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    British English IPA sounds

    I am looking for a good set of British English IPA sounds. The few I have found aren't very clear. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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    Re: British English IPA sounds

    Quote Originally Posted by teachenglish1 View Post
    I am looking for a good set of British English IPA sounds. The few I have found aren't very clear. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
    There are several on the web, but these may be among the ones you have found unclear. There's a very good one (with example words, rather than disembodied sounds) on the CD-ROM that comes with New Cutting Edge (Upper-Int) (ISBN 1-405-85230-5).

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    Re: British English IPA sounds

    Thanks. I will try to get hold of that cd-rom, although I don't want the book.

    Do you know if where I can just purchase the cd-rom?


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    Question Re: British English IPA sounds

    what is APA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdear View Post
    what is IPA?
    I'm guessing the P stands for pronunciation.


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    Re: British English IPA sounds

    The IPA is the International Phonetic Alphabet. I am looking for pronunciation of all the British English sounds so that my student can listen and see the coressponding IPA symbol.

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    Re: British English IPA sounds

    Quote Originally Posted by teachenglish1 View Post
    Thanks. I will try to get hold of that cd-rom, although I don't want the book.

    Do you know if where I can just purchase the cd-rom?
    Amazon gives these details for the CD-ROM alone:

    # CD-ROM: 1 pages
    # Publisher: Pearson Longman (13 Mar 2007)
    # Language English
    # ISBN-10: 1405851864
    # ISBN-13: 978-1405851862

    They also say 'currently unavailable'.

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    PS They also omit the diphthong /ʊə/; I don't know how you feel about this. I know some native speakers pronounce 'poor' to rhyme with 'pore', but many of us don't. This makes the Cutting Edge version of English phonemes number only 43. I suspect this is an 'efficiency' that is in the process of happening; I (and many other native speakers) pronounce 'poor' /pʊə/ but 'door' /dɔ:/ (and I've heard people pronouncing both with either vowel - some say /pʊə/ and /dʊə/, others say /pɔ:/ and /dɔ:/. Perhaps in years to come this will be known as part of the Little Vowel Shift.
    Last edited by BobK; 10-Dec-2009 at 17:03. Reason: Added PS


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    Re: British English IPA sounds

    Thank you very much for the information, BobK.

    I will keep an eye on the CD at Amazon.

    Also, the omission of that diphthong isn't that bad. I pronounce 'poor' the same way as 'pore'.

    That Little Vowel Shift sounds interesting. I'll remember where I heard about it first!

    Thanks!
    Last edited by teachenglish1; 12-Dec-2009 at 01:02. Reason: 1

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    Re: British English IPA sounds

    thanks ! ! !

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    Re: British English IPA sounds

    When I studied linguistics in college and ran into the IPA, I despaired.
    Now, in retrospect, I think it is unduly complicated for the layman.
    Why would you worry? If you sound slightly British (or American), just consider it "style", or else your "linguistic passport", id, fingerprint.
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