IPA charts, audios, videos
Have you ever wondered how exactly it is made possible that we speak? How are sounds produced? What sounds have been recorded by phoneticians in different languages across the world? Well, this post may help to answer these questions.
1. Official IPA website (http://www.langsci.ucl.ac.uk/ipa/)
IPA (the International Phonetic Association) is the best known international organization for phoneticians. On the official IPA website, users can find the latest edition of IPA charts and download them in PDF or PNG formats (http://www.langsci.ucl.ac.uk/ipa/fullchart.html) as well as to explore some other related information.
By following this link, users can download IPA charts in XLS (Excel) format as well as to find some other useful links on the topic.
This online resource is designed as an interactive tool which allows checking how a particular sound is articulated. Users can choose themselves the parameters of the sound they are interested in.
Based on the IPA charts, this resource provides pronunciation of each sound.
This website contains video recordings of people pronouncing different sounds. Both male and female speakers are recorded for each sound.
This information can be of use to instructors who want to explain certain phonetic phenomena in a more accessible and interactive way; to students who want to understand clearer how sounds are formed and what varieties exist. Students may also find these links useful in case they feel that they need to fill out any gaps in their study of phonetics. Also this information can be useful to other people in everyday life when they come across a word which is transcribed using strange symbols.