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International Phonetic Alphabet

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As I progress through Duolingo's French sector I become more involved with the French culture. I watch various French videos on YouTube and I read (at least try to) many articles online to engulf myself in the culture of France.

With that being said, I stumble upon a video on YouTube on how to properly pronounce the letters, vowels in French with the French IPA. It's becoming really helpful. However, I was wondering why isn't the IPA integrated on Duolingo for all languages?

It'd be really helpful

I found this video to be beneficial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhH51nv8k1Y

4 years ago

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/adri.fra
adri.fra
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As a linguistics major, I love the IPA. It's been awhile since I took phonology courses so it isn't as intuitive as it used to be, but for people who understand it it's great for trying pronounce words you've never read or heard before. I used to have this great French dictionary with IPA pronunciations with every word...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son
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I need to buy a French dictionary. I was recently at Barnes & Nobles to pick up an SAT book but this man was blocking the language section like an A**shole so I left

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Yamx
Yamx
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I agree the IPA would be a great help. Users wouldn't have to learn the whole thing, just the parts relevant to the language they're learning. And since there already is a voice recording, that would help you pick things up really fast.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LingPenguin
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It probably just isn't implemented because very few people are used to it enough to actually understand it properly.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son
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They have to learn it somehow. If someone could teach it in an effective way many would understand it easier. If Duolingo implemented an optional lesson focused on the IPA that'd be cool

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kameeks777

I agree! As a Linguistics major, the IPA is my best friend when trying to pronounce words with parts of my mouth I didn't know existed lol. It can be very useful :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LingPenguin
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I disagree that they "have to" learn it. It can be a useful tool, but most people can get the gist of how it's pronounced by the Duolingo voice (though it isn't perfect), and then if they want to pronounce the stuff perfectly then IPA isn't going to help them any more than listening to native content will. I think that for me and many other people hearing the word, even in a bad robotic voice, is better for learning how to pronounce a word than seeing the IPA symbols is, especially since there is very little "standard" IPA spelling of particular words and they'll be pronounced differently anyway depending on where you go (I've seen around 5-6 different IPA spellings of the English word "light" depending on what accent is used). Since the only other significant reason to learn the IPA would be for if you were planning on getting a career or degree in Linguistics, I don't think that anybody "has to" learn it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son
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That's why I said "optional". Sometimes its beneficial to have many reference to how a word sounds. Duolingo is great but in order to thoroughly expand your knowledge on a language phonetically and grammatically you have to have more than one reference to come to a conclusion. Nonetheless, I understand that the IPA is difficult to understand however, its best with a visual/verbal video with someone pronouncing the words, vowels for you to give you a better understand of how a vowel or word is suppose to be said in general

4 years ago