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1. (WO1997016810) METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR TEACHING ENGLISH
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Claims

What is claimed is:

1. Apparatus for teaching English, comprising means for displaying English text together with visual pronunciation clues, wherein said clues are attached only to words in said text which have either an irregular or ambiguous pronunciation.

2. Apparatus for teaching English according to claim 1 , wherein said visual clues include a color and/or symbol attached to a word as warning sign, that the pronunciation of that word is irregular or ambiguous.

3. Apparatus for teaching English according to claim 1 , wherein said visual clues include color coding, using a color for each separate sound whose pronunciation it is desired to so indicate.

4. Apparatus for teaching English according to claim 1 , wherein said visual clues include symbols each attached to a word, wherein each of said symbols indicates a specific sound whose pronunciation it is desired to so indicate.

5. Apparatus for teaching English according to claim 1 , wherein said visual clues include a combination of color coding and symbols attached to
various words as required, with one of said color or said symbol used to designate each separate sound whose pronunciation it is desired to so indicate.

6. Apparatus for teaching English according to claim 1 , 3 or 5 wherein at least part of said colors are sound/color matched.

7. Apparatus for teaching English according to claim 1 , 4 or 5 wherein at least part of said symbols are sound/symbol matched.

8. Apparatus for teaching English according to claim 1 , 3, 5 or 6 wherein said color clue comprises, for each said word which includes an irregular or ambiguous sound whose correct pronunciation it is desired to indicate therewith, the writing or display in color of that said word in its entirety.

9. Apparatus for teaching English according to claim 1 , 3 or 5 wherein vowel color coding includes sound/color matched pairs as gray color for the vowel sound like in "may" and/or green color for the sound like in "we" and/or mauve color for the sound in "go" and/or blue color for the sound in "too" and/or brown for the sound in "now" and/or white for the sound in "I" and/or turquoise for the sound in "curl".

10. Apparatus for teaching English according to claim 1 , 4 or 5 wherein symbol coding for vowels includes sound/symbol matched pairs as egg symbol for the vowel in "egg" and/or igloo symbol for the vowel in "busy" and/or orange symbol for the vowel in "what" and/or umbrella for the vowel in "some" and/or book for the sound in "could".

11. Apparatus for teaching English according to claim 1 , 4 or 5 wherein the symbol coding for consonants includes intuitive symbols as an underline for silent consonants and/or a slash 7" for the silent "y" like in "beauty" and/or a line above a soft letter like above "s" in "rose" and "g" in "barge" and/or capital letters to denote the sound of "sh".

12. Apparatus for teaching English according to claim 1 , 2 or 3 wherein said color coding comprises a color background to said word, or a color line above or below said word, or a colored area before/around said word.

13. Apparatus for teaching English according to claim 1 , 2 or 3 wherein said display means include a printed medium or an electronic display means.

14. A method for teaching English by simultaneously conveying to the student the spelling of each word and its pronunciation, including the steps of:
(A) preparing a list of visual clues to indicate each the pronunciation
of a sound in English; and (B) preparing a message including text in English with visual pronunciation clues according to the list prepared in step (A), wherein said clues are attached only to words in said text which have either an irregular or ambiguous pronunciation.

15. A method for teaching English according to claim 14, wherein said visual clues include color coding, using a color for each separate sound whose pronunciation it is desired to so indicate, and/or symbols each attached to a word, wherein each of said symbols indicates a specific sound whose pronunciation it is desired to so indicate.