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I want to type in English words and have them translate into Hebrew but with an English phonetic spelling because I don't read Hebrew
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A few points to note;
  • Hebrew supports only IPA phonetic spelling
  • Translate is not a dictionary, hence phonetic spelling is not available.
  • Translate supports an audio pronunciation, however, this feature is cuntly not available in Hebrew.
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The original poster is asking for a transliteration. This is an awkward solution because it only benefits a person in the transliterated language and transliterations are wildly inconsistent (just think about how many spellings one can find for Hanukkah: chanuka, etc I need the English “h”or the “ch” actually is the guttural sound of the Hebrew word). A better option could be to allow an IPA (international pronunciation alphabet) rendering as if it were its own language like French, Polish, or Hebrew. thus, you could translate from Hebrew into IPA or translate from French into IPA.  Granted, you have to learn the IPA symbols but once that’s done there’s no question as to what the sound should be and the IPA symbols crossover various different language barriers and aren’t dependent on those language’s letters. Thus, with Hebrew, you could know how to pronounce a given word once you understood the IPA symbols.  Even when learning a primarily phonetic language like Hebrew, and IPA rendering would help with those words where the pronunciation doesn’t follow the general pattern.  

Suggestion for improvement to Google translate: please consider adding IPA as if it’s a distinct language so one could translate from a target language into IPA on Google translate.
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