What if English were phonetically consistent?

I’ve not posted anything in awhile so when I came across this YouTube video by Aaron Alon I thought it would make a good SEB post. 

In it he demonstrates just how weird English would sound if it were phonetically consistent the way that languages like Japanese are. He gives examples of how each vowel can have multiple sounds then picks one and proceeds to use that single vowel sound for all instances of that vowel in the words that follow. Things get increasingly weird as the video progresses. 

4 thoughts on “What if English were phonetically consistent?

  1. Fascinating! Thank you so much for posting that.

    The sounds seemed to run from Japanese through Germanic to Nordic. And so musical! It was almost as if he was singing.

    Loved it!

    By the way, glad to see you again, Les. Please feel personally invited to drop by my blog sometime. If you do, let me know what you think of my humor pieces. But please do not feel under any obligation to drop by if you don’t want to.

  2. Paul, I’ll definitely drop by in the near future. I’m trying to get back to being more active on SEB myself. As well as trying to get into vlogging and streaming, none of which is going particularly well at the moment.

  3. Excellent! But I’m sorry to hear those other things aren’t going well. Hopefully you’ll get the bugs worked out soon.

    I’ve got to confess: I don’t know what they are. But then, I still have a landline.

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