Sunday, November 15, 2009

phonetic alphabet not well suited to English

"Just sound it out."
How many times have you heard well intentioned English teachers say that?

Well, there is a reason.
Those 40+ English sounds are not only hobbled by the 26-letter Roman alphabet.
Those 40 sounds are hard to distinguish.
The endless ah eh aw aae variants.

Not like Italian- 5 vowels.
Or Japanese - Japanese has the following phonemes: 5 vowels /i, e, a, o, u/, 16 consonants /

So HIOXian won't magically solve English spelling conventions, or make it more highly intuitive.
English is itself too complex for that.

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