Spell as you pronounce? 發音拼寫要一致?

更新時間 2012年 12月 14日, 星期五 - 格林尼治標準時間10:36
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媒體英語會帶大家一起學習 BBC 撰稿人在報道世界大事時常用到的單詞和短語。

學習一門新的語言很不容易,特別是在拼寫生詞的時候更是如此。「根據發音來拼寫的全球計劃」(縮寫為 SAYPU)旨在讓每一個人都能根據單詞的發音來拼寫,並希望全球統一使用拉丁字母來進行拼寫以下是BBC 記者Karen Zarindast 發回的報道。


School children in English-speaking countries have difficulty spelling words such as 'people' and 'friend'. They contain the odd vowels which are not pronounced. SAYPU suggests it is about time we started spelling what we pronounced and not just in English, but in all languages. Say, for instance, the word 'oui' - or 'yes' in French - would be spelled WEE and the word 'Leute' in German - meaning 'people' - as LOITE. The director of Logos Capital, Jaber George, who is launching the programme today, insists their aim is to help raise worldwide literacy levels by making spelling easier.

"One of the reasons why, in some cultures and in certain languages, there is higher illiteracy rates than in others is because of the difficulty in learning how to read and write, and by having, actually, a phonetic alphabet, then you don't have this problem anymore; everyone will be able to read and write much more easily. So Esperanto, basically, is to have a single language spoken by everyone; here, what we are trying to do is just to have all these languages written using the same alphabet."

Even though there might be linguists out there frowning at the project already, Jaber insists their programme won't undermine the beauty and the playfulness of words and languages. They aim to create their own dictionary of words from around the world. And if you are so inclined, you could log in and add a word or two from your part of the world.

Quiz 聽力測驗

What is the aim of the new project-SAYPU?

To help raise worldwide literacy levels by making spelling easier.

True or false: The proposed idea is to have all the languages written in the same alphabet.

True.

True or false: All linguists like the new idea.

False, because the report said that there might be linguists out there frowning at the project already.

Explain the meaning of the underlined part of the following sentence: 'If you are so inclined, you could log in and add a word or two from your part of the world.'

If you like, you could log in and add a word or two from your part of the world.

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