Notes for English speakers:
SaypYu's transcription of English words is based on the International Phonetic Alphabet's transcription.
Therefore, the spelling of some English words and phonemes might seem unintuitive for English speakers.
These unintuitive incidents are necessary in order to ensure that the SaypYu alphabet is consistent across all English words and also consistent with other languages.
For example, because A in SaypYu is pronounced as A in AT, and because Y in SaypYu is pronounced as Y in YOU, LIKE in traditional spelling would become LAYK in SaypYu.
This is a list of the most common pitfalls:
AY in SaypYu is not pronounced /eɪ/, but pronounced /aɪ/. Therefore, SITE would be spelled SAYT in SaypYu, and SAY would be spelled SEY
EE in SaypYu is not pronounced /iː/, but pronounced /ɛː/. Therefore, CARE would be spelled KEER in SaypYu, and STREET would be spelled STRIIT
OO in SaypYu is not pronounced /ʊ/ or /uː/, but pronounced /ɔː/. Therefore, DAWN would be spelled DOON in SaypYu, while GOOD and BOOT would be spelled GUD and BUUT respectively
OW in SaypYu is not pronounced /aʊ/, but pronounced /oʊ/. Therefore, NOW in traditional English would be spelled NAW in SaypYu, while the spelling of FLOW would be unchanged in SaypYu
AW in SaypYu is not pronounced /ɔː/, but pronounced /aʊ/. Therefore, DRAW in traditional English would be spelled DROO in SaypYu, while AUDI would be spelled AWDI in SaypYu
The Schwa is a sound that occurs in English and several other languages. These are a few examples where the schwa sound appears in English words:
- 'a' as in 'ago'
- 'e' as in 'taken'
- 'i' as in 'pencil'
- 'u' as in 'run'
- 'a' as in 'sofa'
- Combinations of vowels: 'ai' as in 'mountain'
- Unwritten: as in 'rhythm' (the sound between the 'th' and the 'm')
According to the International Phonetic Alphabet, the sound of schwa is represented using ə. However, we did not wish to use this symbol because it looks very similar to a.
Instead, we chose the shape of a 'reversed e' or 'ɘ' for the sound of schwa in SaypYu because the sound of schwa is similar to the sound of e (as in pen). Therefore, we thought that it is appropriate that they have similar shapes.
This is a link to a video where Geraldine Giraffe introduces the 'schwa' sound on the TES website
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