[IPA = Internationales Phonetisches Alphabet]

Does anyone know of a tool like this one that supports German?

For my purposes, the tool need not be free or web-based (though, if not web-based, it at least needs to run on Linux). It's OK if it works only from the Unix shell (command-line), or if it requires programming (i.e. if it is in the form of a module/package/library for some programming language).

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    You are aware that, in German, writing does to some degree determine pronunciation, but that there are quite some ambiguities?
    – tofro
    Commented Jul 7, 2018 at 11:13
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    @tofro: Yes, I'm aware of that, but I'm not sure I understand why you point this out.
    – kjo
    Commented Jul 7, 2018 at 11:18
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    I think that obvious: Ambiguity leads to loss of reliability. Such a tool cannot be perfect.
    – tofro
    Commented Jul 7, 2018 at 11:26
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    The question is not clear. What do you want? Do you want the programme to transcribe written German texts into IPA? Or do you want the programme to transcribe spoken language using the IPA notation? (Both is actually impossible, but it would anyway be interesting what you intended.) Commented Jul 8, 2018 at 9:52
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not a question about the German language. Commented Sep 30, 2019 at 21:09

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Here's one:


No idea about reliability or usefulness.

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    This is interesting as an experiment, but I would use it with caution. - I did only one test: I entered the simple word "Brotkorb", and it renders: b r ɔ t k ɔ r p - which is wrong. In standard German pronunciation the two "o" are distinctly different vowels, but the probramme stupidly puts ɔ everywhere. Also the first o needs to be long. Commented Jul 8, 2018 at 9:56

I don't know such a tool, but Wiktionary shows the pronunciation of every word as IPA-string. You find the pronunciation under the heading »Aussprache«.

Many words have different standard pronunciations in different regions, and some words also have two "global" standard pronunciations. Wiktionary lists some of them, but not all.

»Kaffee« on Wiktionary

IPA: [ˈkafe], auch, österreichisch nur: [kaˈfeː]

There is also another online resource, that has its focus on standard pronunciations in different regions. This is adaba.at. »Adaba« is an acronym for »Aussprachedatenbank« (pronunciation database). It shows the standard pronunciations for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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    I think that's the most reasonable answer one can give to that (problematic for various reasons) question. Commented Jul 8, 2018 at 9:53

Have you tried ipanow.com? It does Latin, Italian, German, and French.

  • Welcome to German SE. I haven’t tried ipanow myself, but they provide a short demonstration, and the IPA result looks a bit weird (at least for Latin and German).
    – Philipp
    Commented Oct 1, 2019 at 8:13

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