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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 free online translator allows you to convert Russian text to phonetic transcription using either International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols or Cyrillic letters.
This tool will serve as a Russian pronunciation guide and will help you save time during your first steps in Russian, while you are still learning the pronunciation rules. 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.
In order to help you we created Russian pronunciation video trainer. It allows you to practice the pronunciation of the most frequent Russian words, set the playback speed and the number of times each word will be repeated.
Another great way to improve your Russian pronunciation is to use our Russian video vocabulary builder. It is designed for beginners and has Russian subtitles for all lessons.
Some Russian words with the same spelling can have different meanings depending on where the stress is. Compare: замо́к (lock) – за́мок (castle). These words are called homographs. This translator will highlight the transcription of such words in green. For example:
If you hover your cursor over these words or tap them on your mobile device, you will see all the possible pronunciations.
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; instead, it will display surrounded by slashes:
To develop this translator, I used information from the online resources listed below and Bulanin's book "Phonetics of Contemporary Russian Language".
Highlighting of high-frequency Russian words
A special option 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.
Maximum text length (in characters):
- unregistered users – 50,
- free registration – 100,
- subscription "frequent user" – 10,000,
- subscription "polyglot" – 10,000.
Do you want to help improve this translator? Use the error correction mode!
Check our Russian phonetic subtitle converter and obtain something like this:
Russian Phonetics – Online Resources
- Phonetics and pronunciation glossary
- International Phonetic Alphabet for Russian - IPA Chart
- Insert stress marks into Russian text online
- Russian dictionaries online – Project Modelino
- Russian alphabet – Wikipedia
- Russian phonology – Wikipedia
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