[25] Transformations

To push your mastery of phonemes and syllables even further, we will play with adding, deleting, substituting and rearranging the phonemes and syllables of words as if they were concrete objects in the workspace of our imagination. Below is a list of transformations, along with an audio files with words in your target language. For each word, try to go through all the different types of transformations. Some will be easy, and some will be very challenging. Remember that the process of cognitive engagement is what matters most, as it will allow you to grasp these different parts more fluently, which allows you to recognize and mimic them more effectively in normal speech. After you’ve played around with these transformations, share your experience in the #completions channel.
  • Delete the First phoneme
  • Delete the last phoneme
  • Delete the 2nd syllable
  • Delete the first phoneme of the 2nd syllable
  • Add an /s/ to the end of each syllable
  • And an /a/ to the front of the word, and and /u/ to the end
  • Add a /pi/ after the first syllable
  • Add a /ka/ before the last syllable
  • Substitute all vowels with /i/
  • Substitute the first consonant in the word with an /s/
  • Substitute the last phoneme with an /a/
  • Substitute the first syllable with a /ʃli/ (English writes “shlee”)
  • Switch the first and last syllables
  • Switch the first and last phonemes of each syllable

🇪🇸 Spanish
🇫🇷 French
🇩🇪 German
🇧🇷 Brazilian Portuguese
🇵🇹 European Portuguese
🇺🇸 English
🇮🇹 Italian
After you’ve played around with transforming words, continue to the next lesson