smcbanner.jpg


PRONUNCIATION and SPEAKING



PHONETIC ALPHABET
  • Sounds of English and the IPA < Antimoon.com | This page gives the IPA symbols and a couple corresponding words (i.e., words that contain that sound). It also has audio files of the words being pronounced.
  • Wikipedia has some useful charts for learning pronunciation:
    • Pronunciation Guides for English | This chart shows the symbols of the IPA and their equivalents as found in many major dictionaries and other phonetic alphabets. No sound files.
    • IPA for English | This article and its charts show you which IPA symbols are associated with each sound in English. Read only. No audio files.
  • IPA Chart < York University | Full IPA chart with flash animation and sound files | (more info)
  • English Phonetic Alphabet < International Phonetic Alphabet Project < Cal Poly Pomona | Some of the symbols of the English Phonetic Alphabet are different than the IPA symbols | (more info)
  • Type your own IPA symbols
    • Type English IPA Symbols Online | Type English IPA symbols online and then cut and paste them to your document.
    • IPA Keyboard Online | Type IPA symbols online and then cut and paste them to your document. This site includes all IPA symbols, not just those for English.

ANATOMY and ARTICULATION of English Sounds

Pronunciation EXERCISES and ACTIVITIES

SPELLING
  • SpellingCity.com | A useful site for spelling practice. Made for teachers and students.

  • Basic Spelling Rules < Montgomery County Community College | Some rules for spelling in English and a few practice exercises too.
  • eSpindle | Personalized, interactive online spelling exercises that remember the words you have trouble with. You set the difficulty level and can even add your own word lists. | This is a pay-site with a free 10 day trial. | (Hint: After 10 days, sign up for another free trial)
  • English Spelling < Wikipedia | This informational article is difficult to read, but it has useful charts showing different spelling patterns. There are charts for sound-to-spelling correspondences and spelling-to-sound correspondences. No audio files.
  • English Spelling Tests | There's a test of difficult words to spell, one of commonly misspelled words, and one to determine what some of your own spelling difficulties are.
  • Spelling Mistakes made by ESL students | See the English spelling mistakes made by native speakers of Chinese, Greek, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.
  • Guidelines for Learning to Spell & 6 Ways to Practice < LDonline.org


VOICES of ENGLISH

Pronouncing Names
  • VOA Pronunciation Guide < Voice of America | Listen to the pronunciation of the names you hear in the news. You can browse or search for names.