Spell as you pronounce? 发音拼写要一致?

更新时间 2012年 12月 14日, 星期五 - 格林尼治标准时间10:36
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Could Chinese be spelt using the Latin alphabet?

媒体英语会带大家一起学习 BBC 撰稿人在报道世界大事时常用到的单词和短语。

学习一门新的语言很不容易,特别是在拼写生词的时候更是如此。“根据发音来拼写的全球计划”(缩写为 SAYPU)旨在让每一个人都能根据单词的发音来拼写,并希望全球统一使用拉丁字母来进行拼写以下是BBC 记者Karen Zarindast 发回的报道。


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 听力测验

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.

Glossary 词汇表 (点击单词收听发音)

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