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Phonetic Characters

The sounds of general American English can be divided across three separate charts: the Vowel chart, the Consonant chart, and the Blends chart. Combined together, these three charts create a map representing the full range of sounds that exist in the modern American language.  This guide strongly recommends the student first study the interrelationships between the various sounds and sound categories before rote memorizing the characters in order to make character rentention more efficient.

Within the charts below, the characters provided in the picture are the majescule forms, whereas the characters in the accompanying Unicode text are the miniscule forms.

This guide recommends that native English speakers directly study the miniscule forms, as the majescule forms are designed to provide phonetic hints to native Mandarin speakers.

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