The importance of phonology and phonetic transcription in pronunciation

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Have you ever noticed that the 'c' in 'cat' and 'k' in kite' have the same pronunciation and phonetic transcription even though they are spelled differently? Or how the 'th' in 'the' and the one in 'thing' is pronounced and transcribed phonetically differently, although they are spelled the same? That is because the spelling and the pronunciation vary according to the place and situation.
This ambiguity in spelling and pronunciation are portrayed by phonology that deals with sound and rules of pronunciation, and because pronunciation is essential in communication, automatically it becomes important in Language itself and in learning process indeed. However, we could see that phonology and phonetic transcriptionwere in both comparison of those words, and you may ask
“why?” First, it is because phonology is the branch of linguistic that deals with sound and second, because phonetic transcription is the extraction of the precise pronunciation of the respective sounds, and so, it becomes clear that they have an extreme importance in communication.
According to what I studied in linguistic, the way we articulate and pronounce words is one of the main factors to have an efficient communication, but it is not so easy for those who speak
English as a foreign language to pronounce accurately some sounds, and studying phonology and phonetic transcription is one of the ways to make it easier. As a non native speaker, I have some difficulties to pronounce and understand some sounds that exist in English, and since I started studying Linguistic, I could see that phonetic transcription can give me a great contribution not only in my pronunciation skills, but also in my learning process.
I chose this topic because it is very relevant for me, as a student and as a future teacher, to master the pronunciation which is a goal that I have to achieve in order to communicate and understand better the English.Roach (1999, p.43) states that“Only by studying phonology of

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