Saturday, April 16, 2011

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EXTRA – IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet)

Challenge: Can you understand what I've written below?

Bigger Challenge: Can you reply to what I've said in the phonetic alphabet?

Type IPA Phonetic Symbols for English and Macmillian's Phonetic Chart with Audio


  1. Firstly, Bravo on the attempt. I teach phonetics to singers and actors, so thought I could add to your efforts!

    You need to add a dipthong when writing "I"

    So your phonetic would look more like "ai". You have currently chosen a neutral phonetic vowel sound, which is more used as a vowel shape in words like "the". Your articulators modify between the "a" and the "i" of "I", namely the tongue. This creates two vowel shapes morphed together.

    Likewise, consider dipthongs for the word "more", as there are 2 sounds to write down. When the articulators (lips) to form where the "r" would arrive in the word, "more", this abduction is actually a change in the vowel sound, so a neutral symbol can reflect this when writing.

    My analysis does not take account for regional accents, rather this is just standard RP pronunciation.

    Hope this helps...

  2. Thanks for the comments. I was working from my own accent so there were a few differences between my pronunciation and Received Pronunciation (RP, as we would see in the dictionary).

    Teaching phonetics to singers and actors sounds really interesting. Is it stage and theatre work? Do you also deal with how to project the voice to fill the room? I never really thought of actors and singers (native English speakers, I assume?) needing to learn the phonetics.

    Thanks for the support and the comment!

  3. /haha wɛɫ θɪs ɪz ə fju jiɚz leɪt bət ˈoʊwɛɫ/ /aĩm nɑt ðə bɛst æt θɪs bət aĩm lɚ̃nĩŋ/ ai wɪɫ seɪ θæt ju ʃʊd juz [ɫ] nɑt [l] wɛ̃n ɪt͡s nɑ wɚd ɪ̃ˈnɪʃəɫ soʊ jæ :)


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