A phonetic spelling dictionary is something that anyone can make to aid them in learning how to pronounce the words they want to use. Anyone who's tried to learn a language knows that the way the language is spoken can be, more often than not, extremely different from the way it looks on a page. One way to get around this is by creating phonetic spellings of every new word you learn. There aren't any hard-core rules when it comes to phonetic spellings of English words, but there are easy shortcuts and agreed upon conventions that can be put to use.
When learning a language as vast and as difficult as English, learning the phonetics of English - the way the word is pronounced - at the same time is incredibly helpful.
Studying the way a language sounds not only helps one's ability to communicate accurately, it also helps one remember the words for several reasons:
Many people are afraid of using new words because they think that they won't be able to bear the embarrassment of mispronouncing something. Almost everyone has encountered the discomfort of having one's pronunciation corrected.
By writing down the pronunciation in your own phonetic spelling dictionary, your risk of mispronounciation drops considerably, and your confidence might rise as a consequence.
You can start out with some easy words and work your way into harder ones as you continue to amass a huge lexicon of phonetic mastery.
Here are a few tips on developing your phonetic spelling dictionary:
By developing and using your custom phonetics dictionary, you will gain confidence in pronunciation and increase your comfort level enough to go out into the real world and put your growing vocabulary to use.
If you don't want to create your own custom dictionary, there are phonetic English dictionaries available online. Here are a few:
Some people choose to master the IPA. It's a valuable tool when you're studying linguistics or you want to show off to your friends. Some dictionary websites use it to describe how to pronounce their entries. For most, though, the IPA is just too much information.
Unless you're going to be a bona-fide linguist, there's really no need to have more than a passive knowledge of the IPA. It's easy enough to figure out, but the phonetic chart can be fairly off-putting, and there's just no reason to let anything get in your way of learning how to pronounce a language properly.
That said, a great deal of folks feel the need to stick to a tried and true set of rules when it comes to casual phonetics. If you are one of those people, the IPA may be the best way for you to develop your phonetic dictionary.
For the purposes of your own phonetic dictionary, just make sure you're having a good time. Writing "facade" as "fuh-sahd" is good enough, but if you like using the symbols of the IPA, go for it. Do whatever meets your particular learning needs.