Pronunciation

Phonetic Alphabet Symbols

Vowels

ʌ             CUP (kʌp), LUCK (lʌk), LOVE (lʌv), BLOOD (blʌd)
ɑ:             ARM (ɑːm), FATHER (‘fɑːðəʳ), START (stɑːt)
æ             CAT (kæt), BLACK (blæk), trap (træp), bad (bæd)
e / ɛ             MET (met), BED (bed), DRESS (dres), HEAD (hed), MANY (meni)
ə             AWAY (ə’weɪ), ABOUT (ə’baʊt), CINEMA (ˈsɪnəmə), STANDARD(ˈstændəd) (schwa)
ɜ:ʳ              TURN [tɜːn], LEARN [lɜːn], NURSE (nɜːs)
ɪ              SIT (sɪt), HIT (hɪt), MINUTE (ˈmɪnɪt)
i              HAPPY (ˈhæpi), FUNNY (ˈfʌni), MONEY (ˈmʌni)
i:              SHE (ʃiː), SEE (siː), HEAT (hiːt), SEA (siː), MACHINE (məˈʃiːn)
ɒ              HOT (hɒt), ROCK (rɒk), LOT (lɒt), POT (pɒt), WASH (wɒʃ)
ɔ:              CALL (kɔːl), FOUR (fɔːʳ), NORTH (nɔːθ), WAR (wɔːʳ), THOUGHT (θɔːt), LAW (lɔː),
ʊ              PUT (pʊt), COULD (kʊd), FOOT (fʊt), GOOD (gʊd)
u:              BLUE (bluː), FOOD (fuːd), TWO (tuː), GROUP (gruːp)
aɪ              EYE (aɪ), FIVE (faɪv), PRICE (praɪs), HIGH (haɪ), TRY (traɪ)
aʊ              NOW (naʊ), OUT (aʊt), MOUTH (maʊθ)
eɪ              SAY (seɪ), EIGHT (eɪt), FACE (feɪs), DAY (deɪ), BREAK (breɪk)
əʊ              GO (gəʊ), HOME (həʊm), SHOW (ʃəʊ), NO (nəʊ)
ɔɪ              BOY (bɔɪ), JOIN (ʤɔɪn), CHOICE (ʧɔɪs)
eəʳ / ɛə / ɛː       AIR (eəʳ), WHERE (weəʳ), FAIR (feəʳ)
ɪəʳ              NEAR (nɪə), HERE (hɪə)
ʊəʳ              PURE (pjʊə), TOURIST (ˈtʊərɪst), POOR (pʊə), JURY (ˈʤʊəri), CURE (kjʊə)

Consonants

b               BAD (bæd), BACK (bæk), BABY (ˈbeɪbi), JOB (ʤɒb)
d               DID (dɪd), LADY (ˈleɪdi), DAY (deɪ)
f               FIND (faɪnd), IF (ɪf), FAT (fæt), COFFEE (ˈkɒfi), ROUGH (rʌf), PHOTO (ˈfəʊtəʊ)
g               GIVE (gɪv), FLAG (flæg), GET (get), GHOST (gəʊst)
h               HOW (haʊ), HELLO (heˈləʊ), HOT (hɒt), WHOLE (həʊl)
j               YES (jes), YOU (juː), YELLOW (ˈjeləʊ), YET (jet), USE (juːz), BEAUTY (ˈbjuːti)
k               CAT (kæt), BACK (bæk), KEY (kiː), CLOCK (klɒk), SCHOOL (skuːl)
l               LEG (lɛg), LITTLE (ˈlɪtl), LIGHT (laɪt), FEEL (fiːl)
m               MAN (mæn), LEMON (ˈlemən), MORE (mɔː)
n               NO (nəʊ), KNOW (nəʊ), TEN (ten), NICE (naɪs), FUNNY (ˈfʌni), SUN (sʌn)
ŋ               SING (sɪŋ), FINGER (ˈfɪŋgə), RING (rɪŋ), ANGER (ˈæŋgə), THANKS (θæŋks), SUNG (sʌŋ)
p               PET (pet), MAP (mæp), PEN (pen), COPY (ˈkɒpi), HAPPEN (ˈhæpən)
r               RED (red), TRY (traɪ), RIGHT (raɪt), WRONG (rɒŋ), SORRY (ˈsɒri), ARRANGE (əˈreɪnʤ)

