I mentioned this over six years ago, but at that time I seem to have thought it was nothing but an “IPA Phonetic Symbol Typer.” Now, looking more closely (having had it brought back to my attention by Stan at Sentence First, where you will find links to other, fancier IPA resources), I see that besides the English and full IPA keyboards, it has character sets for languages from Czech to Welsh, not to mention currency symbols. Guess I’ll add it to the Language resources section of the sidebar.


  1. I hope nobody makes a dreary joke about IPA = India Pale Ale.

  2. So it’s older than I thought. I like the variety in these tools: different ones will appeal to different people depending on their needs and visual preferences and so on.

  3. George Grady says

    Useful for short passages. But, unfortunately, it’s missing Greek.

  4. Yes, the lack of Greek puzzled and annoyed me.

  5. Bathrobe says

    It’s also missing Vietnamese.

  6. It appears that, with the sole exception of Russian, that Typeit is used mainly for languages with a modified Roman alphabet. It’s more puzzling to me why Russian is there than why Greek isn’t.
    Mystery solved: I just had a look at the “About” section. Two of the Typeit’s creator’s friends made the Russian keyboard on another site, so he appears to have included it on his site.
    Still, it’s a good question as to why Vietnamese isn’t included. My only guess might be that, as the creator is Polish and generally only included European languages, it just didn’t occur to him.

  7. I’ve just read my previous comment and probably should have written that, as the creator of the website is located in Europe and has included European languages in Typeit, it probably hadn’t occurred to him to include Vietnamese. His being Polish is irrelevant. Sorry about that.

  8. And has anyone created a site that helps a person learn IPA? I was hoping I could type a word in English and learn how it would appear in IPA notation. I’d gladly buy a pint of IPA for anyone who points me to that kind of tool for very very amateur linguists.

  9. While useful in principle, I find Typeit annoying for a quirky reason. One is intended to use the Typeit keyboard in either of two modes: mousing laboriously on the key-buttons, or typing on the real keyboard, whose keys have been re-purposed for the alphabet in question.
    Unfortunately, I use a Dvorak keyboard, and the keys are not where Typeit expects them to be. This renders keyboard mode almost useless.

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