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Questions tagged [phonetics]

For questions relating to proper pronunciation using symbols and specialized letters.

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How can I make sure my pronunciation based on IPA is correct?

I have read this question and answers titled "How can I learn IPA?" and now start to (finally) learn IPA and phonetics. However, while the question asks about the way to learn the IPA, which focuses ...
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How to speak a language that makes phonemic distinctions between /a/ and /aː/ if you're having trouble with /a/ and /aː/?

Title says it all. I'm talking specifically about Central Yiddish אַ = /a/ vs. ײַ = /aː/. My native language is American English.
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Bulk-add pronunciations to Anki decks

This is what I want to do: I have a large Anki collection (over 20,000 notes of Japanese vocabulary). I want to add Japanese pitch/accent information to each note. Possible solutions? I have no idea ...
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How can one learn a language (such as Korean), when there is no agreement as to how to properly pronounce it?

This is a problem that's been plaguing me for years. I have been wanting to learn Korean, but I just can't get the past the first step: pronouncing it. I can produce and hear aspirated consonants ...
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What's the name of this non-IPA phonetic notation?

In The Free Dictionary you usually see definitions extracted from several sources. Usually the first one uses a phonetic notation which is unknown to me. What's the name of that phonetic notation ...
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Is there an online resource that transliterates from IPA into different writing systems?

I am trying to transliterate the pronunciation (i.e. I do not mind the actual meaning of the sentence) of a French sentence (e.g. "Qui est Kaélé ?") into other writing systems (like simplified Chinese,...
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How to learn the pronounciation of ejectives?

As a person native to a language with no ejective-aspirated distinction I don't know how to learn to pronounce the ejective consonants in Georgian. The formal descriptions (e.g. on wikipedia) are not ...
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What advantages, if any, are there for learning the IPA when studying a language with phonetic spelling?

The IPA provides a standard, unambiguous way of writing the pronunciation of words, which can be quite helpful when learning a language like English, which has very irregular spelling (with respect to ...
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How to train yourself to contrast heard sounds

When trying to learn new languages, I have often encountered a problem when hearing sounds that don't exist in the Polish language (my native language). In my mind they "become" other, more familiar ...
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Pros and cons of using IPA over other phonetic alphabets

I've taught myself to use the IPA as an aide for pronunciation training, but I'm well aware that other phonetic alphabets are in widespread use in language courses. Where does the IPA fall short ...