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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Atossa McCrary
Atossa McCrary

What do the commas & apostrophes stand for?

Victor Obara
Victor Obara

Do you have any tool to recognize the stressed words in compound words?

Raymart Lipat
Raymart Lipat

Hello! I am a native Filipino living in Myrtle Beach, USA. I hate to ask a ridiculous question, but I was wondering that for tophonetic.com, which Received Pronunciation is used to represent the British version of English? The Conservative Received Pronunciation or the Mainstream/General Received Pronunciation? For example, I think this website has a General Received Pronunciation since one pronounces as /tj/ rather than /t̠ʃ/ like for “tune”, one pronounces as TYOON rather than CHOON. Thank you so much for your time to read my comments! =)

Raymart Lipat

Anj
Anj

How can I hear the pronunciation. How to put sound on it.

Joanna
Joanna

How do I copy and paste in Word to get the same format? I want to show the text line by line as it is shown when transcribed into IPA symbols. Also, should I set the Word font to Arial Unicode MS or some other Unicode font? Thanks.

damion campbell
damion campbell

Transcription to Orthography I WANT TO WHAT THIS [neɪ̃ntʰɪeθ]

axler
axler

could you give the inverse function ?. that the phonetic transcription can be written and throw the word. please

huwaida
huwaida

can we find words end with the consonants sl

Benji
Benji

I think there are no English words that end “sl”

Jacques
Jacques

The consonant cluster sl does exist in English wrestle, pestle, whistle, muscle….

Serge
Serge

Обратите внимание – Рыбы(знак зодиака) Pisces [ˈpɪsiːz] – Звуковое произношение правильное, транскрипция – неправильная . Весы libra [ˈlaɪbrə] – то же. Сайт очень классный.

Dora
Dora

Can you make not just phoenetics , but an ususal trascription too. Like google translater and tophonectics in pne. It will be more comfortable/ Thank You