Russian Phonetic Transcription Translator

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Phonetic Transcription of Russian Words

Learning Russian phonetics may be quite challenging for people who are starting to learn Russian. For starters, you cannot find phonetic transcription of Russian words in Russian dictionaries. Although the pronunciation rules are rather strict in Russian, they are quite complicated, with a lot of 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 current 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 you as a Russian pronunciation guide and will save you a lot of time during your first steps in Russian, until you learn the pronunciation rules. If you use the phonetic transcription regularly in combination with Russian audio and video recordings, you will be able to improve your pronunciation and listening skills in the Russian language.

Some Russian words with the same spelling can have different meanings depending on where you put the stress. Compare: замо́к (lock) – за́мок (castle). These words are called homographs. This translator will highlight in green the transcription of such words. For example:

If you hover your mouse over such word or tap it on your mobile device, you will see all the possible pronunciations.

The translator uses the dictionary containing stress positions in Russian words. If the stress position was not found in the dictionary, the word will not be converted, but instead displayed surrounded by slashes like that: /экстравагантный/. You can improve the translator by specifying the stress position in such words. For that, use the error correction mode.

During the development of 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.

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Check our Russian phonetic subtitle converter and obtain something like this:

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