Resources on pronunciation and transcription

Pronunciation resources

  • Practice of SSBE sounds

English interactive phonemic charts                                                                                  Cambridge English Online                           One Stop English

                                     

Practice with minimal pairs and the sounds of English                                                                         Ship or sheep                                Manythings.org                            Antimoon

                                 

University of Manitoba. Practice with General American English vowels.

  • Pronunciation of words

Sozo: it teaches new words and illustrates          HowJsay: listen to the pronunciation of their pronunciation                                                  words

                           

Online dictionaries with audio and transcription

Wordreference                                                        Cambridge online dictionary

                       

  • Ear training practice

www.agendaweb.org. Exercises on Vowels and Consonants.

      

John Maidment’s Vowel spotting,¬†Vowel machine and ear-training exercises to practice with SSBE vowels.¬†

   

The AngloTIC webpage (Universitat de València)

Ear-training practice with vowels                             Ear-training practice with consonants

             

There are other ear-training exercises here.

Exercises with vowels, consonants, odd-one-out exercises, morpheme -s, morpheme -ed, etc.)

English accent coach (based on GA)                      Say it Right (SSBE and GA)

                                             

Gimson’s pronunciation of English (by Alan Cruttenden)¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†eighth edition additional material on pronunciation practice.

Pronunciation Games at EnglishClub.com                                                              Rhyming pairs, pronunciation of  -ed endings and homophones.

  • English pronunciation for Catalan and Spanish speakers

EPSS (English Pronunciation for Speakers of Spanish) Multimedia Lab: exercises and online resources.

English Pronunciation (by Rodrigo Brunori)    English pronunciation for Catalan speakers                                                                                        (by Lou Hevly)

                 

Online course on English pronunciation for Spanish and Catalan speakers¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† (By N√ļria Gavald√†)

  • Resources to practice transcription

Transcription of vowels and consonants

John Maidment’s phonetic flash

                 

Introductory exercises (reading transcription)

Transcription of words

David Brett’s word transcription exercises.¬†

Transcription of texts

John Maidment’s Paratrans:¬† English¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Jack Windsor Lewis’s PhoneticBlog:¬† ¬† ¬† texts accompanied by a parallel¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†transcribed texts, you can listen to the¬† SSBE phonemic transcription. You can¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†recording too.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† listen to the recording too.¬†

               

Paul Carley’s¬†Humour in phonetic transcription and ¬†Sherlock Holmes in transcription.¬†You can listen to the recording of sentences and correct your transcription. The author provides useful notes.

                     

  • Transcription system in English and current sound changes

John Wells on IPA transcription systems for English (current system, current sound changes and some comments on proposals for reforms)

Geoff Lindsey’s Cube (Current British English) pronunciation dictionary. Make sure you tick the option “trad” (for traditional symbols) so that you can see the transcription with the symbols that we use in class. With this dictionary, you can also look for words with specific sounds you are interested in or for minimal pairs. You can watch an explanatory video here.¬†Also, visit the section called accenton sound changes that mark the difference between traditional RP and SSBE and his proposal for a different transcription system

   

  • Spelling-pronunciation relationship

John Maidment’s site offers pronunciation¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† ¬†¬† ¬†¬† Silent letters ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† tips, tips on the relationship between spelling¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† (by Pronunciation Studio)¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† and pronunciation, and information about the¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† pronunciation of place names, among others.

                   

AngloTIC (U. València)

  • Resources to practice intonation

The following are resources by John Maidment to practice intonation.

Introduction to tonality, to focus and to tone (pitch).

On Wh-Questions

PLATO (Place the Tonic):                                              Online Intonation: practice associating practise Tonicity (position of the                                 an intonation pattern with a commonly the sound of nuclear stress).                                         used system of notation in English.

                          

Newton: designed to help you recognise¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Peter Ladefoged’s¬†examples on¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†General British English nuclear tones.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† intonation. You can listen to some¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† sentences produced with different¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† intonational patterns.

                 

  • Blogs and tutorials on English phonetics and pronunciation

IPA phonetics resources and tutorials        BBC Learning English Pronunciation

                         

Peter Ladefoged’s online course.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†John Wells’s blog¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Jack Windsor Lewis’s blog

            

Jennifer Smith’s phonetic resources¬† ¬† ¬† Geoff Lindsey’s blog¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Mark Hukvale’s courses

                         

  • Youtube channels on English pronunciation and phonetics

Dr Geoff Lindsey ‚ÄĘ speech coach¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† N√ļria Gavald√†: English pronunciation tips for¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Spanish and Catalan speakers

                 

Pronunciation & phonetics                                 BBC Learning English                                            (by The English Language Club)                       Improve your pronunciation