Alexandre Smirnov

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Phones vs. Phonemes

Be sure to have read my introduction to the IPA before you dive down this rabbit hole. Remember that terrifying Swedish word, "sjuksköterska"? Here are the IPA transcriptions »

Familiarization with the language

Before you dive into learning your chosen language, take a moment to get to know it, first. Phonology Start by skimming the language's Wikipedia page, "[language] Language". This »

Acquiring fundamentals of grammar

Once you can look at a word and reliably tell exactly what phonemes it consists of, and can recognize different word classes and are familiar with pronouns and the essentials »

Why you should learn the IPA

Before starting to learn any language, there's something you can learn that will make acquiring excellent pronunciation much easier for any language. I'll illustrate with an example. Imagine you've just »