I'm a retired computer science professor who helps Chinese graduate students master English. The students have a good background for reading and writing scientific papers but struggle with their teaching assignments. In all fairness, we're a Southern university with students who have no experience with non-Southern accents.
This semester I'm starting a new tack, which is to use games, especially tongue twisters, to find those sounds that the students have the most trouble with. Some English phonemes are well-known to be difficult but I find different students have trouble with different combinations of phonemes.
My question/request is this. I would like to find a list of Chinese words that contain correct English phoneme sounds. For example, one of my students is struggling with the "w" sound in "wood"; she's very frustrated because her name is Wu. I discovered looking at Chinese phonemes "w" is sometimes silent which is exactly the problem she's having: she wants to say "ood" and not "wood". Ditto for "would".
My goal is to make a table with (1) the English phoneme (2) a Chinese word that contains the English phoneme and the Pinyin version (so I can read it).
Thanks in advance.
I have put together a google group with my attempt to set up my own answer. You can see is at https://groups.google.com/d/forum/cupronunce. The basic approach is to
- Find a site that had English with the IPA listed
- Find a site that had IPA to Pinyin
- Find a site that had Pinyin to Mandarin
We know that it's a partial function each way, so the missing links are the parts to concentrate on fixing.
Any comments gratefully accepted.