Google.co.uk and google.com spell World in IPA differently. But if you press the speak button, both pronounce it as /wərld/ (AmEng).

See screenshot from

Google UK

and from


How can I make sure Google UK pronounces in British accent?

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    Which particular British accent did you have in mind - Cockney? Geordie? Scouse? Jul 30, 2014 at 10:09
  • @MaryC.fromNZ which British accent does not have R sound when you say World ?
    – MAKZ
    Sep 23, 2014 at 12:12
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    I used to get RP pronunciations before, but now it gives me something really strange-sounding. It might be worth checking that your browser is set to send en-GB in the Accept-Language header, and not just en. (Choose your preferred language for displaying web pages in Firefox's settings)
    – P Varga
    May 25, 2016 at 23:45

2 Answers 2


This is more of a workaround.

If you use the pronunciation function on https://translate.google.co.uk instead of just using the Google UK search bar, it will pronounce the word using the British accent.


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    This isn’t not working for me.
    – Alex
    Jul 30, 2014 at 12:35
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    Thanks! translate.google.co.uk is British, translate.google.bg uses British too. translate.google.as is American English. And my browser languages are set to en-gb, bg-bg. Mar 21, 2022 at 14:24
  • Thanks for your awesome answer, this works well: translate.google.co.uk
    – user163760
    Jul 25, 2022 at 9:07

As of July 2021 there isn't a way to change Google Translator's English voice to British on desktop version, however there is a little hack to achieve this: visit https://translate.google.co.uk/ (notice it ends of .uk, thus United Kingdom) and it will use British speech.

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    I think this was an useful answer, although it lacks a bit of context and is not explaining why this different Google domain would help people to listen the translation output using British English accent.
    – Miere
    Mar 25, 2019 at 0:27

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