by nasheeeeee
marta
marta
10 days ago

good

Last edited 10 days ago by marta
Hicham
Hicham
13 days ago

Hi there, can you guys like add a feature that allows us to transcribe from phonetics to actual words

Sarah
Sarah
11 days ago
Reply to  Hicham

Yes please! It would be very useful!

ESL Kai
ESL Kai
4 days ago
Reply to  Hicham

I would really like this too, but 1) IPA keyboard input is very difficult and 2) the problem with this is that certain IPA sequences could actually be different words and the programmers would also have to include a context analyzer to predict what words you want to use.

For example: “It’s a wrap” holds the same phonetic sequence as “It’s a rap.”
If you were to provide the IPA for the above example, the program wouldn’t know which ‘wrap/rap’ to display and for English learners since the short sentence doesn’t provide enough context which could hinder their learning.

David
David
14 days ago

IS there no italian IPA translator?