A curiosity from the Guardian: the Ten best words the internet has given us. Think about it before you read the article … what would your ten be? Google? Phish? Spam? The joy of the article is that I bet you won’t predict more than two from the list. http://tinyurl.com/countbe
Here is a very simple tool to translate text into phonetic script http://www.phonetizer.com/ It allows for both British and American English. Incredibly simple to use and from what I can see effective. You will need to sign up for longer texts but for you and your students it is a very effecient transcriber for single words or short sentences. Could be particularly useful for students!