French Phonetic Transcription Translator

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Phonetic Transcription of French Words

French phonetics can be confusing for people who are just 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! The pronunciation rules in the French language are extremely complex and contain many exceptions.

This free online translator allows you to convert French text to phonetic transcription using International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols. This tool will serve as a French pronunciation guide. If you use the phonetic transcription regularly in combination with French audio and video recordings, your pronunciation and listening skills in the French language will improve.

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

Il est là [il ɛ la] à l'est [a lɛst]

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

Pronunciation variants (when native speakers from different regions pronounce a word differently, or when the pronunciation changes during rapid speech) are highlighted in light blue. You can also hover your cursor to see all possible variants.

To develop this translator, I used information from the online resources listed below and other sources.

Highlighting of high-frequency French words

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.

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