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Phonetics & PhonologyThe study of phonology is one of the most, if not the most, important aspects of speaking skills. Language teachers must understand students’ barrier of communication due to mispronunciations. Nothing can be more discouraging and frustrating to speakers when they hear words like “Whaaat?”, “Can you reeepeat, please?”, “I caaan’t underrrrstaaaand what you are saaaying!” etc. The knowledge of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) empowers english learners to produce vast amount of words correctly only with a help of a dictionary easily accessible nowadays. Thus, the learning of the IPA, one aspect of phonology, can greatly benefit english learners. Many teachers unfortunately shy away from teaching the IPA for they are not well versed. The confusions are often created due to the variations in use of the IPA. The number of phoneme keys and what they define as vowels and consonants are different from one dictionary to another. The list of dictionaries and textbooks with the number of phoneme keys used is as follows: Online Dictionary/Book Title No. of Consonants No. of Vowels Tot. No. of Keys (1) Ditionary.com (IPA version)