This IPA keyboard allows you to type pronunciations of English words as they
appear in English dictionaries.
After you copy text from the above box and paste it into your word processor or e-mail message,
make sure you choose a Unicode font with IPA symbols in your word processor or e-mail application.
Otherwise, phonetic symbols may not display correctly.
Recommended IPA fonts available on various platforms:
The goal of the keyboard is to provide a way to enter IPA-based phonemic transcriptions, therefore
some of the more arcane symbols used in “narrow” phonetic transcriptions (such as ɦ or
ʍ) are not included. If you need this level of detail, use the full IPA keyboard.
ɪ̈ can be used to represent a “weak ɪ” (as in possible), which
usually sounds like something between ɪ and ə.
ʊ̈ can be used to represent a “weak ʊ” (as in education), which
usually sounds like something between ʊ and ə.
t̬ can be used to indicate places where a “flap t” is normally pronounced in American English. For example,
letter can be transcribed /ˈlet̬əʳ/.
ə can represent an optional ə (schwa) before a syllabic consonant,
as in button.
ɛ, ɹ, ɚ, ɝ, ɫ
and ɾ are not necessary in phonemic transcriptions, but are provided for those who might need them.
This page allows you to easily type phonetic transcriptions of English words in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). You can edit your text in the box and then copy it to your document, e-mail message, etc.
Press Ctrl with the appropriate letter. For example,
to type ɒ or ɔ, hold Ctrl and press O once or twice.
Stop the mouse over each button to learn its keyboard shortcut.
Alt + click a button to copy a single character to the clipboard.
You can select text and press Ctrl + C to copy it to your document. In your target document, press
Ctrl + V, or, if you want to paste the text without formatting, try Ctrl + Shift + V.
After pasting, you may need to choose an IPA-enabled font
(such as Lucida or Arial) in your target application to see all characters.