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Phonetic Transcription – A Shortcut to Better Pronunciation
Maybe you have heard the story about a foreign student coming to the UK to study law. At passport control, an airport employee asks him about the purpose of his visit. 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. 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 can you avoid this mistake?
When you start learning a foreign language, the first step is learning how to pronounce the sounds and words in the 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. This makes it hard to reproduce the correct pronunciation just by listening to the recording. Fortunately, phonetic transcription helps with this problem.
Are you tired of looking up pronunciations of each word in a dictionary? Not sure where to put accents in words? The phonetic transcription translators on this site will help you!
Save time and learn a foreign language comfortably! Simply copy-and-paste in 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)
Do you have a text to read in a foreign language, but aren't sure whether it suits your level? Do you want to quickly assess the difficulty of reading materials? Word frequency counters on this site will help you!
This tool will highlight words by color depending on their frequency. You will also see 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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