During English lessons we do a lot of practice trying to pronounce English sounds we are not familiar with. We’ve already learnt to recognize a few phonemes. Let’s see if you remember.
A dictionary gives you lots of information about words, not only their meaning but also, among other things, their pronunciation.
This monolingual on line dictionary gives you the chance to listen to how the word is pronounced.
When we cannot listen to the way words sound, we can look at the phonemic transcription of the word, that represents in writing how the word is pronounced. There is a way to represent how words are pronounced in different languages and that is using IPA, an acronym for International Phonetic Alphabet.
Each phoneme is given a symbol as the one we learnt in class /tʃ/
There are 26 letters in the English alphabet, but there are around 44 phonemes in Standard English. This means that letters cannot represent phonemes so other symbols are used.
Each phoneme is given a symbol so that the pronunciation of any English word can be represented in writing. Here is the English phonetic alphabet version of the International Phonetic Alphabet or IPA:
which is the underlined sound in the following 5 words? If you are not sure, go to the on line dictionary and check it.
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