Intro to the International Phonetic Alphabet
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Intro to the International Phonetic Alphabet

Learn the basics of IPA
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Created by David Varney
Last updated 3/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 11 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Use the symbols you have learned in this course for other accents, dialects and languages.
  • You will be able to identify and write the symbols of IPA as they relate to Standard American English.
  • You will be able to make and recognize the sounds and symbols of IPA as they relate to Standard American English.
  • Write your own transcriptions of different passages of poetry and other pieces of literature.
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Requirements
  • Students will need at least a basic understanding of the English language.
Description

This course is an introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet. The International Phonetic Alphabet or IPA is a collection of symbols that represent all of the sounds that human beings make in the use of language. 

This course will go over the symbols needed for American English. The symbols that are learned in this course, however, are applicable to all other languages. Every symbol represents one sound across all languages.

That being the case, this course serves as in introduction to some of the sounds on the IPA chart and after they have been learned they can be applied to the IPA of other languages and other and accents and dialects. 

Not only does this course go over the sounds and symbols that are needed for American English IPA, there are also four different transcription activities so that students can practice and apply what they have been learning.

This course is good for:

The non-native english speaker who wants to master American English Pronunciation.

The student who wants to learn the basics of American English IPA so they can use that as a jumping off point for IPA in other languages.

The student who wants to learn the basics of American English IPA so that they can use that as a jumping off point for IPA in studying accents and dialects.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course will be great for singers, actors, and any other kind of performer who is concerned with ability to pronounce things correctly.
  • This course will help a non-native English speaker to more easily grasp the pronunciation which is standard in the United States.
  • This course will give the student of singing a gateway to the world of IPA so that after this course the student could learn the IPA symbols for other languages like French, German, and Italian.
  • This course is great for the student of acting who would like to learn the basics of IPA so that they can learn different accents and dialects.
  • This course will give the student a way to develop a Standard American Accent.
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Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
01:34:12
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Introduction
3 Lectures 05:28

This lecture is a brief explanation of what IPA is.

Preview 01:43

This lecture talks about what will be covered in this course and what students will be able to do at the end of this course. It also talks about what the course does not cover.

Preview 02:03

This lecture is a brief explanation about what is meant by Standard American English.

Preview 01:42
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The Main Symbols and Their Sounds
5 Lectures 38:17

This lecture goes over all of the vowel sounds which are used in English IPA. After completing this lecture students will be able to recognize the symbols of all of the vowels and the sounds that go with them.

Vowels
10:55

This quiz will help you practice the symbols of the vowels in IPA and the sounds that they make.

Vowels
10 questions

This lecture goes over all of the diphthongs which are used in English IPA. After completing this lecture students will be able to recognize the symbols of all of the diphthongs and the sounds that go with them.

Diphthongs
04:39

This quiz will help you practice the different sounds and symbols of the diphthongs in IPA.

Diphthongs
5 questions

This lecture goes over all of the consonant sounds which are used in English IPA. After completing this lecture students will be able to recognize the symbols of all of the consonants and the sounds that go with them.

Consonants
04:25

This lecture goes over all of the other sounds and symbols which are used in English IPA. After completing this lecture students will be able to recognize all of these other symbols and the sounds that go with them.

Other Sounds and Symbols
09:13

This quiz will help you practice the sounds and symbols of some of the extra symbols which we have discussed.

Other Sounds and Symbols
10 questions

This lecture includes two activities. We will go over writing name in IPA and we will also look at a transcription of She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron.

Apply What You Have Learned So Far
09:05
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Pronunciation Aspects of Spoken Standard American English
3 Lectures 09:32

This is the first of three lectures which talks about different concepts and ideas behind English Pronunciation. This lecture covers blending, coarticulation, and linkage. After completing this lecture students will have a basic understanding of blending, coarticulation, and linkage.

Blending, Coarticulation, Linkage
03:49

This is the second of three lectures which talks about different concepts and ideas behind English Pronunciation. This lecture covers assimilation and intrusions. After completing this lecture students will have a basic understanding of assimilation and linkage.

Preview 02:40

This is the second of three lectures which talks about different concepts and ideas behind English Pronunciation. This lecture covers elision and geminates. After completing this lecture students will have a basic understanding of elision and geminates.

Preview 03:03
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Details of IPA Symbols and Charts
3 Lectures 11:08

This lecture goes over the primary and secondary stress marks in IPA and also talks about how they are used. After completing this lecture students will have a basic understanding of primary and secondary stress marks are used in English.

Primary and Secondary Stress Marks
03:14

This lecture examines the consonant graph on the IPA chart. Several of the terms on the graph are defined and the lecture shows how to figure out what symbols are what kind of sounds. Check the resources for definitions of all of the words on the chart. After completing this lecture students will know how the consonant graph on the IPA chart works and will be able to use it intelligently.

How to Read the Consonant Graph
04:58

This lecture examines the vowel graph on the IPA chart. The graph is discussed in terms of the vowels and how they are organized on the graph. After completing this lecture students will know how the vowel graph on the IPA chart works and will be able to use it intelligently.

How to Read the Vowel Graph
02:56
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In Depth Transcription and Pronunciation Practice
5 Lectures 29:47

This lecture is a transcription practice lecture and it goes over Shakespeare's Sonnet 116.

Sonnet 116 - Transcription Practice
09:21

This lecture is a transcription practice lecture and it goes over the poem Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Paul Revere's Ride - Transcription Practice
07:37

This lecture is a transcription practice lecture and it goes over the poem Invictus by William Ernest Henley.

Invictus - Transcription Practice
06:34

This lecture is a transcription practice lecture and it goes over the first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence.

Declaration of Independence - Transcription Practice
04:25

This lecture concludes the course and gives some suggestions of resources to use for going further in the study of IPA.

Where to Go From Here
01:50
About the Instructor
David Varney
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I am a musician, actor, and amateur linguist. I have been studying languages, music, theater, and vocal performance for the past 3 years. I love the arts and I am fascinated by language, the human voice, and how it works. I am currently working on a Bachelors in Vocal Performance.