English Phonetic Transcription Translator and Pronunciation Dictionary

happy ➔ /ˈhæpi/
pronunciation ➔ /prənʌnsiˈeɪʃən/

see, these, seek, who, news, group ➔ /ˈsi | ˈðiz | ˈsik | ˈhu | ˈnuz | ˈɡɹup/
far, more, here, where ➔ /ˈfɑr | ˈmɔr | ˈhɪr | ˈwɛr/

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How to use this English phonetic translator


This phonetic translator will help you obtain very accurate phonetic transcription of your English text.

It uses the symbols of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) — the most popular phonetic transcription system in the world.

In addition to IPA, this tool also supports several types of phonetic spelling.

This phonetic translator supports three most common English dialects: British, American and Australian. The number of English words for each dialect in our database is indicated in the following table:

American English 134,000 words
British English 130,000 words
Australian English 92,000 words

The numbers in the table don't include modified word forms. For example, the words "translate", "translates", "translating" and "translated" are all counted as one word.

The pronunciation of each word in the database was manually checked by a member of our team.

If you need to copy the phonetic transcription into another program or print it, please read our FAQ.

Watch a tutorial "How to convert text to phonetic transcription and listen to audio recordings of words"

Number of audio recordings in our English pronunciation dictionary

We hired professional voice-over artists to record the correct pronunciation of the most popular English words. The number of the audio recordings is indicated in the following table. Click the buttons to listen to the sample words.

Mike American English 20,000 words

Lela American English 10,000 words

Jeevin American English 3,700 words


Andrew British English 9,400 words

Multiple pronunciations of English words

Some English words are spelled the same, but are pronounced differently and have different meanings. They are called homographs. Compare:

His pronunciation is perfect /ˈpɝfɪkt/. I want to perfect /pɚˈfɛkt/ my pronuncation.

The phonetic translator will highlight homographs in green. If you hover your cursor over these words or tap them on your mobile device, you will see all possible pronunciations.

At the moment this phonetic translator cannot yet decide which pronunciation is correct for such words. You will need to choose the correct pronunciation yourself depending on the context.

Pronunciation variants (when native speakers from different regions pronounce a word differently, or when the pronunciation changes in rapid speech) are highlighted in blue. Just like with homographs, you can also hover your cursor over the word to see all possible variants or click/tap it to select the right pronunciation.

Premium features: high-quality computer-generated audio and automatic translation

The subscription Premium gives you access to some additional features in this phonetic translator:

  1. You will be able to generate the audio of your text using a selection of high-quality text-to-speech voices.
  2. You will be able to obtain an automatic translation of your text into your native language.
  3. You will get access to video recordings of native speakers slowly pronouncing the most popular words.

Please read our FAQ to learn more about premium features.

Built-in English dictionary

This phonetic translator has a built-in English dictionary, WordNet. It contains more than 140,000 English words.

Here's what you need to do to activate the dictionary:

  1. For the setting Transcription display options select the option transcription above each word.
  2. In the section Choose what you will see when you click the word turn on the option word's meaning.
  3. After submitting your text, click on any word in the results to see its definition.

Create your own custom word lists

You can create your own custom word lists using this phonetic translator. Here's how you can do it:

  1. For the setting Transcription display options select the option transcription above each word.
  2. In the section Choose what you will see when you click the word turn on the option " to word list".
  3. After submitting your text, click on the word you want to add to the word list and then click the button " to word list".
  4. You will be prompted to select the transcription and enter the meaning/translation of the word (the latter for most languages is optional).
  5. Once you finished adding words to your word list, click on My Account at the top of the page and then on My word lists. You will see the list of all your word lists.

There are so many things you can do with your word list:

  1. export it into a file (Word, Excel, plain text),
  2. print it from your browser,
  3. share it with other people (for example, your students),
  4. practice pronunciation of every word using the audio recordings of real people (if available) or high-quality text-to-speech voices.

Watch a tutorial "How to create custom word lists"

Broad and narrow transcription

For American English this phonetic translator can show both broad (phonemic) and narrow transcriptions. Please read here about phonemes and allophones to decide which type of transcription you need.

Case-sensitive converter

We wanted to create a very precise tool, so we decided to make this phonetic converter case-sensitive. For some words, it makes a difference. For example, the English words August and august mean different things and may be pronounced differently depending on the context.

If you want to obtain the best results, please submit the English text which is spelled correctly. Misspelling the words (english, ENGLISH) may give unpredictable results.

Highlighting of high-frequency English words

In the section Advanced options you will find a special option that allows you to highlight high-frequency English words. The words from different frequency intervals will be highlighted in the following colors:

1–1000 1001–2000 2001–3000 3001–4000 4001–5000

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

You can choose one of the two frequency lists:

  • The frequency word list based on the Corpus of Contemporary American English
  • The subtitle-based frequency word list

Learning English as second language: phonetic transcription can help you improve your English pronunciation

English pronunciation can be very confusing. As you know, there are no strict pronunciation rules in the English language, so when you see an unknown English word, you cannot be 100% sure how to pronounce it.

The same English letter, or combination of letters, can be pronounced differently in different words. Moreover, the same English word can be pronounced in different ways by native English speakers from different countries, or even from the same country! That makes the English language hard to learn and understand.

This tool will serve you as an English pronunciation guide and will help you save time. You will no longer need to look up the pronunciation of words in a dictionary.

If you use the phonetic transcription regularly in combination with English audio and video recordings, your pronunciation and listening skills in the English language will improve.

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Some of the dictionaries listed below are not really pronunciation dictionaries, but just regular English dictionaries. However we used all of them extensively when we were proofreading our database with pronunciations of English words.

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Some English dictionaries mentioned above are available as mobile apps.

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Check our English phonetic subtitle converter and obtain something like this:


Greetings from the developer Timur

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To develop this translator, we used information from different sources mentioned on this page. The phonetic transcription was taken from these sources in accordance with the Copyright Act of Canada (Paragraph 29, Fair Dealing for the purpose of education).

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