Phondot, a New Approach to Phonics


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Phondot is a revolutionary system for teaching reading to beginning English readers. The system indicates pronunciation in English text without requiring that the text be respelled. The goal of the system is to make English as easy to learn to read as languages like Italian, Spanish, or Finnish. It should be possible using Phondot to teach children to learn to read in kindergarten, and thus advance the teaching of elementary subjects at least one full year.

Phondot makes no use of traditional diacritics. Individual letters are coded in a way which makes almost any standard text as pronounceable as c a t n i p. No color is required and marked text is readable on any computer monitor. The coding scheme is easy to learn from association with known words.


The website provides a downloadable 160 page Primer and other examples of phondot encoded text.


In addition to the samples of Phondot text, the site provides the Phondot Converter, an online application which allows you to convert regular English text, either typed-in or uploaded from your hard disk, into Phondot encoded text. This can be useful for the teacher in need of additional teaching materials. Note that you must install the AROBASE fonts to read the converted output correctly.



Introduction to the Phondot System:


The Phondot Primer in two parts pdf format


The first part of the Phondot Primer (material for use in teaching reading):


The second part of the Phondot Primer (intended primarily for the teacher):


Phondot Primer Index pdf format


Index pages for both parts of the Phondot Primer:


Tawnycat story:


300 Word List:

The following lists contain 300 fairly simple words irregularly spelled.


In the first list the words are unmarked. In the second the words are

Phondot encoded.


2161 Common Words arranged in lists

The following lists are both phondot encoded.

Each list consists of 2161 words arranged in 15 groups.

The first group has 102 of the most common words. The next group has

the next most common words. This progression continues until

all 2161 words have been shown. Viewing of the .doc version requires

installation of the AROBASE fonts



Installation of the eight AROBASE fonts is required for viewing Phondot-encoded material:


Instructions for installation of type-fonts: install.htm


The eight AROBASE fonts in zip format for download:


Note: installation of the AROBASE fonts is required in order to view the following material:


The Phondot converter, which enables conversion of English text to Phondot notation.



The Phondot Primer in .doc format: one.doc two.doc


The Phondot Primer in .doc format: three.doc



The Number of Sounds in NBC English:

In the following URL I show all the sounds of vowels and consonants in English (NBC English). I also show the various sounds which consonants can represent, as well as a short list of digraphs and some of their sounds. The second URL shows the same document with Phondot encoding.



The following systems are unrelated to Phondot but are included here for those interested

in the design of respell systems for NBC English:


The SRS System (minimal respell) Considerable use is made of existing conventions.


The SRS4g System is a rigorous respell system using diacritics. Stress is not shown.


The bobdot System is based on the SRS4g system but is unique in that the stressed

syllable is always apparent. Use was made of some of the bobdot symbology in the

design of the Phondot Converter.


The Bobdot converter:


This converter produces respelled text with pronunciation indicated by the use of diacritics. The respelled text is immediately viewable and is capable of being saved with no requirement for any special type fonts.


See (by Alan Beale)for a description of other approaches to the respelling of English.



Robert Boden, Inventor of Phondot
This site now managed by his daughter.
Pamela Smith