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Vowels and
representative words

/e/peg, bread
/i/pig, wanted
/o/log, want
/u/plug, love
/ae/pain, day, gate, station
/ee/sweet, heat, thief, these
/ie/tried, light, my, shine, mind
/oe/road, blow, bone, cold
/ue/moon, blue, grew, tune
/oo/look, would, put
/ar/cart, fast (regional)
/ur/burn, first, term
/or/torn, door, warn (regional)
/au/haul, law, call
/er/circus, sister
/ow/down, shout
/oi/coin, boy
/air/stairs, bear, hare
/ear/fear, beer, here

Consonants and
representative words

/f/field, photo
/j/judge, giant, barge
/k/cook, quick, mix, Chris
/m/monkey, comb
/n/nut, knife, gnat
/r/rabbit, wrong
/s/sun, mouse, city, science
/wh/where (regional)
/z/zebra, please, is
/ch/chip, watch
/sh/ship, mission, chef
/ng/ring, sink

Diese Probleme haben manche leute schon auf die skurilsten Ideen gebracht:

The New English Orthography

Nu Orzografi

In the first year, s will be used instead of the soft c. Sertainly, sivil servants will resieve this news with joy. Also, the hard c will be replased with k. Not only will this klear up konfusion, but type writers kan have one less letter. There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the second year, when the troublesome ph will be replased by f. This will make words like "fotograf" 20 per sent shorter.
In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of silent es in the language is disgrasful, and they would go.
By the fourth year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing th with z, and w with v.
During the fifz year, ze unesesary o kan be dropd from vords kontaining ou, and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.
After zis fifz yer, we vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer.
Ze drem vil finali kum tru.

Amusing, isn't it? On the other hand, good jesters do not necessarily make good linguists:
the letters v and w e. g. do not represent the same sound – no native speaker of English
would pronounce vary and wary in the same way!

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