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I am writing a nonfiction nature field guide manuscript aimed at grades 3-5.  One of my readers suggested that I include pronunciations when I introduce a new organism.  I think it is a great suggestion, but I am uncertain how to best write pronunciations.  Could anyone recommend a website or book that might help?  As I search the internet all of the "how to write pronunciations" include symbols that young children will be unfamiliar with.  Thanks!
#1 - February 13, 2016, 07:27 PM

Will this help?

(Deleted link...not as helpful as I thought.)

There's scores of teachers on the BBs who can offer direction to resources.

(Kids learn how to break down words, sound them out---aren't they also taught how to "read" pronunciations? Everything's done so differently these days, maybe they don't.)



#2 - February 13, 2016, 08:55 PM
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rad34, instead of using all the symbols, and putting in the schwa (sp?) and all that, could you turn the syllables into other words that the kids (or their teachers) could pronounce?

So "microphone" becomes mike + row + fone. Probably not the best example, but maybe it gets the idea across?

Good luck with this! Sounds like an interesting project. :goodluck
#3 - February 13, 2016, 09:32 PM
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I'd actually let the publisher decide what needs to be pronounced within the text. But I think a glossary at the end with definitions and pronunciations for key words would be great (that's what my NF publishers do). Some of them use http://www.merriam-webster.com/ for definitions and pronunciations.
#4 - February 14, 2016, 05:29 AM
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My experience in school has been that kids are not taught pronunciation symbols, so that will just be glossed over or add to confusion. If it's possible to say something like, "Rhymes with x," I think that's fun so kids can feel in the know.
#5 - February 14, 2016, 07:30 AM
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I've never used pronunciation guides, but in some manuscripts, my editor has put them in.
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#6 - February 14, 2016, 07:35 AM
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Thank you for all the feedback.  After looking through some examples I feel morconfortable writing my own. If it ever gets to an editor, maybe they'll remove them, but I think they will be a nice addition.
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Besides glossaries, who decides if an index is needed?
#8 - February 15, 2016, 07:15 AM

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In my experience, the publisher decides.
#9 - February 15, 2016, 07:58 AM
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In a MG novel of mine, the editor asked me to add a pronunciation guide for the names. I wrote them out sort of the way Dewsanddamps suggested, putting the stressed syllable in all caps: BAY-oh-wolf. And like Annemleone mentioned, I also used "rhymes with X" when it was helpful.
#10 - February 16, 2016, 05:13 PM

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