Questions and Answers
Try to remember especially these letters and their assigned sounds.
Also, remember that for longer sounds, two letters are used.
A,a as in Arctic, aardvark, cup.
Ä,ä as in ant, cat, bad.
E,e as in end, let, bed.
I,i as in it, his, bid.
O,o as in on, fort, toy.
Ö,ö as in learn, sir, ago.
U,u as in put, look, two.
J,j as in yes, you, few (fju).
When you read Simpel-Fonetik words, you must pay attention to each letter. When you read aloud, or read the Simpel-Fonetik text for the first time, learn to pronounce each letter. Each letter has always the same sound, the sound given in the Simpel-Fonetik alphabet, regardless what letter is next to it. (Exception: th is used as in present writing).
Please note that Simpel-Fonetik spelling can be used to represent different accents or dialects. Different accents result in different spellings. And the spelling of some words may be influenced by trying to maintain similarity with the present spelling.
A dictionary that shows the preferred spellings has been published. For more information, please click on the BOOKS tab.
Gud morning Gud dei Gud iivning Gud bai Pliis
Hau ar ju Fain, thänk ju Ju ar welkam Jes, sör
Nambers: wan tuu thri foor faiv siks seven eit nain ten
between Kevin and his Dad
"Hei, Kevin! Wat's ap?"
"Däd, ai häv problems with spelling. It is so haard tu rimember hau tu spell sam wörds."
"Kevin, ai olso häd problems. Änd ai still du."
"Wai dasn't samwan fiks the spelling problems?"
"Ai was told thät thei kän not ögrii on ö soluushon."
"Mai tiitsher sed thät thär is ö pörfekt soluushon. Wai not juus it?"
"Wat is it?"
"Luk ät this händaut thät the tiitsher geiv. This is wat Noah Webster sed in his American Spelling Book thät was pablishd wei bäk in 1824:"
"In a perfect language, every simple sound would be expressed by a distinct character; and no character would have more than one sound."
"Kevin, thät is veri interesting. It rimainds mi of samthing thät ai löörnd wen ai was in Hawaii meni jiirs ögou. Did ju nou thät the Hawaiian längwidsh kud bi konsiderd ö pörfekt längwidsh?"
"No. Ai thoot thei spiik English in Hawaii?"
"Jes, Kevin, thei du. Bat Hawaiian is the ather offishal längwidsh. It is juusd ool over Hawaii. Neims of tauns, striits, piipl änd meni ather things ar in Hawaiian längwidsh."
"OK, Däd, bat wai is Hawaiian ö pörfekt längwidsh?"
"Wel, bikoos in Hawaiian längwidsh evri leter häs ounli wan saund. Änd evri saund häs its oun leter."
"Did thät meik it iisi for ju tu riid änd spiik Hawaiian?"
"Wel, not rait öwei. Bat äs suun äs ai bikeim fämiliar with Hawaiian alfabet, ai häd no problems in riiding änd pronaunsing Hawaiian wörds. Wat meid it espeshali iisi was thät Hawaiian alfabet häs ounli twelv leters. It häs the seim faiv vauel leters äs English, bat ounli seven konsonants. Thei don't häv the R or the S saund ät ool, änd thei don't juus C, Q, X, Y änd sam ather leters. Hawaiian längwidsh saunds gud, änd it is wel suuted for singing. Änd Hawaiians du laik tu sing."
"Wau! Däd, let's muuv tu Hawaii."
"Hei, Kevin, ju beter get bäk tu jur houmwörk."
Please Keep In Mind
If you are a native English speaker, the Simpel-Fonetik writing may look strange to you. But you will soon get used to it as you use it more. New learners of English, and foreigners who are familiar with the single-sound-per-letter writing do not have that "strangeness" feeling. But they do experience that feeling whenever they deal with the present English writing.
For more examples of Simpel-Fonetik writing please go to The English Spelling Society website, Personal Views section.
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