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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. :) This story is a perfect example of why pronunciation practice is so important when learning a language.

Such misunderstandings can happen when people learn a foreign language the wrong way. The student's folly is a very common mistake for new language learners – trying to pronounce words the way you spell them. As far as we know, there are no languages where all words are pronounced exactly as they are spelled. If you think that your native language is an exception, check Wikipedia's article about its phonology.

So, how can you avoid this mistake when learning to speak a different language?

When you start learning a foreign language, the first step is to learn 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 pronunciation practice. 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 language learners with this problem.

 

Phonetic Transcription Translators

Are you tired of looking up pronunciations of each word in a dictionary? Not sure where to put accents in words? The phonetic transcription translator on this site will help you by serving as a pronunciation guide!

Save time and learn a foreign language online faster! 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. This way you would know how to pronounce all the words correctly.

The IPA phonetic translators are available for the following languages:

 

Word Frequency Counters

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 counter 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: