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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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CELTA Tutor
CELTA Tutor
6 days ago

Just putting this out there – a common test for ESL students is the sentence “live the life you love and love the life you live”.
Cheesy as it might be – even this app gets it wrong.

lɪv ðə laɪf juː lʌv ænd lʌv ðə laɪf juː lɪv
🙂

Madeleyn
Madeleyn
7 days ago

Learn English for pronunciation and conversation

Bernd
Bernd
9 days ago

could someone explain to me why this website transcribes all the r sounds as trills “r” and not as alveolar approximants “ɹ” in general american? shouldn’t there be no trills in ga? thanks!

Mr.zhang
Mr.zhang
11 days ago

Entering Chinese characters will turn into English with phonetic symbols. Can it be the same as before? Keep the Chinese as it is?

Barbara
Barbara
13 days ago

According to (American English) merriam Webster and dictionary.com it is one word: stomachache. This program would only transcribe as if two words.

Eleonora
Eleonora
14 days ago

Alternative ɒlˈtɜːnətɪv
But in Longman dictionary it’s ɔ:l’tɜ:nətɪv

carlos bernal
carlos bernal
7 days ago
Reply to  Eleonora

Words may have two or more possible ways of pronouncing them.

Anthony
Anthony
14 days ago

This is such a great webpage – thank you! It would be great if we could share the results via a hardcoded link or similar.

Dong
Dong
16 days ago

How can i download the voice ?

Jade
Jade
16 days ago

Can linked reading be displayed here

Maximilian Brück
Maximilian Brück
21 days ago

Can I download the transcription ?

Barbara
Barbara
13 days ago

copy and paste