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CLR Phonetics Lab

Education to understand all phonemes of the pronunciation system

The present situation

In English education in Japan, unlike other language educations such as Chinese, Korean, and Spanish, there is no established instruction that shows learners all the phonemes of English and gives them a complete picture of the pronunciation system. For example, from previous research, only one out of six junior high school English textbooks handles all phonemes. The list of phonetic symbols in English-Japanese dictionaries and pronunciation teaching materials, especially the list of vowel symbols, often contain extra or dialect differences, and list many more symbols than the actual number of phonemes in one dialect. The problem is that it is extremely difficult to grasp the whole picture.

The purpose of this research

The purpose of this study is to help learners and teachers using Sound Spelling. To do this, we create a web page that converts English into Sound Spelling notation. Users can know the correct pronunciation quickly. In addition, information on syllables and sound intensity is displayed in the Sound Spelling notation for easier use. We will keep updating the vocabulary that can be converted, correcting errors, and so on.

Convert English into Sound Spelling