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You can come and learn only IPA if it is your main focus. But even better if you learn the International Phonetic Alphabet as a 10-to-30-minute segment in each lesson of your general English conversation course. Learn just a few sounds at a time.
The best way to learn to pronounce a new word is hearing it in a context first, then reading it and finally looking it up in a dictionary. You should hear the word several times and see its phonetic symbol at the same time.
If you learn to associate the English phonetic symbols with their sounds, you will have both auditory and visual guide when you learn a new word from a talking dictionary.
When you learn IPA you need an English teacher or tutor who corrects your pronunciation mistakes otherwise you may teach yourself the sounds inaccurately.
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This is an example how you are going to learn the individual sounds. Here we focus on the difference between the [e] and the [ei] sounds in similar words.
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This English IPA and pronunciation course will include:
The modern English alphabet is a Latin-based alphabet consisting of 26 letters:
Small letters: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
Capital letters: A B C D E F G H I K L M N O P Q R S T V X Y Z
Five of the letters are vowels: aeiou. The other twenty-one written characters are consonants.
In spoken English 55 different sounds are used. There are 21 spoken vowels and 24 spoken consonants. Some dictionaries may use fewer or more than 21 vowels.