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Are there any tools that can convert an entire webpage from characters into either Pinyin or Zhuyin Fuhao?

Ideally something like Google Translate. So perhaps a website where I enter the URL of the page I want converted. Or a browser extension that allows me to convert whichever page is currently displayed in the tab or window.

I don't mind if it does only pinyin or zhuyin, but one that handles both would be great.

Something like this is handy when you want to focus on learning or practicing words and phrases, comprehension, etc when you don't know all the characters, especially when you don't have any speakers to practice with.

(Yes I know there are all kinds of tools that can pop up the pronunciation of an individual word or character in running text in the browser. Or where you can cut and paste plain text. For the purposes of this question I'm only asking about full-page conversion please.)

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The resource CW mentions a tool that will convert any body of text as described above and a web browser add-on that will allow you to covert it on any character you hover on –  50-3 Feb 12 at 6:49
    
@50-3: Really. I just read through it and can't find it. What's its name? As I specifically mentioned, for this question I don't want tools which just convert the character you're hovering over. –  hippietrail Feb 12 at 7:00
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pin1yin1.com just copy and paste –  50-3 Feb 12 at 7:01
    
I specifically don't want copy and paste. I want to see the web page just how it was but with the text converted. Just like with Google Translate. I'll make the question more specific. –  hippietrail Feb 12 at 7:05

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To PinYin

Please use: Chinese version of word or WPS, in word you can see: 用鼠标选中需要注音的文字(拖黑)——格式——中文版式——拼音(Word2003,XP……) for Word2007 or above version, switch to "Home" page and then click this:enter image description here

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WPS looks a little difficult for a beginner at Chinese to use. I can't even tell if it's a website or something to download and install. –  hippietrail Feb 12 at 7:25
    
What about Chinese Word? Maybe you can consider using multpile languages to compare to learn;) –  CA55CE37 Feb 12 at 8:33
    
In my case I don't own and can't afford to buy Chinese Word, but it might be the solution for other people that want to achieve the same goal. –  hippietrail Feb 12 at 8:44
    
Haha……Hope Microsoft or someone publishes a on-line tool;) –  CA55CE37 Feb 14 at 2:55

Sorry pal, I don't think such software exist for a simple reason of exponential combination process.

Chinese pronunciation has so many rules. Add on top of that, there are "occasional" special cases which may be frequent in usage. I gave it a minutes and I couldn't see how such a software could be designed to translate Chinese text to sound symbol.

The software will have to focus on character, word, phrase, context, even implication of the phrase into account as all these affect the sound, especially punctuation. I'm sorry to say even we software guys are good at abstracting logic, this is simply too much :(

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Well if you proved the tool I want can't exist you have also proved that Google Translate doesn't exist. I'm not expecting something 100% perfect. These difficulties have been specifically addressed in the field of Natural Language processing. –  hippietrail Feb 13 at 14:52
    
@hippietrail Google Translate can't translate whole page to sound symbols. Grammar and lexical analysis issue has been addressed in NL processing but not sound analysis. I'm not saying translating the page is impossible but figuring out each single character's correct pronunciation is quite more complex. –  Xephon Feb 13 at 15:50
    
For many languages, including languages with ambiguous writing systems and including Chinese, you can click on the Ä icon and you will get a transliteration of everything that was translated. Click on the little speaker icon and it will even speak the translation aloud. All I want is the transliterated text all inline instead of below the text box. –  hippietrail Feb 13 at 16:04
    
@hippietrail I understand what you want. Trust me, I understand how that works in both software and linguistic perspective. What I'm trying to say is that the Pinyin or Zhuyin may change due to context and/or phrases around a given translation unit/point. Punctuations may change the sound as well to reflect different implications especially if the text is a "recording" of conversation. This is merely too much for the software to process in a big chunk. If you give a few sentences, it might be okay. Not so if you give a whole page. –  Xephon Feb 13 at 16:09
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@Xephon There's thousands of services doing it for inputted text, there's no reason why it wouldn't work for websites. Sure there might be flaws, but that's only natural for a free online translation tool. –  Niklas Berglund Feb 13 at 19:35

http://hanyu.iciba.com/pinyin.html and http://www.ifreesite.com/phonetic/

These websites may do the work, but only for plain text.

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http://xh.5156edu.com/conversion.html

copy the text that you want to convert and paste it in in the upper box, click on "查拼音" and you'll get the pinyin in the lower box.

hope this help

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As I tried to make clear in the question, "For the purposes of this question I'm only asking about full-page conversion please". Apologies if I failed to make it clear enough. –  hippietrail Mar 12 at 6:50

google translate is the best one. copy your words and paste to google translate

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As I tried to make clear in the question, "For the purposes of this question I'm only asking about full-page conversion please". Apologies if I failed to make it clear enough. –  hippietrail Apr 14 at 6:35

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