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Phonetics is the branch of linguistics that deals with the sounds of speech and their production, combination, description, and representation by written symbols.
The best representation of written symbols is found in the International Phonetic Alphabet.
The International Phonetic Alphabet is used in the English Pronunciation in Use series and in the Cambridge Online Dictionary.
Phonetic Transcription Exercises helps students deal with the mental aspect of pronunciation.
- House = /hɑʊs/
- Faint= /feɪnt/
- Speak = /spiːk/
I always indicate that at first you have to figure out what sounds made up a word and then you have to worry about how to produce and imitate those sounds.
Remember that pronunciation is a mental and physical exercise, you have to know the symbols (mental) and you have to learn how to produce them (physical)
Phonetic Transcription Practice
Before you start transcribing these words phonetically, remember to be consistent with the symbols you use for the transcriptions.
I recommend using the International Phonetic Alphabet which is used in these resources:
If you aren’t sure if you got one of the words from the list correct, you can use the Cambridge Online Dictionary to verify the results yourself.
Phonetic Exercises #1
This is one activity that promote critical thinking.
You have to write words that have only the sounds found in the chart.
|Consonant Sounds||Vowel and Diphtong Sounds|
|/ f /||/ eɪ /|
|/ n /||/ ɪə /|
|/ θ /||/ əʊ /|
|/ s /||/ e /|
|/ t /||/ aɪ /|
|/ k /||/ ɔː /|
|/ p /||/ aʊ /|
Phonetic Exercises – Answer
This is a list of words that I could think of. as you can see, all words only have sounds found in the previous chart.
You can easily create your own to practice, you just have to think about a combination of vowel, consonant and diphthong sounds and you set yourself for a good critical thinking activity.
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