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IPA Pronounciations
A little help for us noobs who don't can't read IPA?
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2014/03/04
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telemath
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Occasionally, I will find a new word that I’m not sure how to pronounce (today, it’s “acyrologia”). I can find the IPA pronounciation, but I don’t speak IPA.

Is there a website that will let me paste in the IPA and hear the word pronounced? My searches haven’t turned anything up.

2014/03/04
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2014/03/04
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polistra said
Here you go:

http://ipa.typeit.org/

This allows one to type IPA characters, but doesn’t appear to sound them out for me. I’m looking for something that can take existing IPA and provide an audio pronunciation of the word, so I can hear how to properly pronounce it.

2014/03/04
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Far be it from me to discourage you from learning at least basic IPA, because it’s so useful, but if you just want to hear a word pronounced, try Google’s Translate tool. In addition to the translation feature, there’s a little speaker icon below the text on both the source and target languages; click that and it pronounces the word or words you typed.

2014/03/04
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It looks like you have uncovered a gap. It would seem simple enough. Still, all the leads I uncovered flopped. Failing a digital solution, send the IPA to us and we’ll be able to give an analog assist.

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I tried a few online programs that were alleged to work, but none of them passed a simple test. The one that got the farthest was able to sound /kæt/ as cat, but when I tried the more challenging /kætʃəp/, a possible pronunciation of catsup / ketchup, it seemed to ignore the IPA symbols it didn’t recognize, specifically ʃə, and gave the disturbing rendering that sounded exactly like cat pee.

I call that a wild and flaming failure.

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