The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is the standardized system of phonetic notation used to represent speech sounds in written form. It was devised by the International Phonetic Association in the late 19th century and since then became the lingua franca of phonetics.
IPA is used by linguists, phoneticians, and foreign language students and teachers to indicate the pronunciation of words. You can find IPA in many dictionaries and textbooks.
Learning IPA is exciting and fun, but it can be challenging to remember the pronunciation of each symbol. For this reason, I've created the IPA to Speech tool that allows you to type in IPA and listen to the corresponding audio pronunciation. You can also use it to practice writing IPA transcriptions.
The tool uses the Google Cloud Text-to-Speech API, Amazon Polly, and Microsoft Azure Azure Cognitive Services Speech Service to generate the speech audio from the phonetic input. You can type IPA using the integrated on-screen virtual IPA keyboard that also shows the example words for each phoneme.
Whether you are a linguist, phonetician, foreign language student, or an IPA enthusiast, I hope you will find this tool useful.