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Linguists study their own language and other ones too. Since they need to describe the
pronunciations of words so that any linguist around the world can understand them, they developed
an international phonetic system made up of symbols to represent sounds.
So, whether you speak Chinese, Arabic, or Swahili you would know how to pronounce an "e" rotated 180 degrees:
(also called a shwa) in this word represented phonetically:
as, well, "bird"!
Check out any dictionary—you'll see that they all have some kind of phonetic system to help
you know how to pronounce unfamiliar words.
Do you recognize these common words when they are spelled phonetically?
Give me a hint!
I'm ready to check my answers.
But what if you can't hear? Or see? Can you think of other ways to communicate
thoughts and ideas? Check these out!
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