Pain Point/ Need:-
- Open Educational Resources
- Language Learning
Usability:- A major problem in language literacy is that IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) and dictionary guides are not sufficient for showing proper English pronunciation, since they use the difficult to comprehend and remember special symbols for the purpose. Our traditional English writing system unlike that of other languages, doesn’t provide a guide to pronunciation and spelling, which makes writing and pronouncing words boorish. Hence, it’s time to rebase the English phonetics in the language itself, if it’s ever to be learned properly and with ease.
Truespel phonetics is finally the solution. It is designed to use only the letters of the alphabet to enable writing as well as reading phonetically, hence providing ease of reading, writing and pronunciation. It integrates dictionary pronunciation guides, translation guides, ESL (English as second language) and phonetic database analysis tools.
For ESL learners, they can speak American English phonetically with minimal accent by using the free automatic online converter that Truespel provides. The converter displays phonetics next to traditional text to show pronunciation. This is a URL converter and hence can be used anywhere on the Internet.
Teachers can use it for accent remediation or to prepare initial read/write lessons for students. Children can use it to learn the 40 sounds of English easily, which forms a basis for further learning. Being keyboard friendly, it allows easy spreadsheet analysis applications, such as spreadsheet entries for database analysis, etc.
There are four Truespel books available, which consist of a VOA (Voice of America) dictionary with Truespel pronunciation guide and phoneme frequency analysis.
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Walk-Through:- Truespel is a powerful phonetic learning guide whose format is a truly consistent phonetic spelling based on the American English accent. It minimizes conflicts with the traditional orthography. The intent is not to replace traditional orthography, but to develop a new pronunciation/translation guide that uses QWERTY letters, and is based on English.
The platform provides a Grapheme-Phoneme correspondence table, representing the English Vowels- long, short and combined with stress variations. It also provides a Phoneme table containing 40 sounds of phonemes of American English with sample words in their traditional and the respelled, Truespel spelling. Plus, there is the Converter which you can use to translate Standard English to Truespel and vice-versa, by entering your own text material or copy/paste the same from other sources.
There are two rules of Truespel. First, it shows Stress, default stress is on the first syllable and for other syllables a double consonant is used. Second, it shows Glottal Stops, using an apostrophe that comes in-between two consecutive vowels.
The many benefits of Truespel are that, it is the closest possible phonetic spelling notation to English, is computer accessible, a standard translation service, a phonetic awareness assessment tool, a pronunciation guide for dictionaries, an initial spelling aid for learners, etc.
Prices:- Free for non-commercial use.
Our Review:- Truespel is an intuitive platform, which finally makes phonetics for English user friendly and as neat as can be. It also makes it easy to do phonetic writing. Its website has pages on Phonemes, Tutorials and the Truespel Converter. It is very simple as compared to the traditional writing system and also overcomes the complications of the current standard phonetic systems such as IPA and SAMPA (Speech Assessment Methods Phonetic Alphabets), which are not so English friendly.
Truespel keeps the pronunciation guide quality intact and no doubt, enhances the overall learning speed. The add-on to its utility is its keyboard friendliness which opens up a large number of academic and professional possibilities. Its language and user friendliness bring new insights into the American English usage.
It turns out to be a much needed and a most significant phonetic learning tool in today’s world which regards English as the most dyslexia causing language! The best part is that it is easy to learn and is available for free.
We look forward to its expandability for languages other than American English as well, and hope to see Truespel UK/AUS/NZ versions, soon.
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