A Big Problem with English
We all know the English language has a poor correspondence between spelling and pronunciation, which means a word's spelling may not reflect its pronunciation well, and its pronunciation may not reflect its spelling well either. This problem affects two groups of people:
- People who learn English as a second language (ESL) may be familiar with a word's written form but may have problems hearing or saying it;
- Children in English-speaking countries may speak English fluently but undergo a long struggle to learn reading and writing.
The project, Phonetically Intuitive English (PIE), may help to overcome the above problems effectively!
PIE is a scheme and a Chrome browser extension to show diacritics on normal English words to make their pronunciations crystal clear. Just look at this quick example, which shows a sentence's American English pronunciation in detail:
PIE also provide a Lite mode for advanced English learners:
Such forms benefit both ESL learners and children in English-speaking countries:
And better yet...
Interested? Become a PIE user now! It's FREE.
Visit the Google Chrome page here: Phonetically Intuitive English (PIE)