IPA: The American Spoken English (ASE)

IPA is International Phonetic Alphabet. As a student, you should learn the IPA during studying pronunciation. They will tell you how to pronounce words you have never seen before. Instead of guessing what a word sounds like, use the dictionary to look up the word and read its IPA. No guessing needed. As a teacher, you should learn the IPA to help your students remember the sounds they have problems with. IPA will stop the spelling of the word from confusing you. Here are the phonemes of the standard American English that I have been using throughout my pronunciation teaching and training experience.  Print some copies and hand them out to your students.  Make sure you spend some time raising your students' awareness of the problematic consonants and vowels that are relevant to their linguistic background.

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CONSONANTS

p

peach

b

beach

s

rice

z

rise

t

to

d

do

better

f

life

v

live

k

back

g

bag

θ

bath

ð

bathe

ʒ

Asian

agent

m

some

n

son

ŋ

sung

ʃ

cash

catch

r

wrong

l

long

w

wet

j

yet

h

have

ʔ

that

 

VOWELS

i ː

seat

ɪ

sit

æ

bad

e

bed

ʌ

cut

ɑː

caught

ɔː

cord

coat

ʊ

foot

food

ɝ (US)

work

ə

about

ɚ (US)

lower

now

ɔɪ

boy

bay

bye