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Dictionary TrainingI mentioned in an earlier lesson that I carry a dictionary with me wherever I go. Actually, I carry numerous dictionaries. I presently work for the united states government and work alongside numerous allied countries. I cannot express enough the utility gained from those dictionaries. You will never find me without at least one “Berlitz Phrasebook.” One phrasebook that I carry now is the “Berlitz Mandarin.” The reason I mention it is because one of the most utilitarian aspects of a dictionary is its phonetic instructions or its phonemics. Of course, I am fascinated by Mandarin because in order for an english speaker to learn it, we must be willing to learn something called Pinyin first. Pinyin is essentially a chinese phonemic system enabling pronunciation to be more easily ascertained. Pronunciation is not inherently evident to a logographic alphabet like chinese or japanese. The importance of establishing a standard phoneme is important. This course endorsed the International Phonetic Association (IPA) standard phoneme. When I was in elementary school, my school district apparently chose the American Heritage Dictionary (AHD) as their standard. I am still trying to unlearn it.