This exercise is similar to the other transcription exercise, with the difference that the user hears the words, rather than sees them written. They can listen to the word as many times as they want.

The words I have chosen in this example contrast two vowel sounds. Have you got any other suggestions about how this could be used?

At the moment I am using RealPlayer to control the sound clips – but I am still having a lot of problems with this. I chose Real Player because it is widely used and easy to control with JavaScript, but it is not possible to display a volume control in Mozilla based browsers.

The exercise is at:

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4 Responses to Phonemic Text – Audio

  1. Browser: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows 98)

    No, I’m using IE 5.0 & 98SE.

    Quite a few symbols are displayed as squares.
    Why not give longer words, or even short sentences? (maybe I haven’t done enough of the exercise?)

    But I like it. A good way to get familiar with those symbols.


  2. Bev Derewianka says:

    Browser: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/106.2 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/100.1

    Lovely resource – looking forward to playing with it. But I can’t hear anything. I’ve pressed the ‘play’ arrow at the top, but nothing so far. Any suggestions?


  3. Tony Duffy says:

    Browser: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows 98)

    I couldn’t hear the first word clearly enough to transcribe it – consonant sounds in particular were sometimes rather vague. But it’s a nice activity!

  4. Browser: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)
    Good stuff, Pete, though I had trouble with the first word. Contrastive pairs might be better, or phrases and sentences, since words in isolation are hard to distinguish.

    Have you tried using WMA files? They produce the same quality as mp3 and take only about half the space.

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