IPA symbols, How to type them
Typing IPA symbols is not always easy, especially when some people use PC and Windows and some use a Mac and OS X. Different browsers and fonts also complicate matters. And it also affects things when we want to print pages out, share files with others, or post our transcriptions in this blog.
In our class you will most likely want to include some phonetic symbols into the blog posts and comments. What follows is the “poor man’s” way of getting phonetic symbols. These methods can be typed directly into the blog posts or they can be typed in Word and then copied into the posts.
PC and Windows
There is a Character Map that has most, if not all of the phonetic symbols that are used for Spanish. To open up the Character Map go to Start and in the search box type character map.
If you are using Word, it is also possible to insert some phonetic symbols into your document. Go to Insert, choose Symbol, and from there you can chose a subset called IPA extensions.
Mac and OS X
There is a Character Palette that has most, if not all, of the phonetic symbols that are used for Spanish. To open the Character Palette click on the keyboard layouts (there is probably an American flag in the top right corner of your menu bar). From there click on Show Character Palette. You will want to select All Characters and then Symbols, and then Phonetic Symbols.
If you are using Word, it is also possible to insert phonetic symbols into your document. Go to Insert and select Symbols.
Another option that I like is to use the IPA Input Method. Here’s the URL:
If you do not want to do the “poor man’s” way of getting symbols, it is also possible to download IPA fonts in other ways. For further information, check out the Penn State web site: