Why do we need the Expressive English Alphabet?
We need a new English alphabet because our current one doesn’t work very well.
Look at this sentence: We need a new alphabet.
Think about how difficult this sentence would be to learn for a child or a foreign language student.
There are 5 ‘e’s in that sentence, yet the one ‘e’ in ‘we’ has the same sound as the double ‘e’ in ‘need’. The other two ‘e’s each have different sounds.
There are 3 ‘a’s, yet one is pronounced differently to the others.
There are 2 ‘w’s, yet both have different sounds.
A ‘p’ makes one sound and an ‘h’ makes another, yet a ‘ph’ makes the same sound as an ‘f’.
This is just one example of how crazy English spelling can be.
At the moment, on average, it can take between 7-9 years for an English speaking child to learn how to read and write at a proficient level. However, it takes more like 2-4 years for Italian children to learn how to read and write Italian, with its simpler spelling rules. Imagine how much more English speaking children could learn if they only took 2-4 years to learn how to read and write!
On top of this, the majority of English speakers around the world are not native speakers. Most had to learn English as a foreign language. If we could make it easier to learn English, then we could potentially create more opportunities for people throughout the world.