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Published on Aug 26, 2011
A successful English course should, in particular, help learners speak English, accurately and fluently. Most English courses try to spread the language learning into four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking which is ok if you have many years to dedicate to learning the language. However, if the student can demonstrate a good grasp of the speaking skill, that student will usually have good results with the other skills.
The systematic creation and usage of symbols and sounds is an essential manifestation of language. Each of these factors, the symbol or alphabet, and the correspondent sound is regulated through social conventions differing from language to language.
The International Phonetic Association -- IPA for short-- has created a series of symbols -- the phonetic alphabet -- which we can use to indicate precisely the pronunciation of these words.