Maybe you have heard the story about a foreign student coming to the UK to study law. During passport control, an airport employee asks him about the purpose of his visit. And the student answers: "To study love." That's how he thought "law" is pronounced in English. :)
Such misunderstandings can happen when people learn a foreign language the wrong way. And this is a very common mistake – trying to pronounce words the way you spell them. As far as I know, there are no languages where all words are pronounced exactly as they are spelled. So, how to avoid this mistake?
When you start learning a foreign language, the first step is to learn how to pronounce the sounds and words of this language. Of course, you can (and should!) use audio or video recordings to learn pronunciation, but that may not be enough. Sometimes words are pronounced very quickly, and some words may contain a lot of unfamiliar sounds. So it becomes very hard to reproduce the correct pronunciation just by listening to the recording. Fortunately, phonetic transcription will help you deal with that problem.
Tired of looking up the pronunciation of each word in a dictionary? Not sure where to put an accent in a word? The phonetic transcription translators on this site will help you!
Save your time and learn a foreign language comfortably! Paste in some text and press the submit button – the translator will show you the phonetic transcription of your text written with International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols.
The IPA phonetic translators are available for the following languages:
- German (stress marks)
- Russian (stress marks)
You have a text in foreign language, but you are not sure whether it will suit your level? You want to quickly assess the difficulty level of reading materials? Word frequency counters on this site will help you!
They will highlight words in different colors depending on their frequency rating. You will also see the detailed statistics for your text – how many words from different frequency intervals it contains. You can analyze subtitle files as well.
The word frequency counters are available for the following languages:
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The pronunciation courses are available for the following languages: