French Phonetic Transcription Converter

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Phonetic Transcription of French Words

French phonetics can be quite confusing for people who are starting to learn French. Think about it – one French letter can be pronounced in two or three different ways and three to four letters can be pronounced as one sound! Fortunately, the pronunciation rules in the French language are rather strict.

This free online converter allows you to convert French text to phonetic transcription using International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols. This tool will serve you as a French pronunciation guide. It will save you a lot of time during your first steps in French, until you learn the pronunciation rules. If you use the phonetic transcription regularly in combination with French audio and video recordings, you will be able to improve your pronunciation and listening skills in the French language.

During the development of this converter, I used information from the online resources listed below and other sources.

A special option allows you to highlight high frequency French words. The words from different frequency intervals will be highlighted in the following colors:


If you want to make the frequency analysis of your text and obtain the detailed statistics, please use French word frequency counter.

Maximum allowed text length:

  • for unregistered users – 700 characters,
  • for registered users – 7,000 characters.

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Updates related to this phonetic converter

  • French phonetic dictionary 1.0 released

    Usually I don't announce the new releases of the French phonetic dictionary. But this one is special. Two volunteers and I have finished proofreading 10,000 most frequent French words! The latest...

    Sep 4 2015


    Version 0.1 of French Phonetic Dictionary released

    At the end of January I announced French Phonetic Dictionary Project. As a quick reminder, the goal is to create a free open-source dictionary that would contain the phonetic transcription...

    May 3 2015


    Updates in French phonetic converter

    Recently I received several bug reports concerning French phonetic converter. I fixed most of them. That includes fixes for a few dozen popular French words, improved conversion rules for adjectives...

    Feb 17 2015


    Announcing French Phonetic Dictionary project – looking for volunteers

    According to statistics, the French phonetic converter is the most frequently used resource on If you used it, I think you noticed that sometimes it gives erroneous results. In...

    Jan 24 2015


    Improvements with French phonetic converter

    I created a short version of the database for French phonetic converter. It works twice as fast as the full one....

    Jan 9 2014