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Teacher Judy's Sound Dictionary app


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This is a ' How to Use' PowerPoint for Teacher Judy's Sound Dictionary app. The app uses a simple color/vowel bridge to make Pronunciation and Spelling easy for ESL/EFL and English learners.

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Teacher Judy's Sound Dictionary app

  1. 1. How to use: Teacher Judy’s Sound Dictionary app Pronunciation and Spelling by Color
  2. 2. Teacher Judy’s Sound Dictionary provides a bridge from to spelling pronunciation and from listening back to spelling
  3. 3. The Bridge is a Simple Color Association A happy accident is that the 16 vowel sounds of English happen to be found inside the names of 16 ordinary colors: Long ‘a’ is in Gray /Ay/ Short ‘a’ is in Black /a/ Long ‘e’ is in Green /Ey/ Short ‘e’ is in Red /e/ and so on….
  4. 4. The Vowel Sounds Look Like This:
  5. 5. Back to the App There are four tabs or buttons: Home, Reference, Dictionary and Contact This is Home. That was easy.
  6. 6. Reference 1) English Pronunciation - four Key Principles 2) English Spelling - spell from listening 3) English Phonetic Alphabet - 40 sounds of NA English 4) Thompson Vowel Chart - with audio support
  7. 7. Spend a few Minutes Here Not clear about the Key Principles? There are dropdown arrows with more info:
  8. 8. The Vowel Chart Vowel Chart is at the bottom of the Reference page Audio of each sound
  9. 9. Pronunciation Dictionary The moment we have all been waiting for: Pronunciation Enter a word you can spell but not say in: * The Dictionary has an alphabetical list of the 2,000 most common words in English.
  10. 10. How do you say Suit for Example? I typed in suit because spelling is crazy and learners have a lot of trouble with suit. Two good guesses came up suit and suite I want the clothing one so I click on the top entry.
  11. 11. Suit The screen explains itself. EPA is the English Phonetic Alphabet (see Reference page) EPA Suit is a Blue word Suit is a Blue word Synonyms are here too
  12. 12. Suite Just for fun let’s back up and click on suite Suite is a Green word And it has a ‘homonym’ (whatever) - sweet
  13. 13. Pronunciation Recap To find the pronunciation of a word that you can spell but not say, Go to the Dictionary button Type the word you want to say in Search a Word Click on the word for its Color/Pronunciation The app contains the pronunciation of the 2,000 most common words in English, categorized by color dictated by the main vowel sound. [Spend a few minutes learning vowel sounds by color from the Vowel Chart in Reference] WARNING: Don’t start word entries with capital letters
  14. 14. Spelling Dictionary The Color button in the top left corner takes you from listening to spelling.
  15. 15. Spelling Listen to the vowel sound in the main syllable of the word you want to spell. What color is that vowel? Click on that color the word is alphabetical in its color chapter. For fun let’s pretend we can’t spell ‘alert’. It sounds like /a lErt/. It’s Purple.
  16. 16. How do you Spell /a lert/…? Scroll down Color List to Purple and Click. There it is! Words are grouped alphabetically by color or main vowel sound. It’s a SOUND DICTIONARY.
  17. 17. Sound Dictionary Recap To find the PRONUNCIATION of a word you know how to spell, enter it in To find the SPELLING of a word you have heard, determine the Color of the main vowel sound and find the word listed alphabetically in its Color chapter. Hint: Your word has to be one of the 16 colors from the Vowel Chart in Reference – there are no exceptions.
  18. 18. Back and Forth To get back to the Dictionary main page from anywhere click Cancel or ALL at the top of the Color List. If the word you want is not in Teacher Judy’s Sound Dictionary, click Add a the top right. You’ll get the word in an update.
  19. 19. Contact The last tab or button is Contact. You can reach me any number of ways for more info on our products, questions or comments. Enjoy the App!
  20. 20. Sound Dictionary Products Teacher Judy’s Sound Dictionary is available for $1.99 For Apple and Android products from iTunes and Google Play The app is the beloved child of Grass is Black the original Sound Dictionary which includes definitions and expressions. Hard copies of Grass is Black - $39.95 from PDF of Grass is Black - $14.95 from the E-Store Have a great day!