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Excel PHONETIC Function

Author: Zhoumandy Last Modified: 2022-08-22

The PHONETIC extracts the phonetic (furigana) characters from a text string.

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  • Reference (required): A text string, or a cell reference or cell range containing a phonetic string.

Return Value

The PHONETIC function returns a text value..

Function notes

  1. To use the PHONETIC function, you must configure your region setting as the Far East languages (Japanese, Chinese, and Korean).
  2. If the supplied reference argument is a range of cells, the furigana text string in the upper-left corner cell of the range will be returned./li>
  3. The #N/A error value occurs if the supplied reference argument is a range of nonadjacent cells.


As the below screenshot shows, cell B5 contains a text. To extract the phonetic (furigana) characters from cell B5, please do as follows.

Please copy the formula below into cell D5, then press the Enter key to get the result.


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  • Excel EXP Function
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