Spanish Phonetic Transcription Translator and Pronunciation Dictionary
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Phonetic transcription can help you improve your Spanish pronunciation
Spanish pronunciation is simple compared to other languages. The pronunciation rules in the Spanish language are quite strict, although a few Spanish letters can be pronounced in different ways.
This online translator allows you to convert Spanish text to phonetic transcription using International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols. By the way, dictionaries do not typically provide the phonetic transcription of Spanish words.
This tool will serve as a Spanish pronunciation guide. It will help you save time during your first steps in Spanish, while you are still learning the pronunciation rules. If you use the phonetic transcription regularly in combination with Spanish audio and video recordings, your pronunciation and listening skills in the Spanish language will improve.
In order to help you we created Spanish pronunciation trainer. It allows you to practice the pronunciation of the most frequent Spanish words, set the playback speed and the number of times each word will be repeated.
Another great way to improve your Spanish pronunciation is to use our Spanish video vocabulary builder. It is designed for beginners and has Spanish subtitles for all lessons, including phonetic transcription.
The algorithm of this phonetic translator is based on the Spanish pronunciation rules as they are described in the book Manual de fonética y fonología españolas. The book is in Spanish, and it's really one of the best you can find on the topic.
European Spanish and Latin American Spanish
This Spanish phonetic translator supports both European and Latin American Spanish.
If you are a beginner and want a quick solution, choose the following settings:
for European Spanish -
"Callo" and "cayo" are pronounced the same - off
"Caza" and "casa" are pronounced the same - off
The letter x before consonants is pronounced as - s
for Latin American Spanish -
"Callo" and "cayo" are pronounced the same - on
"Caza" and "casa" are pronounced the same - on
The letter x before consonants is pronounced as - ks
However there are exceptions to this "rule" in both Spain and Latin America. So, if you are more advanced student, you may want to learn more about Spanish phonology, including:
- yeísmo - when the words such as "callo" and "cayo" are pronounced the same
- seseo - when the words such as "caza" and "casa" are pronounced the same
Highlighting of high-frequency Spanish words
If you click Advanced options, you will see a special option that allows you to highlight high-frequency Spanish 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 Spanish word frequency counter.
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