s               SUN (sʌn), MISS (mɪs), SOON (suːn), CEASE (siːs), SISTER (ˈsɪstə)
ʃ               SHE (ʃiː), CRASH (kræʃ), SHIP (ʃɪp), SURE (ʃʊə), NATIONAL (ˈnæʃənl)
t               TEA (tiː), GET (get), BUTTON (ˈbʌtn)
tʃ               CHECK (ʧek), CHURCH (ʧɜːʧ), MATCH (mæʧ), NATURE (ˈneɪʧə)
θ               THINK (θɪŋk), BOTH (bəʊθ), THING (θɪŋ), AUTHOR (ˈɔːθə), PATH (pɑːθ)
ð               THIS (ðɪs), MOTHER (ˈmʌðə), OTHER (ˈʌðə), SMOOTH (smuːð)
v               VOICE (vɔɪs), FIVE (faɪv), VIEW (vjuː), HEAVY (ˈhevi), MOVE (muːv)
w               WET (wet), WINDOW (ˈwɪndəʊ), ONE (wʌn), WHEN (wɛn), QUEEN (kwiːn)
z               ZOO (zuː), LAZY (ˈleɪzi), ZERO (ˈzɪərəʊ), MUSIC (ˈmjuːzɪk), ROSES (ˈrəʊzɪz), BUZZ (bʌz)
ʒ               PLEASURE (ˈplɛʒə), VISION (ˈvɪʒən)
dʒ               JUST (ʤʌst), LARGE (lɑːʤ), JUDGE (ˈʤʌʤ), AGE (eɪʤ), GERMAN (ˈʤɜːmən)

Some tongue twisters to practise:-
Betty Potter bought some butter, but she said “This butter’s bitter!”
ˈbɛti   ˈpɒtə     bɔːt     sʌm   ˈbʌtə     bʌt  ʃiː   sɛd     ðɪsˈ  bʌtəz ˈ  bɪtə
(Betty Potter acheté du beurre, mais elle a dit: “Ce beurre est amer!”)

The sheep on the ship slipped on the sheet of sleet.
ðə     ʃiːp     ɒn ðə   ʃɪp     slɪpt     ɒn ðə   ʃiːt    ɒv sliːt
(Les moutons du navire glissèrent sur la grêle.)

The mean king kissed the queen quickly on her green ring.
ðə     miːn   kɪŋ    kɪst    ðə    kwiːn ˈkwɪkli ɒn hɜː griːn    rɪŋ
(Le méchant roi embrassa rapidement la reine sur son anneau vert.)

How’s our brown cow now?
haʊz ˈaʊə   braʊn kaʊ naʊ
(Comment va notre vache brune maintenant?)

With a bit of luck and a good cook book you could cook a cookie or a duck.
wɪð   ə bɪt ɒv lʌk   ænd ə gʊd   kʊk   bʊk    juː   kʊd    kʊk  ə ˈkʊki   ɔːr ə dʌk.
(Avec un peu de chance et un bon livre de cuisine, vous pourriez faire cuire un biscuit ou un canard.)

Put the bad bat back in the black bag.
pʊt  ðə bæd bæt bæk ɪn ðə   blæk bæg.
(Mettez la mauvaise chauve-souris dans le sac noir.)

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Mystery sentences from the courses.

Elementary level

kæn juː spiːk ˈsləʊli pliːz
Can you speak slowly, please?

aɪd laɪk ə ˈkɒfi pliːz
I’d like a coffee, please.

Other levels

From the film Cassablanca

Yvonne:
wɒt ə jʊ ˈduːɪŋ təˈnaɪt.
(What are you doing tonight ?)

Rick:
aɪ ˈnevə meɪk plænz ðət fɑːr ɪn ədˈvɑːns
(I never make plans that far in advance.) – (Je ne fais jamais de projets aussi longtemps à l’avance.)

Donald Trump:

aɪ hæv ə ˈnjuːklɪə ˈbʌtn tuː bʌt ɪts mʌʧ ˈbɪgər ənd mɔː ˈpaʊəfʊl
(I have a nuclear button too, but it’s much bigger & more powerful)

Unknown source

aɪ θɪŋk ɪts rɒŋ ðət ˈəʊnli wʌn ˈkʌmpəni meɪks məˈnɒpəli
(I think it’s wrong that only one company makes monopoly)

Charles M. Schulz (auteur de bande dessinée américain “Peanuts“)

aɪ lʌv mænˈkaɪnd    ɪts ˈpiːpl aɪ kɑːnt stænd.
I love mankind; it’s people I can’t stand.