This is what I do in phonetics. We learned the Alphabet Phonétique International (International Phonetic Alphabet) and we spend class transcribing songs, conversations, and texts back and forth from French to IPA. Although it is really tedious, this is my favorite class here. I can tell my ear and pronunciation are improving, even though I don’t think my vocabulary is coming along quite as well. I love looking back at my notes from class and seeing pages full of strange letters. For example, here is the beginning of a song we had to transcribe:
[a l otRə bud y mɔ̃ d] À l’autre bout du monde
Looks crazy, n’est-ce pas? I have developed a strange love of flipping through my dictionary and sounding out the IPA written beside the words.
I have my first midterm tomorrow night in phonetics. I feel confident about being able to take a text in French and write it in IPA. I am nervous though about being given a text in IPA and having to write it back into French. I better get back to studying!