Got an English text and want to see how to pronounce it? This app will turn your English text into its phonetic transcription using International Phonetic Alphabet.
- See phonetic transcription of the whole text, not just the dictionary forms of separate words.
- Choose between British and American* pronunciation. When British dialect is selected the [r] sound at the end of the word is only voiced if followed by a vowel, which follows British phonetic convention.
- International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols used.
- The structure of the text and sentences in it (line breaks, punctuation marks, etc.) is preserved in phonetic transcription output making it easier to read.
- You can output the text and its phonetic transcription along each other line-by-line to make back-reference to the original text easier.
- An option to vary pronunciation depending on whether words are in stressed or weak position in the sentence, as in connected speech.
- In addition to commonly used vocabulary the database contains a very substantial amount of place names (including names of countries, their capitals, US states, UK counties), nationalities and popular names.
- Where a word has a number of possible pronunciations (highlighted in blue in the output) you can select the one that agrees with the context by tapping on it.
- Print out the output results, share via email or copy to pasteboard.
- Let the built-in speech synthesiser read your text out loud. Control the playback and follow IPA transcription of the current word with a highlight.
Gestures (IPA transcription screen):
1. Single tap
- Tap a word to set the cursor to it and speak it (you can mute/un-mute it with the button at your bottom-right).
- Tap in a blank space to stop speech and hide the cursor.
- Double-tap a word to open it in the built-in dictionary; if the word has multiple pronunciations you'll see the list of them first.
- Double-tap in a blank space to reset the font to the size set in iOS preferences.
3. Pinch in or out to make the text smaller or larger.
4. Start to slide horizontally to select a part of your text. The Speak button respects current selection.
*) American transcriptions are based on the open Carnegie Mellon University Pronouncing Dictionary.
- fine-tuning and performance optimisations;
- "copy original" item in the selection edit menu has been replaced with activity sheet for the original text corresponding to selection.
Version 2.0 of the app is a huge redesign, making the app much easier to use.
Transcription engine options (dialect and weak forms) are now accessible from the input screen.
Transcription presentation options are now accessible right from the IPA screen.
More importantly though, this update lays the groundwork for some of the most requested features that will follow pretty soon.
If you like the new version of the app, we would appreciate your feedback via the app or a review on the App Store.
- IPA character sets are dialect dependent now. We added Gimson's set to the British dialect. This will use character [e] instead of [ɛ].
- The app uses a dedicated audio session for speech synthesis now. No more "no sound bug", when you forget you've got the mute switch on.
- Much better LTR-language layout support.
- A few misbehaviour scenarios on later iOS versions has been fixed too.
- Dictionary updates as usual.