The Phonetics Symbols Course – Lesson 1

The Phonetics Symbols Course - Lesson 1

This video course has been prepared to give language students a powerful tool for speaking English well. The videos aim to identify and help with the pronunciation of the 39 phonetic symbols of the English language. Listen to the videos and repeat when prompted. You will learn the symbols quickly and easily.

You may read more about the use of phonetics in my article ‘Why Phonetics?
You can also use this knowledge for courses at VirtuAule English Language System.

3 thoughts on “The Phonetics Symbols Course – Lesson 1

  1. Dear All,
    Its very urgent, could you please match the following sentences to the words mentioned below. I have an exam tomorrow, I do need to submit this by 2 in the afternoon central European time please.

    phonology ,phoneme, diphthong, word stress, sentence stress, phonetics, pitch, vowel consonant ,intonation,
    The study of speech sounds, how and where they are made, and how they are perceived:

    The smallest unit of sound in a language which can distinguish two words, e.g. /p/ and /b/ make pit and bit recognizable as different words
    A speech-sound where the airstream is partially or completely blocked, or forced through a narrow opening so that it escapes with audible friction, e.g. /p/, /t/:


    A speech sound often considered one vowel in a language, but actually involving one vowel gliding into another, e.g. in British my, the sound of the y is made by /a/ gliding into /I/:
    The way in which the voice goes up and down in the course of an utterance:
    The study of the distinct sound units of a language, combinations of sounds, stress and intonation:
    The pronunciation of a syllable with more force than the surrounding ones, e.g. in British convenience the ven syllable sounds stronger than the other two:
    The pronunciation of a word or words with more force than the surrounding words:

    The relative height of speech sounds as perceived by the listener:

    A speech sound in which the airstream is not blocked, and which is usually pronounced with vibration of the vocal cords, e.g. /i:/, /æ/:

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