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? – MaryC.fromNZ Jul 30 '14 at 10:09
  • @MaryC.fromNZ which British accent does not have R sound when you say World ? – MAKZ Sep 23 '14 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) – ᆼᆺᆼ May 25 '16 at 23:45

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 '14 at 12:35

https://translate.google.co.uk/ just open this .

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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 '19 at 0:27

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