English Vowels & Diphthongs

Learn the IPA symbols

English spelling is a terrible indication of a word’s pronunciation. We only have 5 vowel letters in the alphabet, but we have around 20 vowels and diphthongs, depending on which variety of English you are listening to. And to make matters more difficult, spelling reflects the etymology of the word, which means that Saxon and Latin-root words behave differently.

All of which means that anyone wanting to improve his or her pronunciation needs to study the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). This presentation is a brief introduction to the vowels and diphthongs.

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Peter Brook at the Teatro Valle Occupato

A great British director in Rome


Peter Brook is one the great theatre directors of the twentieth century. His 1970 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream made theatre history.

On Friday April 12 at 8pm the Teatro Valle Occupato is screening 'The Tightrope', a documentary about Brook by his son, Simon Brook. The film will be followed by a public debate with Peter Brook.

You can book tickets by sending an email to peterbrook.tvo@gmail.com

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