Phonetic Keyboards is a vital tool for language learners, teachers, linguists, speech pathologists, actors, & singers. Practical and intuitive, the app features free & premium keyboard layouts to allow phonetic transcription in any iPhone or iPad app.

Designed by Daniel Sommer, a pronunciation coach, classical musician, and teacher, Phonetic Keyboards allows for easy orthographic and phonetic input on iOS devices. The full suite of characters includes IPA symbols as published by the International Phonetic Association as well as phonetic symbols found in popular dictionaries and language learning materials – even retired IPA symbols.

In addition, the French, German, Italian, Russian (Cyrillic), and Spanish keyboards are laid out with attention given to the relationships between orthography (spelling) and sound. The Russian Phonetic Keyboard (Cyrillic) includes characters for scholarly and modern transliteration in addition to phonetic symbols.

Special Note on the Russian Phonetic Keyboard (Cyrillic): There is sometimes a conflation of the English terms "Phonetic Transcription" and "Transliteration". Each character of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) represents one spoken sound and is used for phonetic transcription. The transliteration system used for Cyrillic to Romanized spelling is orthographic, and not entirely phonetic. For example, "готов" can be transliterated as "gotov." However the sounds of the two transliterated "o" vowels are different and revealed in the phonetic transcription [ɡɐtof]. There are different accepted practices for phonetic transcription and transliteration. This app does not adhere to any one method; instead, the characters for modern and traditional transliteration, as well as the IPA are available for the user to select and type manually as he or she sees fit.

This keyboard does not automatically transliterate the Cyrillic into Romanized character. The layout of the Cyrillic characters mirrors the iOS Russian keyboard. Please test the keyboard to make sure it fits your needs before purchasing the PRO version.

Advanced features include:
-Compatibility with all iPhone and iPad apps
-Keyboard layouts arranged like a standard keyboard for the selected language
-Charis SIL font that beautifully renders every character and symbol, making it easy to see clearly even the smallest diacritical marking

10 Keyboards Available:
-Phonetic Keyboard Lite (free)
-Complete IPA Keyboard
-English Phonetic Keyboard
-French Phonetic Keyboard (AZERTY)
-French Phonetic Keyboard (QWERTY)
-German Phonetic Keyboard
-Italian Phonetic Keyboard
-Russian Phonetic Keyboard (Cyrillic)
-Russian Phonetic Keyboard (Roman)
-Spanish Phonetic Keyboard

What’s New

Version 1.1

UI Updates

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Programmer4 ,

Please rename IPA keyboard

This is great! I wish it would come up under the search results for IPA keyboard, however.

das Klangideal ,

Great tool for singers, diction specialists, and phoneticians!!!

What a breakthrough! Very well done!

gewashburn ,

"Phonetic" may be a misnomer for Russian

In the Apple world, "phonetic keyboard" means that the sounds between two languages are approximate transliterations of the other. I refer you to the phonetic Russian keyboard on the Macintosh, which does exactly that: typing д yields d; б yields b, etc. I was looking for the same thing on iOS, and hoped that your keyboard would fill that niche. Alas, no. I would be very happy to pay for this functionality, and think it would be relatively simple for you (the programmers) to pull off. Until such time, I suggest you rename your Russian phonetic keyboard something else, because it's inconsistent with Apple taxonomy—and consumer expectations!
I did, however, tinker with your IPA keyboard and found it most useful.


Daniel Sommer
26.8 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
Copyright © 2016 Daniel Sommer


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