Where can I find a comprehensive online resource for IPA transcriptions of the "official" pronunciation of German words?
www.pons.eu has IPA transcriptions and sound clips for words.
For example, for the word Familie that you mentioned, pons.eu says
Fa·mi·lie <-, -n> [faˈmi:li̯ə] NOUN f
I think the sound clips are computer generated though, as opposed to being recorded by a native speaker.
Thanks! Pons has a lot of transcriptions, and seems more reliable than Wiktionary as I haven't found any errors. Oct 30, 2011 at 20:12
Wiktionary has some, and so does the Duden. However, they are usually not present in dictionaries since German almost universally follows a fixed set of rules for pronunciation so there is generally no need to indicate it explicitly (except for loan words).
3My german dictionary (paper) has the IPA transcription... Now, it doesn't really matter what rules a give language has, IPA is always useful because it's pretty much unambiguous. :P– AlenannoMay 25, 2011 at 9:32
I've always been afraid of general rules. @Alenanno: Mine only has it for some words. May 25, 2011 at 11:15
@Tim: As I said, not all words have pronunciation hints, only those where pronunciation isn’t obvious from the rules. Your example, “Familie”, merely has a stress hint: “Fami͟lie”. Other words do have IPA transcripts, e.g. “Ketchup”: [ˈkɛt͜ʃap] Jun 3, 2011 at 12:14