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The International Phonetic Alphabet, or IPA for short is the international system used to write down sounds, or phonemes, and is most commonly seen in dictionaries and articles. By using IPA you can know exactly how to pronounce a certain word in English. This helps in improving English pronunciation and feeling more confident speaking in English, whether you learn English on you own or with a specialist teacher in an individual class Most languages in the world have their own IPA charts, because they all have different sounds.

On the phonemic chart, we show the link between voiced and unvoiced consonants with a small line, as reminder that the two sounds are produced in the same area of our mouth, but they are different because one is pronounced with vibration and the other one without vibration.

English as a language has many sounds, and these are all shown in the IPA chart. These sounds range from plosives such as ‘p’ or ‘b’, the diphthong seen in the ‘ng’ part of a word, and the many ways we say vowels in English, be they long or short!

I believe that the IPA is a useful way to help you on your English language journey because it introduces you to the sounds of English and how to shape these sounds. A handy way to complement your lessons here with us at Crown Academy!

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