IPA Learning Centre

Our aim is to promote the teaching and learning of English phonetics in Hongkong. Our teaching centre, the IPA Learning Centre, is an Education Bureau registered school located in Kowloon. We provide high quality English phonetics (IPA) and pronunciation courses for people at all levels of spoken English.

The course "Practical English Phonetics and Phonology" is one of our most popular choices. We are very proud to say that the quality and popularity of this course has been key to establishing the good reputation of IPA (HK). Mr Derek Kwok, the Course Lecturer, is an experienced phonetics educator with over 10 years teaching experience in English phonetics. His innovative teaching techniques and moderate sense of humour make the complex phonetics principles all the easier to understand.

The courses "English Phonetics Classes for Students" and "Practical English Phonetics and Phonology for Teachers" have provided students and teachers of English in HK with a better channel through which to understand the most important theories and key skills in pronunciation and many other features of spoken English.

As this Web Site comes into existence, we can now offer our students of phonetics with continuous learning and practice support. The pages under our "Club News" section are especially dedicated towards this goal. We believe that through this Web Site, the students of IPA (HK) will be able to further enrich their knowledge of English phonetics and pronunciation even after they have completed our courses.


Today's selected word:

vine vs vineyard
1) vine - 葡萄藤: 藤本植物;攀緣植物
2) vineyard - 葡萄園

以上二字雖然同樣有字母vine,但所發出的元音(vowel)卻不同,分別為aɪ及ɪ (請參考以上音標)。習慣依賴字母拼音的人,很容易把vineyard的vine錯讀成/vaɪn/。同時,vineyard第二音節的字母由於與yard/jɑːd/一字相同,往往又會把vine+yard而錯讀成/ˈvaɪnjɑːd/,留意第二音節的元音不是ɑː而是ə (schwa 弱音)。

- Derek Kwok ( 郭 豪 )

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Picture: Grapes on a vine at a vineyard