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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”).
  • 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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Richard Grant
Richard Grant
3 days ago

I absolutely LOVE this site! Thank you so much! Any chance of modifying it so that when the text to be converted is input, we can just hit the ‘Enter’ button to get the transcription? It’s a small change, but it would make a big difference in speed and ease of use. Many thanks!

Elisa de Mendonça Placides
Elisa de Mendonça Placides
3 days ago

muito bom. aprendi diretinho

Steisy
Steisy
3 days ago

Y francés?

Nhi
Nhi
4 days ago

thank so much

Liliya
Liliya
6 days ago

Hello, today voiced transcription does not work on mac ;(

Daiane
Daiane
6 days ago

O site é muito bom. Thanks!

lala
lala
6 days ago

when I choose ‘line by line with English text’,i cpoy the coverted.txt with timeline into notepad ,its structure is confusing,but ‘side by side with English text’,it is awesome,thanks,it’s a good tool.

Seven
Seven
8 days ago

Amazing ! It is really a great website,l really appreciate it .

hill
hill
9 days ago

非常感谢

A lover
A lover
9 days ago

I love you so much tophonetics.com!!!!