English Phonetic Transcription Converter
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English phonetics can be very confusing. As you know, there are no strict pronunciation rules in English language, so if you see an unknown English word, you will not know how to pronounce it. This is due to the fact that the same English letter (or combination of letters) can be pronounced differently in different words. Moreover, the same English word can be pronounced in different ways by native English speakers from different countries, or even from the same country! This makes English language hard to learn and understand. But we're not afraid of difficulties, are we?
This free online converter allows you to convert English text to its phonetic transcription using International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols. You can find an explanation of each phonetic symbol in Wikipedia article about English phonology. This tool will serve you as a pronunciation guide while you learn English and will save you a lot of time – you won't have to look up for the pronunciation of unknown English words in dictionary (see the list of free online English dictionaries with pronunciation). If you use the phonetic transcription regularly along with English audio and video learning materials it will help you to improve your pronunciation and listening skills in English language. The converter gives a phonetic transcription according to the rules of Standard American English (General American) pronunciation.
Please, make a note that in this phonetic converter the sign [ə] represents two English sounds: in stressed syllables - the sound [ʌ] (run, love, another) and in unstressed syllables - the schwa sound [ə] (seven, another, against). So if you see the sign [ə] in a stressed syllable, read it like [ʌ].
The database contains more than 125,000 English words, including 68,000 individual words and 57,000 word forms, such as plurals etc.
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