Most of these books are sold for around 3
euros depending on the country. Two of them are free. If you
just want to see what can be done with phonetic text for
teaching English as a foreign language, I suggest a you start
with Social English Live which is free of charge (below). You
can see a few pages of all the books for free at Apple Books.
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A proper explanation of how verbs are conjugated in English, based on Grammar of Spoken English by the brilliant Harold Palmer, with extensive use of S4 simplified phonetic script.
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One of the most important things for the student of English to know is what to say on encountering a native speaker. Confidently saying the right thing at the right moment is the way to make a good first impression, and it is first impressions that are the ones that are remembered. The questions and answers that are exchanged in meeting and greeting are basically ritualised: they need to be learnt.
This book covers introductions, visiting people`s homes, small talk, going out in the evening and socialising at work.
This new version of Social English by Ken Wilson is written in S4 phonetic text so that the learner knows not only what to say but also how to pronounce it. The dialogues correspond to British English, hence the crown symbol on the pages.
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Forty eight Aesop's fables written in phonetic text.
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Poem The Aged, Aged Man by Lewis Carroll in phonetic text. This poem is a parody by Lewis Carroll of "Resolution and Independence" by William Wordsworth. Its full text in conventional spelling and information about its background can be found in Wikipedia. Carroll’s choice of words and rhyme is masterly. And the theme of not listening to other people’s problems, until they mention something that interests the listener directly, is a bittersweet and powerful one. If English is not your native language and you would like to improve your pronunciation of the sounds of English and your flow of speech, read the phonetic text until your delivery is smooth and accurate. This text can also be profitably used in a teaching situation.
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This book give gives all the sounds used in standard English as spoken in Britain and America. A video clip shows the mouth position for each sound.
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This book covers all the sounds used in standard English, using Simplified Standard Sound Symbols (S4) to present them. Four audio clip examples are given for each sound.
S4 is a cut-down version of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Its target is Pan-English, with the ability to accommodate both standard British and standard American pronunciation.
Using standard pronunciation is like using standard spelling: if you don't use it you won't be understood.
Every student of English as a foreign language needs to master the 47 sounds listed here.
This version is for Spanish speakers.
Get Learn English Pronunciation (for Spanish Speakers)
This ebook covers all the sounds used in standard English, using Simplified Standard Sound Symbols (S4) to present them. Four audio clip examples are given for each sound.
S4 is a cut-down version of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Its target is Pan-English, with the ability to accommodate both standard British and standard American pronunciation. Using standard pronunciation is like using standard spelling: if you don't use it you won't be understood. Every student of English as a foreign language needs to master the 47 sounds listed here.
This version is for French speakers.
Get Learn English Pronunciation (for French Speakers)
This book is designed to help young children learn the sounds of the English language, from the outset.
An adult can read to a child from the iBook, or play the recordings of the nursery rhymes, showing how the phonetic text corresponds to speech. The goals are:
to familiarize the child with sounds of English, showing the phonetic text as the rhyme unfolds, to learn the nursery rhymes by heart. The conventional spelling of the rhyme can be displayed by pressing the ABC button.
All the rhymes are narrated in British pronunciation.
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The best way to learn English is to begin by pronouncing the sounds correctly from the start. This book will enable your child to do so. It contains twenty five traditional short rhymes with an audio recording, an attractive picture, a phonetic transcription, the traditional spelling and a Chinese translation for each. Read them to your child, show the transcription and listen to the audio recording. The next stage is to learn the rhymes by heart. Give your child a head start!
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This is a book that I published that has nothing to do with phonetics, but it is a good read and contains fascinating insights, do have a look. Here is the cover blurb:
This is an adventure novel set in depopulated post-virus France near Paris. It begins with a young AI engineer in an isolated township winning a sexbot android in a phony lottery. He just can't keep himself from tampering with its brain to make it more intelligent. This is strictly against the rules and he gets into a lot of trouble. Then he gets caught up in inter-township politics, leading to an unexpected ending. The thing is that he just can't do subjective, only objective. He thinks he is intelligent and insightful, but other people think he is conceited and boring. He has a sneaking jealousy of un-intellectual people who seem to wander through life with their eyes down perfectly happily. He thinks Zen Buddhism may offer an answer. Anyway, all this becomes moot when he finds he can't live without the Anna he has created.
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