French Phonetic Transcription Translator

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Phonetic Transcription of French Words

French phonetics can be quite confusing for people who are 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 a lot of exceptions.

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

Some French words are spelled the same, but have different meanings and are also pronounced differently. 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 mouse over such word or tap it on your mobile device, you will see all the possible pronunciations.

Pronunciation variants (when a word may be pronounced differently by different native speakers or when the pronunciation changes in a fast speech) are highlighted in light blue. You can also hover your mouse to see all possible variants.

During the development of 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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Check our French phonetic subtitle converter and obtain something like this:

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