Reading Tool:

Free Phonetic Instruction

Proportional Reading


Code: \&\ = a in schwa; \a-\ = long a;

\o^\ = ^ above o;

\ù\ = oo with concave half-circle above;

“vowel” Consonant e = silent e rule

Sound Files:

1. Letter Sounds of A

2. Letter Sounds of B-H

3. Letter Sounds of I-O

4. Letter Sounds of P-T

5. Letter Sounds of U-Z

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Reading Tool Handout (2 pages, print back to back)

1.  a

a has the sound \a\ in apple

a has the sound \o^\ in all

a has the sound \&\ in banana

a has the sound \a-\ in baby

a Consonant e has the sound \a-\ in safe

ai has the sound \a-i\ in sail, nail, pail

ar has the sound \ar\ in ark

ar has the sound \&r\ in liar, pedlar, dollar, cellar

au has the sound \o^\ in August

aw has the sound \o^\ in saw

ay has the sound \a-\ in play

2. b

b has the sound \b\ in bat

3. c

c has the sound \k\ in cat

c has the sound \s\ before e, i, y in center, cider,


ch has the sound \k\ in Christmas

ch has the sound \ch\ in chin, church

ch has the sound \sh\ in Chicago

chs has the sound \ks\in monarchs

ci has the sound \sh\ in physician

ck has the sound \k\ in black

cks has the sound \ks\ in racks

cs has the sound \ks\ in relics

4. d

d has the sound \d\ in dog

5. e

e has the sound \e\ in elephant

e has the sound \e-\ in recent

e has the sound \i\ in honest

e Consonant e has the sound \e-\ in these

ea has the sound \e\ in head

ea has the sound \a-\ in great

ea has the sound \e-\ in eat

ed has the sound \d\ in sailed

ed has the sound \t\ in jumped

ee has the sound \e-\ in feed

(e con't)

ei has the sound \a-\ in vein

eigh has the sound \a-\ in eight

ei has the sound \e-\ in ceiling

er has the sound \&r\ in her, fern, gallery, property,


eu has the sound \yü\ in Europe

ew has the sound \ü\ in grew

ew has the sound \yü\ in few

ey has the sound \e-\ in valley

ey has the sound \a-\ in they

6. f

f has the sound \f\ in fun

7. g

g has the sound \g\ in game, got

g has the sound \j\ before e, i, y in general, giant,


8. h

h has the sound \h\ in ham

9. i

i has the sound \i\ in it, jib

i has the sound \&\ in minimum

i has the sound \i-\ in spider

i Consonant e has the sound \i-\ in pine

ie has the sound \e-\ in chief

igh has the sound \i-\ in light

ir has the sound \&r\ in sir, firm

10. j

j has the sound \j\ in jam

11. k

k has the sound \k\ in kite

ks has the sound \ks\in banks

Vowel kes has the sound \ks\ in rakes

12. l

l has the sound \l\ in let, left

13. m

m has the sound \m\ in man

14. n

n has the sound \n\ in not

15. o

o has the sound \o\ in not

o has the sound \&\ in cover

o has the sound \o-\ in pony, row

o has the sound \ù\ in wolf, woman

o Consonant e has the sound \o-\ in home

oa has the sound \o-\ in boat

oe has the sound \o-\ in toe

oi has the sound \o-i\ in boil, toil

(o con't)

or has the sound \&r\ in actor, collector, doctor

oo has the sound \ü\ in food

oo has the sound \ù\ in book

ou has the sound \ü\ in soup

ou has the sound \ou\ in out

ou has the sound  \ù\ in could

ous has the sound \&s\ in dangerous

ow has the sound \ou\ in cow, bow

ow has the sound \o-\ in snow, row (a boat),

     bow (and arrow)

