Phonetic alphabet, dyslexic associations


When I learnt that the KET was teaching the phonetic alphabet, I asked her if I could sit in on the class. Much to the bemusement of some students. Hehe, the teacher has become a student. Learning the phoneic alphabet is a combination of frustration in trying to associate the symbols with the sounds.

Trying to read it is the hardest part, and it’s the closest experience akin to dyslexia I can get. Why am I putting myself through all of this? I’m doing it to prepare for my CELTA course that’s coming up in six months. That too, is also going to be frustrating, but in learning it now, it’ll be less I have to ‘take in’, giving me more time to produce when the course starts.

The rather colourful flash cards were post cards cut in half. Cutting the actual letter out from the sheet and then matching it on the reverse with the answer took me 3 hours or so. No mistakes here.

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5 Responses

  1. My hangeul reading skills are probably better than my phonetic alphabet reading skills. Stands to reason, how often do we read stuff in the phonetic alphabet?!

    • Almost never, since we speak it. Our students would have a better grasp of it than we would.

      Since I’ve been studying the phoneic alphabet, I’ve actually been thinking in phonetic terms. My name in the phoneic language actually starts with a Y. And the Y has an ‘eye’ sound.

      Nothing intuitive here, no way I can fly by the seat of my pants on this one.

  2. This is the greatest nonsenese I ever heared off.

  3. […] for the phoneics practise, it’s going well with a few spelling mistakes. Mainly with the […]

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