International Phonetic Alphabet

November 30, 2009

Phonetic Alphabet sounds
http://www.antimoon.com/how/pronunc-soundsipa.htm

Unicode entity codes for phonetic symbols
http://tlt.its.psu.edu/suggestions/international/bylanguage/ipachart.html

PDF file for Phonetic Alphabet Reference
http://www.antimoon.com/misc/phonchart2008.pdf

PDF IPA Chart
http://web.uvic.ca/ling/resources/ipa/charts/IPA_chart_(C)2005.pdf

IPA Software Download
http://www.davidmontero.net/Linguistics.php

Fantastic Flash IPA with sound and interactivity
http://www.yorku.ca/earmstro/ipa/

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English Language Fun

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I feel sorry for my students who are trying to learn this crazy language. Here’s some examples of how messed up the language can get.

  • The bandage was wound around the wound.
  • The farm was used to produce produce.
  • The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse
  • We must polish the Polish furniture.
  • He could lead if he would get the lead out.
  • The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
  • Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
  • A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
  • When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
  • I did not object to the object.
  • The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
  • There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
  • They were too close to the door to close it.
  • The buck does funny things when the does are present.
  • A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
  • To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
  • The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
  • After a number of injections my jaw got number.
  • Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
  • I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
  • How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?