This is a guide on how to write
in the Fonetik mode for the English language. This mode is one of my own design,
and I don't really expect anyone to use it (unfortunately), but I have decided
to write it up anyway. One interesting aspect of Fonetik is that when you are
writing it, your accent is written in to the text itself, so Fonetik written
in different areas will stand out, and sources can be seen more clearly, and
greater impressions made.
Some basic rules:
- No double-letters (such as in
letters, platter, or carrot) unless actually pronounced
that way (such as in unnamed, which is unnaemd in Fonetik)).
- No silent letters of any kind
- No question of word pronounciation
(save for the emphasis placement, which I shall not tamper with)
- 1.3: oo has been brought back for the longer of the long o-sounds
- 1.2: the German ch is replaced by q
- 1.1 A new character combination added: jh. This is for sounds like
the s in version (spelt verjhun in Fonetik).
- a - a-sound as in hat, cat, car, or Latin
- aw - a-sound as in ball
or fall (more nasal than in raw or saw)
- ah - a-sound as in raw
or saw (less nasal than in ball or fall)
- ae - a-sound as in bay
- ai - as in pie, try,
cry, or eye
- b - no change
- c - makes the ch sound
in Fonetik (so church becomes cürc). S-sound Cs are
now s. K-sound Cs are now k.
- ch - completely eliminated. See c and q for more info.
- d - no change
- dh - a th-sound as in thistle,
cloth, with, or bath. Never as the th-sound in
that, there, or this, for which th is
used. See th for more information.
- e - as in bed, red,
- ea - when sounded like read
("I will read the book later.")or bead changed to ë.
When sounded like read ("I read the book before."), changed
- ee - eliminated in favor of ë
- ë - ee-sound as in bead,
speed, and clean
- f - no change
- g - as in gray, Gary,
garden. Never a j-sound.
- h - no change
- i - i-sound as in bill,
sick, mill. Never as in pie, climb, sigh
(those would be ai).
- j - no change
- jh = a sound similar to sh.
Found in words such as version.
- k - no change
- l - no change
- m - no change
- n - no change
- o - o-sound as in toe,
flow, broken. Never as in pop, sock, or
rock, for which aw is used.
- oo - eliminated in favor of ü
in many cases. Indicates a longer o-sound (the difference between soot
(süt in Fonetik) and suit (soot in Fonetik)).
- ou - when sounded like pound,
pout, or round changed to ow. When sounded like soup
changed to ü.
- oi - no change
- ow - when sounded like pound, how, or now, left
as ow. When sounded like row or tow, changed to
- p - no change
- ph - when pronounced as an f-sound
(philosophy) replaced by f. When pronounced as a p-sound
(diphthong) replaced by p.
- q - english qs completely
eliminated, and replaced by k. Q is now the ch
as in Germain buch or Scottish loch. Never the ch
as in English church (which would be spelt cerc).
- r - no change
- s - standard s-sound. When pronounced
as a z-sound, this is changed to z.
- sh - no change
- t - no change
- th - th-sound as in that,
there, this, wither, and weather. Never
the th-sound as in thistle, cloth, or bath, for
which dh is used. See below for more information.
- u - u-sound as in cup,
mud, jump, or shut. Never as the u-sound in put,
mute, rude, for which ü is used.
- ui - no change
- unc/unk - when pronounced like
uncommon replaced by unk. When pronounced like uncle
replaced by ungk.
- ü - u-sound as in put,
rude (mute would be spelt myüt). Never as
the u-sound in cup, mud, jump, or shut,
for which u is used. Note also oo.
- v - no change
- w - no change
- x - no change. Still not used
when pluralizing words that end in k.
- y (consonant) - consonant y-sound
as in you, yellow, yard, yore.
- y (vowel) - eliminated in favor
of appropriate vowels or vowel combinations (toy becomes toi,
fly becomes flai, rhythm becomes rithm)
- yü - as in pew or you. Not as in crew, flew.
- z = no change
A B C D E Ë F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U Ü V W X Y Z - Two additions
(ë and ü), one removal (q).
AE AI OI UI
Notable Character Combinations
AR AW AH DH JH NG TH YÜ
On Windows computers:
- The letter h can be used to indicate an added roughness to a sound.
It can be safely added after a t or d by using a ?
(if you wanted tor to sound rougher, but not be spelt thor
(which would be pronounced with a dh sound), it would be ?thor?).
- ck is changed to k
- er or ur? When in doubt, go with the original Standard
English spelling. If in further doubt, go with what looks good, or just default
Should word become wird, or stay the same? I'll leave it
alone until I decide.
- An is translated as en, because a is for the
a-sound in cat or bat. If it was spelt as an, it
would be pronounced like the name Ann.
- A is always translated as ae. When pronounced as 'ah',
it is incorrect, thus the Fonetik is ae to help enforce proper pronunciation.
- Check Cs (should be Ks when not ch) and Ss such as was,
is, or as (should be wuz, iz and az).
Here are some basic phrases translated
in to the Fonetik mode. Some words may change very little, or not at all, and
some may change quite a lot (such as philosophy's transition to filawsofë).
|The quick brown fox jumps over
the slow, lazy dog.
||The kuik brown fox jumps over
the slow lazy dog.
|The white gate is opening.
||The wait gaet iz opening.
|A great ship has just pulled in to the southern harbor.
||Ae graet ship haz just
püld in tü the
|Why are those women watching those birds for so long?
||Wai ar thoz wimen wahcing thoz birds for so long?
|I like to read while sitting by this tree.
||Ai laik tü rëd wail siting bai this trë.
|Close the door, it's getting cold in here!
||Klos the dor, it's geting kold in hër!
|The great, and well-known, author J.R.R. Tolkien has been a huge influence
||The graet, and wel-non, awther J.R.R. Tolkien haz
ben ae hüj inflüens awn më.
|There are many schools of philosophy, such as pragmatists.
||Ther ar menë sküls uv
filawsofë, suc az
|The unnamed horse has won the race.
||The unnaemd hors haz wün the raes.
The pronunciations of the letters of the Fonetik alphabet written in Fonetik.
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