Italian Pronunciation Tool - Phonetic Transcription Translator (Beta Version)
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Here's how it works.
This phonetic translator has several settings, such as Split the words into syllables (see the section Advanced options).
Each time you change the settings, the phonetic transcription of the sample texts below is automatically updated.
The only exceptions are premium features (Read the text aloud and Translate the text into your native language). We already created computer-generated audio for each sample text for you.
Transcription above each word
Transcription under each line of text
Transcription under each paragraph of text
Phonetic symbols cheat sheet
How to use this Italian phonetic translator
This phonetic translator will help you obtain very accurate phonetic transcription of your Italian text.
It uses the symbols of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) — the most popular phonetic transcription system in the world.
Here how this tool works:
First, the algorithm attempts to find the word or its main form in our database which contains 85,000 Italian words.
For each Italian word the database contains the following information:
- the stress position in the word,
- if the word has a letter e, whether it is an open /ɛ/ or a closed /e/,
- if the word has a letter o, whether it is an open /ɔ/ or a closed /o/,
- if the word has a letter s, whether it is voiced or unvoiced.
By the way you need to know all this information in order to pronounce Italian words correctly.
On the next step, the algorithm applies a complex set of pronunciation rules to convert the word to phonetic transcription.
Finally, the algorithm looks at the surrounding words and updates the phonetic transcription accordingly.
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"
Multiple pronunciations of Italian words
Some Italian words are spelled the same, but are pronounced differently and have different meanings. They are called homographs. Compare:
|Amo leggere /ˈlɛddʒere/.||↔||Queste borse sono leggere /ledˈdʒɛre/.|
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.
Premium features: high-quality computer-generated audio and automatic translation
The subscription Premium gives you access to some additional features in this phonetic translator:
- You will be able to generate the audio of your text using a selection of high-quality text-to-speech voices.
- You will be able to obtain an automatic translation of your text into your native language.
Please read our FAQ to learn more about premium features.
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:
- For the setting Transcription display options select the option transcription above each word.
- In the section Choose what you will see when you click the word turn on the option " to word list".
- After submitting your text, click on the word you want to add to the word list and then click the button " to word list".
- You will be prompted to select the transcription and enter the meaning/translation of the word (the latter for most languages is optional).
- 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:
- export it into a file (Word, Excel, plain text),
- print it from your browser,
- share it with other people (for example, your students),
- 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
This phonetic translator can show both broad (phonemic) and narrow transcriptions. If you need phonemic transcription, please uncheck the following settings in the section Advanced options:
- Display allophones for the phonemes /m/ and /n/
Highlighting of high-frequency Italian words
In the section Advanced options you will find a special option that allows you to highlight high-frequency Italian 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 Italian word frequency counter.
Learning Italian as second language: phonetic transcription can help you improve your Italian pronunciation
Italian pronunciation is relatively simple compared to other languages. The pronunciation rules in the Italian language are quite strict.
However, there are several caveats which we mentioned in the introduction. As a reminder, those are:
- the stress position in the word,
- the open /ɛ/ and closed /e/ sounds,
- the open /ɔ/ and closed /o/ sounds,
- the voiced or unvoiced /s/ sound.
This tool will serve you as an Italian 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 Italian audio and video recordings, your pronunciation and listening skills in the Italian language will improve.
Italian pronunciation dictionaries that we recommend
Some of the dictionaries listed below are not really pronunciation dictionaries, but just regular Italian dictionaries. However we used all of them extensively when we were proofreading our database with pronunciations of Italian words.
Check our Italian phonetic subtitle converter and obtain something like this:
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Timur Baytukalov. A Complete Guide to Language Learning. Part 1: Learning Pronunciation
Free Webinar "Phonetic transcription for fast language learning" (20 min.)
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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).