Type IPA phonetic symbols

This website lets you type words with symbols from the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), like these:

ʃ θ ʊ ʌ ʒ æ ɑ ð ə ɪ ŋ ɒ

You can then copy the IPA text to your document.

Another website (previously mentioned) converts your English text to IPA.


Learning the IPA

A post on All Things Linguistic says:

The International Phonetic Alphabet is really one of those useful life skills that everyone should learn. Trying to write about speech sounds without the IPA is like trying to write about music sounds by just making up your own musical notation.

The post provides three links:


Ls and Rs

Some non-native speakers of English appear to confuse L and R sounds. People from Japan are particularly famous for this. It is a stereotype sometimes used in films with Asian characters, such as Lost in Translation.

This video looks at the different L and R sounds in English (such as clear L, dark L, tapped R and bunched R) and why native speakers of Japanese, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese may have difficulty pronouncing them.

Source: Vox via All Things Linguistic



In the room the women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo.

ɪn ðə ruːm ðə ˈwɪmɪn kʌm ən gəʊ
ˈtɔːkɪŋ əv ˌmaɪkəˈlænʤələʊ.

toPhonetics converts English text to IPA phonetic transcription. Paste or type your text in the box, choose British or American pronunciation and decide whether to transcribe weak forms. For example (with British pronunciation and weak forms selected):

Learning resources from INTO University of East Anglia
ˈlɜːnɪŋ rɪˈzɔːsɪz frəm ˈɪntʊ ˌjuːnɪˈvɜːsɪti əv iːst ˈæŋglɪə

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From All Things Linguistic.