What If English Were Phonetically Consistent? (video)

English is a language that doesn't just borrow words, it follows other languages down dark alleys, clubs them over the head, and  rifles through their pockets for spare vocabulary (or so James Nicoll's saying goes).

This is why English has such idly inconsistent pronunciation, but have you ever considered what it would sound like with consistent pronunciation?

Aaron Alon has made a video that shows what English would sound like if each vowel had one, and only one, pronunciation. The result sounds like the speaker learned English from two Monty Python videos on Youtube.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

3 Comments

  1. Q4TD20 February, 2019

    “The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and riffle their pockets for new vocabulary.”

    — James Nicoll

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    1. Nate Hoffelder20 February, 2019

      That’s what I was referencing, yes.

      You know, maybe I’ll go credit him by name.

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  2. Dan Robinson21 February, 2019

    Take a look at MEIHEM IN CE KLASRUM by Dolton Edwards, published in 1946. The tale presents a regularized American English pronunciation and alphabet.

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