Russian Phonetic Transcription Translator and Pronunciation Dictionary
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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 Russian phonetic translator
This phonetic translator will help you obtain very accurate phonetic transcription of your Russian text.
It uses the symbols of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) — the most popular phonetic transcription system in the world.
Additionally it can show you the phonetic transcription that uses Cyrillic letters which is quite popular in Russia.
The translator uses a dictionary containing stress positions in Russian words. If the stress position was not found in the dictionary, the word will not be converted.
To develop this translator, we used information from the online resources listed below and Bulanin's book Phonetics of Contemporary Russian Language.
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 Russian pronunciation dictionary
We hired professional voice-over artists to record the correct pronunciation of the most popular Russian words. The number of the audio recordings is indicated in the following table. Click the buttons to listen to the sample words.
Multiple pronunciations of Russian words
Some Russian words are spelled the same, but are pronounced differently and have different meanings. They are called homographs. Compare:
|На холме́ стоя́л за́мок /ˈzamək/.||↔||Я откры́л замо́к /zɐˈmok/.|
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.
- 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.
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"
Highlighting of high-frequency Russian words
In the section Advanced options you will find a special option that allows you to highlight high-frequency Russian 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 Russian word frequency counter.
Learning Russian as second language: phonetic transcription can help you improve your Russian pronunciation
Russian pronunciation may be challenging for people who are just starting to learn Russian. For starters, you cannot find phonetic transcription of Russian words in Russian dictionaries. The common perception is that the pronunciation rules in Russian are rather strict. In reality, they are very complicated and have many exceptions.
Pronunciation of Russian letters varies depending on whether they are stressed or unstressed (in case of vowels), and also on which consonants surround the letter. For example, the letter "а" can be pronounced in five different ways! It's not easy for a beginner who has just started to learn Russian to remember all these pronunciation rules.
This tool will serve you as an Russian 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 Russian audio and video recordings, your pronunciation and listening skills in the Russian language will improve.
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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).