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How do you use a phonetic converter?

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Use a phonetic converter, such as those provided by EasyPronunciation.com or CSGNetwork.com, by typing or pasting the desired text into the submission box on each website. Click Translate on the latter site, or complete the CAPTCHA arithmetic and click Submit on the former, for a phonetic transcription of the target text.

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The CSGNetwork.com converter takes the letter of each word in the target text and translates it according to the site's "International Phonetic Translation Table." A word, which is either a proper or common noun, represents each letter. The text "This is a test," for example, transcribes into the phrase "Tango Hotel India Sierra [space] India Sierra [space] Alpha [space] Tango Echo Sierra Tango Dot."

The resulting phonetic transcription of the EasyPronunciation.com converter, available in British and American English variants, spells out each word of the target text using the International Phonetic Alphabet. This system of phonetic notation, first developed in the late 19th century by British and French linguists, formalizes a symbol for every sound, called a phoneme, in every extant human language.

The IPA is divided into four major symbol groups: pulmonic consonants, non-pulmonic consonants, vowels and other symbols. The first category describes sounds made with the mouth and tongue using airflow, while the second omits expiration. A chart that uses tongue position and mouth gape as reference points describes vowel sounds.

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