oy has the sound \o-i\ in toy

16. p

p has the sound  \p\ in pan

ph has the sound \f\ in phone

17. q

qu has the sound \qu\ in quick

18. r

r has the sound \r\ in rat

19. s

s has the sound \s\ in sat

s has the sound \z\ in nose

sc has the sound \s\ in science

sh has the sound \sh\ in ship

si has the sound \ch\ in expansion

si has the sound \sh\ in compulsion

si has the sound \zh\ in emersion 


20. t

t has the sound \t\ in rat

tch has the sound \ch\ in catch

th has the sound \th\ in this, that, those

ti has the sound \ch\ in attention

ti has the sound \sh\ in partial

tu has the sound \chu\ in nature

21. u

u has the sound \&\ in cut

u has the sound \ù\ in put, pull

u has the sound \ü\ in ruby

u has the sound \yü\ in music

u Consonant e has the sound \ü\ in rule

u Consonant e has the sound \yü\ in  mule

ue has the sound \ü\ in true

ur has the sound \&r\ in curl, burn, fur,

  gurgle, curfew, pursue

us has the sound \&s\ in circus

22. v

v has the sound \v\ in victory

23. w

w has the sound \w\ in win

24. x

x has the sound \ks\ in box

x has the sound \z\ in xylophone

25. y

y has the sound \i\ in gym

y has the sound \i-\ in cyclone

y has the sound \e-\ in candy

y Consonant e has the sound \i-\ in type

26. z

z has the sound \z\ in zebra

Learn More About Reading Well & Our 12 Class Course

The Following Subject Matter Is Meant As Review & Practice For

Additional Subjects Which We Have Discussed In Class.

Prefixes And Suffixes

Common Words with Same Spelling, But Two Different Pronunciations and/or Meanings, often different parts of speech:








These few words are often mispronounced by the computer voice.

Different Ways Punctuation Intervals Relate Within A Sentence:

Simple list: of items, emotions, verbs

Who is talking, about to talk, or just talked, and how

Adjective or adverbial phrase beginning with a word ending in “ing”


Exclamation, Command, or Question

Time sequence: before, after, once upon a time, then, now

Location explanation

Main thought with subject, verb and usually an object

Cause and effect: because, due to

Corollary: as a result

Logic: premise and/or conclusion

Exception, or In addition, or despite

Example: for example

Brief interjection, usually within hyphens

Numbered or lettered list of similar points

Additional detail about someone or something: often begins with pronoun like who, which, or that

Avoid Making or Getting “Duped” Or “Taken In” By Logical Fallacies

The 18 Bad Reading Habits, Easily Corrected. The Following Bad Reading Habits Are Easy & Quick To Fix:


    Not Decoding. Not Checking that Printed Letters

    and Your Corresponding Sounds Match Up.

    Cognitive Dissonance

    Not Limiting Guessing to Choice of Different Sounds

    From the Same Letter Combinations


    Physically Shaking or “Attacking” the Screen

    Making Reversals on Two and Three Letter Words

    Machine Gun Reading; Not Pausing at “Commas”

    Semi-Colons and/or Periods.

    Adding an “s” Sound to the End of Words


    Not Backing Up and Re-Reading When You Hear an

    Inner Voice Telling You That You have “messed up”.

    Not Reading Fluently; Not Reading All the Words to the

    first “comma” or “semi-colon” Smoothly, and then

    Pausing Briefly Before Continuing On, Similarly, to the

    End of the Sentence.

Uses Of Auditory Memory

  1. 1.Make sure your reading is making sense; back up and reread if your auditory memory is not making sense.

  2. 2.Answer simple questions, by repeating sections of the

    audio memory of what you just read.

  1. 3.Provides a model of silent reading experience: no whispering, moving lips, or reading out loud; hear your inner voice.

  2. 4.Provides the sound component in the movies you make as you read.

How To Keep From Falling Asleep When You Read.

Easily Fixed Causes Of Reading Mistakes

  1. 1.Letters are too small.

  2. 2.Text is too dark.

  3. 3.Text is too close or too far from your eyes.

  4. 4.Text is not parallel with the line between your eyes.

  5. 5.You need to wear reading glasses.

  6. 6.Not pausing enough at commas, semi-colons and periods.

Proper Reading Posture

How To Overcome Subvocalization, Whispering And Lip Movement, And Start Hearing An Inner Voice. Read The Introduction And Watch All Seven Movies.

How To Build Your Vocabulary While Reading

The 23 Basic Comprehension Skills

Overview Of This Course. Learn Where You Have Been And What Lies Ahead For You In This Course.

  1. 1.We teach 1on1 in groups where everyone gets individual instruction throughout the class. This makes quality instruction affordable for all, as well as being compatible with existing High School and Adult Literacy classes, and enabling Distance Learning and Program Outreach.

  1. 2.Students only need an iPod touch and keyboard to do this program at home, or in groups at school or at adult literacy centers. This is affordable by all.

  1. 3.The controls and operations learned in class are the same ones used independently at home, or elsewhere.

  1. 4.This is a 12 class program of interactive computer voice and text, based on reading great literature.

  1. 5.All the course material is on the Internet at our site, and available for free, anytime of day or night. This includes our progression of specially formatted great literature.

  1. 6.We start with decoding, automaticity and fluency, and overcoming the 18 bad reading habits. Then we move on to increasing comprehension in four different ways. Students get comfortable reading a sentence at a time. This concludes the first part of the course.

