German Pronunciation Tool - Phonetic Transcription Translator
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Phonetic transcription can help you improve your German pronunciation
German pronunciation may present a difficulty to people starting to learn German. The pronunciation rules in the German language are very complicated. There are a lot of German letters that can be pronounced in different ways.
This online translator allows you to convert German text to phonetic transcription using International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols.
This tool will serve as a German pronunciation guide. It will help you save time during your first steps in German, while you are still learning the pronunciation rules. If you use the phonetic transcription regularly in combination with German audio and video recordings, your pronunciation and listening skills in the German language will improve.
This German phonetic translator can convert more than 120,000 German words with 90-95% accuracy. Note that the support for compound words is not yet fully implemented.
Note that this phonetic translator is case-sensitive. The German text should be orthographically correct. So for example, the translator will convert "glaube", "Glaube", "Augen", but not "GLAUBE" or "augen". Before you submit your text we suggest you use this free online German spell checker by Duden to make sure all German words are spelled correctly.
Some German words are spelled the same, but are pronounced differently and have different meanings. They are called homographs. Compare:
Auf die Insel übersetzen [ˈyːbɐzɛtsn̩] ↔ auf Englisch übersetzen [yːbɐˈzɛtsn̩]
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.
If you are interested in German pronunciation, we highly recommend purchasing Das Aussprachewörterbuch - German pronunciation dictionary by Duden. It contains 132,000 words and has a brilliant introduction that explains all the pronunciation rules in German. The dictionary will also help you with homographs and personal names. Our translator doesn't convert them very well.
Another very good dictionary on German pronunciation is Deutsches Aussprachewörterbuch. It contains even more German words - 150,000. The introductory part explaining the pronunciation rules is also pretty good. The hardcover edition comes with an audio CD.
Highlighting of high-frequency German words
If you click Advanced options, you will see a special option that allows you to highlight high-frequency German 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 German word frequency counter.
Check our German phonetic subtitle converter and obtain something like this: