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Welcome to Kword-read

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by David R. Kiracofe

Learn the English language phonetically

Kword-read was written to help people learning to read, write, and speak the English language. Currently, in standard English there are approximately 41 phonemes. We blend these phonemes together to form words. However, when reading or writing standard English we have approximately 77 different spelling of these 41 phonemes. Many of the same phonemes have multiple spellings. This occurs when the English language absorbs words from other languages. The phonetic code of these new words are not changed to match the phonetic code of English. This makes it very difficult for individuals to learning the English language.  The kword-read translation of English uses one spelling for each phoneme.  Instead of learning 77 different phonemes to decode, or sound out the English language, individuals only need to learn 41 phonemes. We hope this will make it easier for people to learn the English language.

It’s important to note that no attempt has been made to deal with different dialects. The pronunciation of the phonemes in kword-read is midwestern dialect. However, it is interesting to look at the spelling of different dialects using kword-read phonemes. For instance, if you’re from Boston you “pok yu ko”. If you’re from southern United States you would greet people “hii yu awl”. Although kword-read doesn’t translate dialects it is possible to write in dialect using the kword-read phonemes.

Type or copy and paste text you wish to translate into kword-read text box below.  Scroll to the bottom of the text box and click on the translate link. The translator will display each line of text with kword-read translation immediately underneath the standard English text. The reader can compare standard English to the phonetic kword-read English.  If the text appears italicized, the italicized word is not in the kword-read data base.

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