Monday, September 8, 2008

International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)

You have just reviews a stack of vocabulary flashcards. You know what each and every word means. You can use it correctly in a SAT essay. Problem: you have not idea how to pronounce the million dollar word.

You check the dictionary. There are phonetic symbols, but you're not exactly sure which sound goes with which symbol, because different dictionaries use different symbol sets.

You could use web resources, such as Merriam Webster (which has audio for most words) or carry around electronic dictonary, slowly evolving into a half-human, half machine.
Instead, you decide to pull-the-plug and learn the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

IPA--English from UIowa (audio with animation--cool!) (Spanish) (German)

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