Ngoc Nguyen
International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) Does anyone know how to use the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). I heard that this system is usually used by actors to change their accent in any language. 
Apr 3, 2017 6:18 AM
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It's very useful for any language. There are sounds of every languages, a lot of them I don't have idea which language has them. To understand well how to make the sounds, first of all you have to study a little bit Phonetics and Phonology (You'll find a lot of pdf articles about that). Then, it'll become very easy for you to understand the places of articulation of each letter and you'll be able to reproduce those sounds.

In this site, you can see the phonetic symbology of the words and know how to pronounce them: http://www.wordreference.com/enit/witchcraft


April 3, 2017

I use it on occasion if I came across an unfamiliar word, then thats where it shines. A couple of years back, I had to find out how to pronounce the word "insipid". Without the IPA (most good dictionaries will have instructions in the first couple of pages on how to use it), I would probably still pronounce "insipid" as "inspit". 

It has its uses, and I recommend it highly.

April 3, 2017
I have read somewhere that the IPA is biased towards western European languages and, obviously, the Latin alphabet. Nonetheless, it is probably more useful than using language-specific alphabets to symbolize sounds, so it should be interesting.
April 3, 2017
Thank you guys. All very helpful advice. This seems interesting, I am going to check out whether it could help. 
April 6, 2017
Another failure is the use of the symbol /ɔ/ to represent the open O in Portuguese, but the close O in English. Nonetheless, the IPA chart is very useful to the proper understanding of Phonectics and languages pronunciation.
April 4, 2017
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