French phonetics can be quite confusing, taking in consideration the facts that one letter can be pronounced in 2-3 different ways or that 3-4 letters can be pronounced as one sound. Fortunately, the pronunciation rules in French language are rather strict.
This free online converter allows you to convert French text to its phonetic transcription using International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols. The explanation of each phonetic symbol can be found on the page about French phonology in Wikipedia. This tool will save you a lot of time during your first steps in French – until you'll learn the pronunciation rules. If you use the phonetic transcription regularly along with French audio and video learning materials it will help you to improve your pronunciation and listening skills in French language.
The converter was created using free French dictionaries Dicollecte (click on the link to download the dictionary) and other sources.
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