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:

Refund
Noun, verb: 退款.
e.ɡ. I took the radio back to the shop and asked for a refund.

讀 音 注 意:
留意此字作名詞或動詞讀音不同-
名詞重音在前,動詞重音在後。
以上例句中的"refund"作名詞用(noun),讀音為/ˈriːfʌnd/。

英語字母拼音不可靠;我們憑生字的字母不能確定其讀音。refund 一字的名詞及動詞重音均不同,但repeat 一字的名詞及動詞讀音卻同樣為/rɪˈpiːt/。要提升香港人的發音水平,減少錯誤, 應參考其國際音標(IPA)為準。


- Derek Kwok

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