On this site, I often use The International Phonetic Alphabet, a notation used to describe the sounds of spoken language. Because not everybody is aquainted with the IPA, I have included a number of handy resources for the uninitiated:
- A Complete Tutorial of the IPA I’ve attempted to break down the IPA in plain English.
- I also have a Quick Guide to the Vowel Symbols of the IPA. This is a cheat sheet of sorts, to be used when you see a strange vowel symbol.
- In the same vein, I have a Guide to the IPA’s Consonant Symbols.
Whenever possible I try to link back to these sections of the site, so dialect newbies won’t get confused. Feel free to give me any feedback about these tools!