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    Masfer Guest

    Do you use IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) ?

    Hi!
    I was wondering if you also use IPA when transcribing a pronunciation of a word. I find it quite useful and is very easy once you get used to "reading" it. I think this is the best way to describe how a word is pronounced. Some examples of IPA would be:

    English [ˈɪŋglɪʃ]
    forthcoming [fɔːθˈkʌmiŋ]
    awkward [ˈɔːkwəd]
    sheer [ʃɪəʳ]
    threshold [ˈθreʃəʊld]
    withstand [wi­ˈstŠnd]

    If you don't see these symbols is because your browser is not set correctly :? If you want more information about IPA, you can visit this site: http://www.phon.ucl.ac.uk/home/wells/ipa-unicode.htm

    I have a Merrian-Webster dictionary (a bad one, I suppose ) and they don't use IPA, so I find it quite useless when I want to check the pronunciation of a word since they write things like:
    awkward ['o-kw&rd] instead of [ˈɔːkwəd]
    I guees this is Ok for natives, but at least for me it is completely useless.

    What do you think about it ?

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    I use it, but quite often when I'm posting I use transcriptions with the alphabet to prevent the problems of settings, which do prevent many from seeing them.

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    Masfer Guest
    mmm, that┤s true because I am now connected from my university and I can't see all the characters :?
    Anyway, I still think this is the best way of doing transcriptions, but maybe not in the Internet.

    ByE!

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    I agree- I use them in the classroom, but not on the net.

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