Regular English Pronunciation Project

Examples of Regular English Pronunciation version 1.00 - October 2002.

In these examples, words in normal spelling conform to standard English pronunciation. Non-standard words are displayed in SAMPA transcription.

The North Wind and the Sun   

The North Wind and the Sun were /dIsputIN/ which of them was /strQN3R/, when a /treIvel@R/ came along wrapped in a warm cloak. They agreed that the one who first succeeded in making the /treIvel@R/ take his cloak off should be considered /strQN@R/ than the other. Then the North Wind blew as hard as he could, but the more he blew, the more closely did the /treIvel@R/ /fQld/ his cloak /AraUnd/ him; and at /l{st/ the North Wind gave up the attempt. Then the Sun /S@Un/ out warmly, and /ImedI@tlI/ the /treIvel@R/ took off his cloak. And so the North Wind was obliged to confess that the Sun was the /strQN@R/ of the two.

The Story of Arthur the Rat   

There was /Qns/ a /jaUN/ rat named Arthur who would never take the /traUb@l/ to make up his /mInd/. Whenever his /frindz/ /{skt/ him if he would like to go out with them, he would /QnlI/ /{nsw@R/, "I don't know." He wouldn't say "Yes" and he wouldn't say "No" /eID@R/. He could never /lI@n/ to make a choice. His /Ont/ /helen/ /seId/ to him "No-one will ever care for you if you go on like this. You have no more /mInd/ than a blade of /gr{s/." Arthur looked /waIs/ but /seId/ /nQTIN/.

The Rainbow Passage   

When sunlight strikes raindrops in the air, they act like a /prIsm/ and form a rainbow. The rainbow is a division of white light /Int@U/ /m{nI/ /beOtIfVl/ /kQlOz/. These take the shape of a long round arch, with its /p{T/ high /{b@Uv/, and its two ends /{peIrentlI/ /bejQnd/ the /hOrIzQn/. There is, /{kkOdIN/ to /legend/, a boiling pot of /gQld/ at one end. /peQp@l/ look, but no-one ever /fInds/ it. When a man looks for something /bejQnd/ his reach, his /frindz/ say he is looking for the pot of /gQld/ at the end of the rainbow.


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