How to turn English text into IPA?

Note: This IPA converter uses American English IPA. IPA is normally used for English learners and for dictionaries to help show pronunciation. 

The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is a system of phonetic notation using symbols from the Latin alphabet. It is used to represent the sounds of speech in written form. The IPA is used by linguists, speech-language pathologists, singers, actors, translators, and others who need a standardized system for talking about and transcribing the sounds of any spoken language.

IPA symbols are an important tool for linguists. They are used to transcribe the sounds of languages so that they can be studied and compared. If you are interested in learning more about languages, studying IPA can be a great way to get started.

There are a few things to keep in mind when learning IPA symbols. First, they are written in square brackets [] when they appear in a text. For example, the word "cats" would be written as "[kats]".

Second, you can find charts of the IPA symbols online. One such chart is available at the website of the International Phonetic Association.

Third, if you see a word that has an IPA symbol that you don't recognize, you can look it up in a dictionary. Many dictionaries include a key to the IPA symbols used in their entries.

Fourth, you can also find IPA symbols in other places, such as in transcripts of speeches or interviews. In these cases, the IPA symbols are usually written in angle brackets <> to show that they are not part of the regular text. For example, the word "cat" might be transcribed as "<kat>".

Finally, when learning IPA symbols, it is often helpful to practice writing them out. This will help you to remember what each symbol looks like and what sound it represents. You can find worksheets with IPA symbols online, or you can make your own.

Enter your text to be converted into IPA. (This converter is designed to convert a large text input, so it can handle several paragraphs at once.) Then, choose how the IPA displays: whether it will be shown instead of the text, underneath the text, or in parenthesis. There is also the option to turn the IPA version of your text into a PDF and create a printable worksheet.

So for this converter, the options are: 4

  • Just show the IPA.
  • Show the English with the IPA below.
  • Show the IPA with the English below.
  • Show the English text with the IPA in parenthesis.

By the way, we also have an IPA keyboard resource. Check it out if you want to type in IPA format yourself!




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