There’s never been a more effective and exciting way to learn the International Phonetic Alphabet than with Interactive IPA, a unique interactive demonstration of phonetics. By allowing you to click on any IPA symbol and instantly hear it and learn more about it, this app will expand your knowledge and comprehension of phonetics.
The app is brought to you, and voiced, by Paul Meier, a theatre professor specializing in voice, speech, accents and dialects, phonetics, heightened text, and Shakespeare; a renowned dialect coach for theatre and film; and a voice-over artist with many commercials and audio books to his credit. This has been his calling for more than 40 years, in his native London, in the United States where he is now based, and all over the world. He holds a first-class Certificate of Proficiency from the International Phonetic Association.
Among many of the famous directors with whom Meier has worked is Oscar winner Ang Lee, who says, “Paul [is] invaluable in maintaining dialect and ensuring clean, clear speech. … He has a great feel for the language, … and Paul’s contribution [to my film] through speech, voice, and dialect was crucial.”
In addition to the official IPA charts, this app presents one extra chart of Meier’s own devising: diphthongs and triphthongs of American and British English. The app is designed by Scott Means, based upon the official charts of the International Phonetics Association and an original interactive design by Eric Armstrong.
This updated version corrects some sound files that were unplayable on certain devices and improves the overall graphic display of the app.
Ratings and Reviews
Not quite what I was hoping for
As a speech-language pathology student, I am taking phonetics and thought this app would help me with that course. My biggest disappointment with this app is that I have to have the headphones in to hear any sound (when I take the headphones out I turn the sound all the way up and cannot hear a thing). Even with the headphones in and the sound turned all the way up it is still not very loud. To me this app would be more useful if it included examples of words for each phoneme.
This App is a game changer
Paul Meier has designed and developed an app appears to be a true game changer in the field of learning and understanding the nuances and subtleties of dialect. Even though I do not earn my keep as a voice actor or artist, the small amount of work I have done in this field give me the ability to truly appreciate what a remarkable tool the Interactive IPA is. The variances in how we orally express our thoughts and communications is fascinating when we study and contemplate them beyond simply noticing a different accent or dialect. Dr. Meier has provided the user with the ability to listen to these variances in a way that informs and deepens the understanding of how we talk. I have enjoyed using this app as a means of exploration as well as a valuable tool to prepare for a role or voicing task.
Great tool for actors, accent coaches, directors, etc.!
This app by noted dialect/accent/Original Pronunciation and Shakespeare guru Paul Meier, fills a huge void-it’s the best and frankly, the only quality resource for this material on the iTunes store and I’ve used most of the other apps of this kind.
It’s an essential tool for those requiring a portable reference of this material. The detailed presentation of all areas of the standard IPA chart is top-notch. An added bonus is the ability to compare British and American English in the diphthong section and the extensive presentation of diacritics-a critical feature in IPA transcription.
There are many other resources by Paul on iTunes for actors/directors/coaches, etc., interested in dialects and accents of English. Do yourself a favor and check them out!
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- Paul Meier Dialect Services, LC, Apps
- 10.3 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- © 2020 Paul Meier Dialect Services, LC
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.