  1. 7.In the second part of the course, we work on increasing speed and comprehension by overcoming subvocalization and lip reading, and by learning how to hear an inner voice as one reads silently. We also work on concept mapping and building vocabulary.

  1. 8.As we go through this course from start to finish, we progress from reading a phrase at a time, to reading a punctuation interval at a time, to reading a sentence at a time, and finally to reading a paragraph at a time, with instruction at each level.

  1. 9.In this process we move from reading out loud before hearing the computer voice, to reading silently with the computer voice (at normal reading and speaking speed), to reading silently ahead of the computer voice (at speeds 350-500 wpm and up).

  1. 10.At this point students are able to use our technology to read any article on the Internet with Computer Voice at good speed and with excellent comprehension, as they continue to develop transferrable skills.

Order and Content of Our 12 Lecture Course


Level One (One Word at a Time)

1. Learn about large type, and how to adjust font size.

2. Learn about vertical peripheral vision.

3. Learn about enlarging or shrinking font size, if possible on your device.

4. How specific help for Dyslexia, Irlen Syndrome, and Macular Degeneration works.

5. Learn how to read vertically, with or without sound.

6. Learn how to avoid falling asleep when reading, and how to adjust background and lighting.

7. Learn about proper reading posture.

Level Two (A Phrase at a Time)

1. Learn how short direction words are followed by longer object words.

2. Learn how preposition phrases create questions and answers.

3. Learn how to read more than one word at a time, for first graders.

4. Learn how to prevent stuttering.

5. Learn Echo technique (for developmentally delayed students).

6. Learn Clue and Read technique for Autism: hear section then read one word at a time.

7. See yourself projecting, and learn how to stop.

8. See yourself perseverate, and learn how to stop.

9. Learn how to stop “wiggling” and “punching at” words.

10. See yourself adding letters or syllables that aren’t present.

11. Fill in gaps in Structured Phonetics if necessary.

12. Help for Delayed Audio Processing.

13. Learn how to read out loud before sound.

Level Three (A Punctuation Interval at a Time)

1. Help for being overwhelmed by too much text at a time.

2. Additional help for Delayed Audio Processing.

3. Improve Fluency.

4. Reread second time with fluency, if stumbled, or got stuck.

5. What is auditory memory?

6. Learn how to answer questions with Auditory Memory.

7. Learn how to use auditory memory to check meaning; reread if necessary.

8. Understand the Questions and Answers in each Punctuation Interval.

9. Continue to read out loud before sound, but fluently.

10. Hear the music in each sentence.

11. Learn how to make pictures of visual text.

Level Four (A Sentence at a Time)

1. Learn how punctuation Intervals relate to each other.

2. What are the basic 10 types of relationship, including four types of sentence and four types of list.

3. See the big Question and Answer in each sentence.

4. Learn how to connect separate images into a movie.

5. Learn how to add auditory memory and thinking about Q&A to make a full movie.

6. Learn how to answer questions by playing back the movie you have created.

7. Read silently with sound.

8. Watch 6 movies about overcoming subvocalization.

9. Learn how to read just ahead of sound, pausing briefly on larger words, then at punctuation points.

10. Learn how to use your peripheral vision to read proportionally to sound, at any speed. Proportionally means longer time spent on longer words and pausing at the end of punctuation intervals and sentences, just as in speech, regardless of speed, even at 350-500 wpm. and higher.

11. Learn how to pause and then continue the sentence, repeating the sentence if necessary.

12. Learn how to change voice speed.

13. Learn how to look up word, and build a vocabulary file without any typing.

Level Five (A Paragraph at a time)

1. Learn about Choice of one sentence at a time in Paragraph, or whole paragraph at a time.

2. Learn how sentences relate to each other.

3. Learn about the hierarchy of meaning: key thought.

4. Learn how to identify the key word of each paragraph.

5. Learn how the sentences in the paragraph relate to this key word.

6. How to build a vocabulary file.

7. Be sure to check out the graphics and animations.

8. Learn to re-read paragraph asking questions, and answering before hearing.

9. Learn how to pause whenever confused and then continue on; or select rest of paragraph to be read.

10. Learn how to copy notes without any typing.

Level Six (A Chapter at a time)

1. Learn how the Key words of the succeeding paragraphs relate.

2. Build a mind map.

3. Check your place in outline of chapters and chapter sub-titles.

4. Use of classical music.

5. Learn how to use a copy of the book’s Outline.

6. Learn about dictating mind map as you read and create it.

Additional Subjects

1. Dictionary Course: How to Use

2. Vocabulary Course

3. Audio Editing

4. How to Format Text

5. Use of Digital Recorder for Writing

6. Dictation Skill


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