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IPA Course: Reading and Writing Phonemic Script

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Part 1: Long Vowels /I: A: O: U: X:/

Reading & Recognition

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Work Sheet

Write the R.P. version of the following words in phonetic script. All of these words contain a long vowel.

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b)

Part 2: Short Vowels /i e a V o u/

Reading & Recognition

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Work Sheet

Write the following in phonetic script.

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b)
c)

Vowel Chart

This vowel chart represents where the tongue lies in relation to the openness of the mouth when you sound a vowel. So the back, closed vowel/U/ means that your tongue is relatively far back in the mouth which is in a closed position. Try saying it to yourself and then compare it with the open front sound in the diagram.

Vowel Chart

Part 3: Neutral vowel (schwah) /x/ and Primary Stress

Reading & Recognition

a) Primary Stress on 1st Syllable

  • Farmer
  • /~fA:mx/

  • Suffered
  • /~sVfxd/

  • Constant
  • /~konstxnt/

b) Primary Stress on 2nd Syllable

  • Agreed
  • /x~grI:d/

  • Connect
  • /kx~nekt/

  • Perceive
  • /px~sI:v/
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d)
e)

Work Sheet

Write the following in phonetic script.

Primary stress is on the tilde key (~).

a)
b)

Part 4: Closing Diphthongs

Reading & Recognition

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c)
d)

Work Sheet

Write the following in phonetic script.

a)
b)

Part 5

Reading & Recognition

a) Centring Diphthongs

  • Pier
  • /p6/

  • Cheer
  • /9c6/

  • Jeer
  • /C06/

  • Fear
  • /f6/

  • Near
  • /n6/

b) Affricates /0/,/9/

  • Bear
  • /b2/

  • Air
  • /2/

  • Sewer
  • /s8/

  • Lure
  • /l8/

  • Pure
  • /pj8/

c) Semivowels

  • Weir
  • /w6/

  • Wear
  • /w2/

d) Nasal 'ng'

  • Your
  • /jO:/

  • Young
  • /jVN/

e) Dental Fricatives

  • voiced
  • /T/

  • unvoiced
  • /H/

Work Sheet

Write the following in phonetic script.

Primary stress is on the tilde key (~).

a)

/ Tis HiN iz ~finiSt/

Written by S. Hirschhorn 1997
IPA True Type Font: ‘Phons V.7’ devised and created by S. Hirschhorn