Guest   Sat Feb 24, 2007 7:12 am GMT
Where can I learn xsampa or whatever method you guys use to notate how words sound?
Lazar   Sat Feb 24, 2007 7:33 am GMT
There's a chart of X-SAMPA and IPA here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-SAMPA .

IPA uses special characters, whereas X-SAMPA just uses the standard keyboard.
Guest   Sat Feb 24, 2007 7:38 am GMT
Am I really expected to memorize ALL of that?!
Lazar   Sat Feb 24, 2007 8:04 am GMT
Well, a lot of those symbols are for sounds that aren't found in English or the other major European languages. You can have a good working knowledge of X-SAMPA without knowing all the symbols.

If you want to start off by just learning the symbols used for English, check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPA_chart_for_English and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAMPA_chart_for_English .
Guest   Sat Feb 24, 2007 9:04 am GMT
Familiarise yourself with the symbols you would associate with your native language and some of them might crossover to English.
Josh Lalonde   Sat Feb 24, 2007 7:37 pm GMT
I'm not really that good with X-SAMPA yet, so I just open the Wikipedia chart in another window when I need to write. I can just check any symbol that I can't remember.