The Science Behind Truespel Phonetics
by Tom Zurinskas, creator of truespel
For US English, there is a much better pronunciation guide than the “new” British Council version http://bit.ly/13MLm4P which is not English friendly. It is far better than the "official?" US government phonetics used by the VOA see http://justpaste.it/voaspel . It is truespel phonetics.
Truespel follows the criteria http://justpaste.it/truecriteria . Thus, truespel is phonics-based, using no special symbols. It looks like English making it easily writable, allowing typical capitalization and punctuation rules, which is a first for phonetics.
Truespel phoneme spelling is based on a scientific analysis of US English phonics and spelling rules . See the analysis of letters of the alphabet at http://justpaste.it/aqe and the analysis of the frequencies of spellings of each sound of US English at http://justpaste.it/phonemefreq . Both analyses are from the new perspective of counting the popularity of appearance of phonemes in text (15.4M total instances for the topo 5k words – ref truespel book 4).
Truespel is mature and free on the internet. It can be learned by ELL’s in an hour. The free two-way converter shows phonetics next to regular spelling where words can be clicked for definitions http://bit.ly/1Dvx4Tz . Free tutorials are at http://justpaste.it/course2 .
In summary, popular phonetics in the USA is a hodge podge non-system. Even newspapers and US government avoid the strange symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet see http://www.screenr.com/cbn8 . Thus the need for truespel phonetics is obvious and is outlined here http://justpaste.it/truespelnow .
For much more detail, see the links from my presentation at the 2015 Florida Literacy Coalition at http://justpaste.it/flctruespel2015