Dictionary Pronunciation Guide and Beginners First Learning
Revised 22 November 2010
A good pronunciation dictionary is needed for beginners and English-learners, leading into a Spelling Gide ABC.
Set out with the International Phonetic Alphabet to give the international standard.
Letters and sounds illustrated in comic format
English Spelling Rules on One Page, has a Dictionary Pronunciation Key leading into the first sound-symbol relationships learned by beginners.The BBC Text Spelling Guide to Pronunciation needs only three amendments to be suitable -
Some differences for long vowels, which in the Dictionary Guide (Diktionri Gìd) uses simple à è ì ò ù for long vowels as pairs with the ‘short’ vowels a e i o u;
Unstressed vowels are not spelled with ‘uh’
Unexpected stress can be indicated by doubled consonants, as in umbrella, not by acute accents, to avoid confusion with the grave accents on long vowels.
See Tables for a tabular setting out. See letters for pictorial guides to vowels and consanants
b as in bat, ch as in church, d as in day, f as in fat, g as in get,h as in hat , hl as in Welsh llan, j as in jump, k as in king (c is also possible as an alturnativ as in present spelling), kh as in Scottish loch or German ich, l as in leg, m as in man, n as in not, ng as in sing, ngg as in finger, nk as in thank , p as in pen, r as in red, s as in sit ,sh as in shop, t as in top, th as in the, tth as in thin (tth can be used when needed for lerners, but is generally not necessary) v as in van, w as in will, y as in yes, z as in zebra, zh as in mezher/measure.
The spelling gide ABC for lerners to use has th for both this and thing.
a as in hat, e as in get, i as in sit ,o as in top, u as in cup,
arr as in marry, err as in merry irr as in mirror,orr as in sorryurr as in hurry
ay as in day or bàsis, ee as in meet or mèdium, ie as in pie or igh as in high or mìnd, oe as in toe or oa as in boat or gòld or boat, ue as in due (or ew as in new or mùsic) (i.e. other options when beginners move on from first learning)
aa as in father, ar as in bar, er (unstressed) and ur (stressed) as in perturb and further, air as in hair, au as in taut,(alternative aw as in law) or as in corn
ou as in out (alternative ow as in cow), oi as in boil (alternative oy as in boy ), oo as in boot, uu as in book
The spelling gide ABC for lerners to use has oo for both boot and book.
The next step
Learners then move quickly from these basic sound-symbol relationships into the Spelling Gide they can use themselves, plus 36 irregular words to learn by rote, and the morfo-fonemic modifications that make English Spelling Rules on One Page so close to the appearance of present spelling, including extra letters c, qu and x.
Why flexibl and optionl spellings during transition? Basicly, according to what the market wil bear. A start can be made.
Examples of texts in Spelling-Rules-on-one-page, Fastr Spelng, and Dictionary Pronunciation Guid Speling
|In a vilaj in La Mancha in Spain, of which I cannot remember the name, ther livd not long ago one of those òld-fashond jentlmen, who ar never without a lans upon a stand, an òld shèld, a thin hors and a grayhound. He ate beef mor than muton; and, with minsd meat on mòst nights, lentils on Frìdays, and a pijon on Sundays, he consùmed three-qorters of his income. The rest was spent on a plush coat, velvet briches with velvet sliprs, for holidays ; and a sute of the best homespun cloth, which he gave himself for wurking-days. His family was a houskeeper something over forty, a nese not twenty, and a man that servd in the hous and in the fèld. The master himself was nearly fifty years òld, with a helthy and strong complexion, lean-bodyd and thin-fased, an erly rizer, and a luvr of hunting. Some say his surname was Quixada, ie. 'lantern-jaws', tho this dus not matr much to us, as long as we keep strictly to the trùth in every point of this history
||In a vilaj in La Mancha in Spain, of wich I cannot remembr th nàm, ther livd not long ago one of thòs òld-fashond jentlmen, who ar nevr without a lans upon a stand, an òld shèld, a thin hors and a grayhound. He àt bèf mor than mutn; and, with minsd mèt on mòst nìts, lentls on Frìdays, and a pijn on Sundays, he consùmd thrè-qortrs of his incom. The rest was spent on a plush còt, velvt brichs with velvt sliprs, for holidays ; and a sùt of the best hòmspun cloth, which he gàv himself for wurkng-days. His famly was a houskèper somthing òver forty, a nès not twenty, and a man that servd in the hous and in the fèld. Th mastr himself was nearly fifty years òld, with a helthy and strong complexion, lèn-bodyd and thin-fàsd, an erly rìzr, and a luvr of huntng. Some say his surnàm was Quixada, ie. 'lantrn-jaws', tho this dus not matr much to us, as long as we kèp strictly to th trùth in evry point of this histry.
