October 20, 2019 9

Diphthongs and the International Phonetic Alphabet

Diphthongs and the International Phonetic Alphabet

Hi there! Today we are looking again at one of your comments, this time about diphthongs and the International Phonetic Alphabet. Roni says: You tell me, where are the two vowels to make the diphthong in the word ‘Parent’? Well Roni here is the word Parent and here is the phonetic transcription and there is the diphthong /eə/. /eə/ parent Remember that diphthongs and phonemes are a different set of symbols to normal letters. The letter ‘a’ in the word parent is pronounced /eə/ in ‘Parent’. But letters in English can be pronounced in different ways, that’s the hardest thing about English, because its not phonetic. That is why we have the IPA, the International Phonetic Alphabet. So that we can see what sounds are made in a language and transcribe the pronunciation. But it is a separate system of writing to the normal alphabet. There is no diphthong in Parent when it is written in the normal roman alphabet because there is no such thing. In these video on phonetics we are talking about the symbols and sounds from the IPA. The International Phonetic Alphabet So, I hope that clears things a little bit, and everyone; What are the sounds that you have difficulty in pronouncing? If you haven’t already, you should check out some of my other videos and subscribe to my YouTube channel and mailing list via my website, to keep up to date with new videos and features from me and The English Language Club. It would also be really helpful if you “Like” and ‘share’ this video on the social media. Thanks for watching and I’ll see you next

9 Replies to “Diphthongs and the International Phonetic Alphabet”

  • Haiense says:

    I like this teacher !
    He knows what he is talking about and explains things in an easy to understand way.

  • Cesar G. says:

    Hi Colin, great videos you guys have, quite handy. I have real difficulty to pronounce the word Assorted. any help?

  • Saravanan Neother says:

    Excuse me, sir. I'd like to ask you about the pronunciations of " stand up, find out, etc". The last letter of the word 'stand' is d, which is a consonant, and the first letter of the word 'up' is u but pronounced with the a sound. When we link the words, how is it pronounced? I hope you can understand what my question exactly is.

  • Mee Mee says:

    Dear Sir, I watched your video on the long /er/ sound. e.g. girl, service. How about the reduced /er/ sound in teacher? Should we read it as the same sound as /er/ in girl? Do we use the same IPA for the reduced /er/ sound? Hope you can clear my confusion. Thank you in advance.

  • AndrewAtoZ says:

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  • Sameer Homsi says:

    I adore this teacher

  • Philemon Pamei says:

    difference IPA symbols and Stress Syllable

  • PrinxexB says:

    You got nice videos which help in my class. I teach lower grades phonetics in my school, searching for more ideas and information.
    I need you to urgently answer this question please. How can teaching phonetics be a yardstick or the main reason for parents to enroll their children in my school? This is a question being asked by my director and I need a quick reply. Thanks in anticipation.

  • John Adams says:

    The word is pronounced /ˈperənt/ in NAMe, in contrast with BRe, that's part of the confusion for me.

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