2013/1/21 A. da Mek <[log in to unmask]>: > I wonder whether anyone ever considered the opposite approach to the reform: > not to write what is pronounced, but to pronounce what is written. In the > Age of the Internet, there are more people knowing written English than > spoken English. The problem is "How to convince people to change how they speak?". It sounds nearly impossible to me. 2013/1/21 James Kane <[log in to unmask]>: > Well there already are spelling pronunciations that are incredibly > common throughout English. I know very few people who pronounce > 'forehead' as 'forrid', for example. This is a big problem with words > that are often read but rarely heard; BTW, many people in Brazil don't believe when I say that the usual pronunciation of "recipe" is not something like /rəs'aip/. They can't believe that it's /ˈrɛsɪpi/. "Just like we would pronounce it in Portuguese?! No way!!! You know nothing about English!" In fact, in br.PT it would be pronounced as /rɛs'ipi/.