I am looking for a program running on Microsoft Windows that can give the pronunciation of a word when I click on it or press some keyboard shortcuts. I'm mostly interested in texts written in English. The pronunciation may be given either as a text (e.g., prəˌnənsēˈāSH(ə)n/) or sound.

Ideally it should work in any program, but it's okay if I have to paste the text in some specific window.

Any price or license is fine.

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One option would be to use a screen reader.

Several blind computer users have recommended Window-Eyes which is a highly customizable Windows screen reader. Multiple versions of Windows supported, (7-10, Vista, Server 2008/2012 both 32/64 bit).

It is paid for software but registered MS-Office 2010, and later users, can get it for free.

Interestingly on the latter web site they list British & English separately, presumably English is en-US and British is en-UK but no options for other variations of English and a limited number of other languages.


Another, (online), option would be to either use https://forvo.com/ directly, where you have a choice of pronunciation samples or via a dictionary application such as GoldenDict.

GoldenDict gives you:

  • Windows or Linux operation (Free software: GNU GPLv3+ license) or Android (Paid).
  • Portable, USB, Version (no pronunciation support).
  • Offline access to a number of offline dictionary formats, complete with support for pronunciation. Such as WordNet_3.0.
  • Access to a number of online dictionaries.
  • Support for multiple languages.
  • Translation dictionaries.
  • Hotkey bindings & Pop-Ups.
  • Thanks I forgot I had an account on forvo :-) forvo.com/user/FranckDernoncourt When issue with these two solutions is that one has to paste the word into some other the window. Commented May 16, 2017 at 2:42
  • @FranckDernoncourt If you start GoldenDict then minimise to the taskbar, (Alt-F4), it will pop-up with a selected words results based on a hotkey - default is ctrl-c-c so no need to paste. Commented May 16, 2017 at 7:25

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