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    Phenotics

    Please tell me an easy way to understand and learn English Phenotics. Suggest some good websites or material that I can look in for.

    Few questions:

    How many vowel and consonant sounds are there in English language?

    How many Alphabets are there?
    I was told by my Trainer that there is only one.
    Explanation: English language consists of 26 letters. A- Z is an Alphabet.
    Please tell me if the above explanation is true.

    Thank you in advance!

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    Re: Phenotics

    Quote Originally Posted by 2010 View Post
    Please tell me an easy way to understand and learn English Phenotics. Suggest some good websites or material that I can look in for.

    Few questions:

    How many vowel and consonant sounds are there in English language?

    How many Alphabets are there?
    I was told by my Trainer that there is only one.
    Explanation: English language consists of 26 letters. A- Z is an Alphabet.
    Please tell me if the above explanation is true.

    Thank you in advance!
    1) The word is "phonetics"
    2) There are 26 letters in the English alphabet.
    3) There are 5 vowels (a, e, i, o, u).
    4) There are 21 consonants.
    5) We only have one standard alphabet in English, and it consists of those 26 letters, from A to Z.

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    Re: Phenotics

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    1) The word is "phonetics"
    2) There are 26 letters in the English alphabet.
    3) There are 5 vowels (a, e, i, o, u).
    4) There are 21 consonants.
    5) We only have one standard alphabet in English, and it consists of those 26 letters, from A to Z.
    Thanks for your reply emsr2d2!

    I would appreciate if you could tell me how many consonant and vowel sounds are there?

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    Re: Phenotics

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    Thanks for your reply emsr2d2!

    I would appreciate if you could tell me how many consonant and vowel sounds are there?
    Does this help with vowel sounds?

    English Vowel Sounds

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    Re: Phenotics

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    1) The word is "phonetics"
    2) There are 26 letters in the English alphabet.
    3) There are 5 vowels (a, e, i, o, u).
    4) There are 21 consonants.
    5) We only have one standard alphabet in English, and it consists of those 26 letters, from A to Z.
    Oops, sorry about the spelling error.

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    Re: Phenotics

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Does this help with vowel sounds?

    English Vowel Sounds
    It does to an extent, but does not answer my question though

    If you have something else to suggest, that would be appreciated. Meantime, I will try to find my way through.

    Thank you for your continued support.

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    Re: Phenotics

    Quote Originally Posted by 2010 View Post
    Thanks for your reply emsr2d2!

    I would appreciate if you could tell me how many consonant and vowel sounds are there?
    In Received British Pronunciation, 44. Have a play with the interactive table somewhere on the British Council site (it keeps moving; I've downloaded it, but I don't know it's latest location - anyone )

    Some dialects use more, and some teaching schemes prefer to use fewer; for example, New Cutting Edge (Upper Int.) comes with a CD that contains an interactive table that has only 43.

    Am Eng is a whole nother thing. Most of the consonant sounds are similar, but few if any of the vowel sounds (which are close enough, but distinctive).

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    Re: Phenotics

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Does this help with vowel sounds?

    English Vowel Sounds
    This is American. It transcribes 'o' as /ah/ Stahp!
    [Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it's not a list of all English sounds]

    Try here:
    Wikipedia:IPA for English - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    This one has a printable pdf. chart:
    The sounds of English and the International Phonetic Alphabet | Antimoon.com

    IPA chart for English dialects - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Last edited by Raymott; 21-Jul-2010 at 02:06.

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    Re: Phenotics

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    This is American. It transcribes 'o' as /ah/ Stahp!
    [Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it's not a list of all English sounds]

    Try here:
    Wikipedia:IPA for English - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    IPA chart for English dialects - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    How odd! I couldn't play with it due to a computer problem, but given that the top of the screen shows the British Council in conjunction with the BBC, I thought it was a safe bet that it would be British English pronunciation.

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