This webpage aims to help teachers of English to start using transcription and to provide a few exercises which can also be used in class.
First of all, if you haven’t installed the phonetic fonts yet, go to the download page.
The sounds of English
Here we are showing the phonemes of Standard Southern British English (SSBE). British English has 44 phonemes – 20 vowels and 24 consonants. The following picture shows all the phonemes, together with example words. (The symbols in the upper right corner represent marks for stress and intonation.) Note: the diphthong /eə/ is today mostly pronounced as a monophthong, [ɛː].
Transcribing English phonemes
All English phonemes are found directly on the keyboard and the transcription is quite transparent; in the table below we give the keys as they apply on the Czech keyboard.
either combination of two symbols, tʃ, or using the code &# followed by 679;
either combination of two symbols, dʒ, or using the code &# followed by 676;
“ or : (length mark; inverted commas on Czech keyboard, colon on English keyboard)
´ (syllabicity; as if writing a comma above „o“ in Czech)
Simple transcription exercises
Exercise 1 – Colour rhymes Match names of the colours with words which rhyme with them. worksheetresults
Exercise 2 – Body language Label the individual parts of the body in transcription. worksheetresults
Exercise 3 – Town orientation Can you find your way around the town square? The numbers will help you. worksheetresults
CUBE – a powerful pronunciation dictionary (instruction video here)