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Note: Per WP:LEAD, do not use this template in the lead section for common English words (e.g., pub, rose, pencil, bus, Monday, Earth, etc.).

This template is used to display English International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). The pronunciation is broken into individual diaphonemes so that they will have tooltips (mouse-over text) to indicate pronunciation. All diaphonemes from Help:IPA/English are available.

The transcription system of Help:IPA/English, upon which this template relies, is diaphonemic, i.e. meant to cover multiple major varieties of English at once. If you wish to give a narrow transcription of a pronunciation in a certain variety of English, use {{IPA-endia}} or {{IPA-all}} instead.

The initial argument (entry after |) can be used to indicate a pronunciation prescript; link to IPA. The codes are:

Pronunciation & IPA link codes
Code Output
lang English:
local locally
ipa IPA:
also also
uk UK:
us US:
uklang British English:
uslang American English:
ukalso UK also
usalso US also
alsouk also UK:
alsous also US:

The first argument that is not a code above will be treated as a diaphoneme. All diaphonemes listed at Help:IPA/English are available (except the ones that span two syllables such as /aɪ.ər/, /iːər/ and /iə/, which need to be input as aɪ|.|ər, iː|ər and i|ə). Also available are /ɪəˈr/, /ɛəˈr/, /ʊəˈr/, /ɪəˌr/, /ɛəˌr/, and /ʊəˌr/, preserved for when a centering diphthong precedes a stress.

Separator codes
Use an underscore _ to separate words. When multiple pronunciations for the same word(s) are possible, use a comma and an underscore ,_ to separate the variants which will appear as a comma. As necessary, use a hyphen - to indicate omitted syllables. Diaphonemes are underlined, but separators are not, and separators do not have any tooltip text.

See the table below for a full list of diaphoneme codes.

The named parameter |audio= may be used to link to an audio file. By default, two links are created: one to the audio file itself and one to the File page. If the audio file is licensed as CC0 or public domain, you can use |attribution=no to make it only link to the audio file.


  • {{IPAc-en|ˌ|æ|l|ə|ˈ|b|æ|m|ə}}/ˌæləˈbæmə/
  • {{IPAc-en|audio=en-us-Alabama.ogg|ˌ|æ|l|ə|ˈ|b|æ|m|ə}}Lua error: expandTemplate: template "Template:IPA audio link" does not exist.
  • {{IPAc-en|US|audio=en-us-Alabama.ogg|ˌ|æ|l|ə|ˈ|b|æ|m|ə}}Lua error: expandTemplate: template "Template:IPA audio link" does not exist.
  • {{IPAc-en|US|audio=en-us-Alabama.ogg|attribution=no|ˌ|æ|l|ə|ˈ|b|æ|m|ə}}Lua error: expandTemplate: template "Template:IPA audio link" does not exist.

Examples using SAMPA spelling for individual diaphonemes:

  • {{IPAc-en|,|{|l|@|'|b|{|m|@}}/ˌæləˈbæmə/
  • {{IPAc-en|lang|audio=en-us-Alabama.ogg|,|{|l|@|'|b|{|m|@}}Lua error: expandTemplate: template "Template:IPA audio link" does not exist.

If "[invalid input]" is displayed, it means that an unsupported input was used. Such instances are tallied at Category:Ill-formatted IPAc-en transclusions, where they can be reviewed and fixed.

Notations with audio links will appear under Category:Pages including recorded pronunciations.


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Template parameters

This template prefers inline formatting of parameters.

Audio fileaudio

The audio file without the "File:" prefix

Attribution linkattribution

Set attribution to "no" to only display a speaker icon that links directly to the audio file (with no link to the File page).


See also[edit]

Template:IPA templates