With any language, ability to communicate verbally depends on
being able to pronounce and recognise its sounds. Some languages
are written phonetically but English is not. Conventional
English spelling is illogical, inconsistent and misleading.
This makes spoken English difficult to teach.
This website therefore provides a range of resources featuring
phonetic text for learners and teachers. These resources use
simplified S4 phonetic text rather than academic IPA phonetic
Learning the sounds of English without phonetic text as a prop
is like learning arithmetic without pencil and paper or playing
the piano without sheet music. It can
be done, but it is
Using the resources available on this website, learners and
teachers of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) can quickly
obtain the information they need to learn and teach mainstream
New Concept English 新概念英语 new
List of all the sounds of English
What's in it for me?
How good does
pronunciation need to be?
What is S4?
Is S4 "phonetic" or "phonemic"?
And what about
cockney and Received Pronunciation (RP) accents
Free files featuring phonetics - to download
Take a course?
Things you can do with S4
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