English phonetics can be very confusing. As you know, there are no strict pronunciation rules in English language - the same letter (or combination of letters) can be pronounced differently in different words. Moreover, the same 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. The explanation of each phonetic symbol can be found on the page about English phonology in Wikipedia. This tool will save you a lot of time – you won't have to look up for the pronunciation of unknown words in dictionary. 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 pronunciation.
Please, make a note that in this phonetic converter the sign [ə] represents two 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. You can also get the phonetic transcription of all forms of a given word – see the field below.
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Note: the complete data entry contains the phonetic transcription for all forms of a given word without specifying the spelling of each form. To see correct spelling, please consult third party dictionaries.