(In italics ar the slurrd silabls.)
In a vil-aj in La Manch-a in Spàn, ov wich I can-not re-mem-ber the nàm, ther livd not long a-gò wun ov thòz òld-fash-ond jent-l-men, hoo ar nev-er with-out a lans upon a stand, an òld shèld, a thin hors and a grà-hound. Hè àt bèf mor than mut-on; and, with minsd mèt on mòst nìts, lent-ils on Fridàz, and a pij-on on Sundàz, hè con-sùmd three-kwort-ers of hiz in-cum. The rest woz spent on a plush còt, velv-et brich-es with velv-et slip-erz, for hol-i-dàz ; and a sùt ov the best hòm-spun cloth, wich hè gàv him-self for wurk-ing-dàz. His fam-li woz a hous-keep-er som-thing òv-er fort-i, a nès not twent-i, and a man that servd in the hous and in the fèld. The mast-er him-self woz nèr-li fift-i yèrz òld, with a helth-i and strong com-plex-ion, lèn-bod-id and thin-fàsd, an erl-i rìz-er, and a luv-er ov hunt-ing. Som sà his sur-nàm woz Kwiks-a-da, ie. 'lant-ern-jauz', tho this duz not mat-er much too us, az long az wè kèp strict-li too the trùth in ever-i point ov this hist-ory.
TH BÙTIFL PRINSESS story
Half the words in this story hav irregùlr spelling in our present system, so this story demonstràts the maximum text chanjes requird for reform.
|Once upon a tìm, the bùtiful dauter of a gràt majisn wonted mor perls tu puut amung her trezùrs. "Luuk thru the senter of the moon when it is blu," sed her muther in anser to her qestion. "U mìt fìnd yr hart's dezìr."Th prinsess lafd, becauz she douted thèz wurds. Insted, she ùzd her imajinàsion, and mùvd intu the fotografy bisnes, and tuuk pictùrs of the moon in culor. "I persèv mòst sertinly that it is almòst hòly wìt," she thaut. She also found that she could màk enuf muny in àt munths tu bì herself tuw lovly hùj nù jùels too.
||Once upon a tìm, th bùtifl dautr of a gràt majisn wontd mor perls t puut amung her trezùrs. "Luuk thru th sentr of th moon when it is blu," sed her muthr in ansr to her qestion. "U mìt fìnd yr hart's dezìr."Th prinsess lafd, becoz she doutd thèz wurds. Insted, she ùzd her imajinàsn, and mùvd intu the fotografy bisnes, and tuuk pictùrs of th moon in culr. "I persèv mòst sertnly that it is almòst hòly wìt," she thaut. She also found that she cd màk enuf muny in àt munths tu bì herself tuw lovly hùj nù jùels too.
||Wuns u-pon a tìm, the bùt-i-fuul daut-er ov a gràt maj-ish-an wont-ed mor perlz too puut a-mung her trezh-erz. "Luuk thrù the sent-er ov the moon when it iz bloo," sed her muth-er in ans-er too her kwes-chon. "U mìt fìnd yor hart's dez-ìer."The prins-ess lafd, be-coz she dout-ed thèz wurdz. In-sted, she ùzd her i-maj-in-à-shon, and moovd in-too the fot-o-graf-i bis-nes, and tuuk pic-tùrz ov the moon in cul-or. "I per-sèv mòst sert-in-li that it is al-mòst hòl-i wìe," she thaut. She aul-sò found that she cuud màk e-nuf mun-i in àt munths too bì her-self too lov-li hùj nù jùelz too.
A SurplusCut version is 8.3% shortr. Fastr Spelling is 15.4% shortr, and changes 8% of letrs, apart from adding gravmarks. The spelling 'uu' for the vowel sound as in 'book' is a sujestion, and a betr solution may be found.
31 comon wurds and the affix -tion remain unchanged.
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