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Phonetic text just for standard American and British speech

Every EFL teacher needs to consciously know the sounds of standard American and British speech

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.

Language Engineering Co Ltd has therefore set itself the task of making a range of resources available to teachers featuring phonetic text. These resources are written in simplified S4 phonetic text rather than academic IPA phonetic text.

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 not easy.

Using the resources available on this website, teachers of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) can quickly obtain the information they need to teach proper pronunciation productively.


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