Yes, it doesn't matter what system her teacher uses, but it means that she cannot speak of [a], or indeed any other phonetic symbol without showing the chart. This is what IPA was supposed to facilitate - communication about pronunciation in a textual form.
Her teacher can use [a] for 'cat' as long as he keeps that transcription symbol in the classroom, and as long as his students don't require help from elsewhere.
It's unfortunate and confusing that these other charts use IPA symbols.
I think IPA is far more useful for someone who is merely learning English. A phonetician or phonologist would be more interested in more specific charts.
PS: Anyhow, I'll take a closer look at these brave new charts before I comment further.
Last edited by Raymott; 18-May-2011 at 13:44.
Could you please have a look at this video
YouTube - ‪Part 8 Learning the IPA chart‬‏
Firstly, thank you for your continual help.
So,the speaker in this video uses symbols as in this diagram.
-He pronoune the word turn very different, is it beacause he is from New Zealand?
-I wonder if it is right to use /ɑ/ /ɜ/ and /ʊ/ without the colon in the transcription?
NB:It is so difficult to understand an english native speaker, whereas you can understand every single word from a french native speaker.
Thank you in advance.