Publishing PIE Books for ESL

A "PIE book for ESL" is a book that tells a story in two languages in parallel, one being Phonetically Intuitive English (PIE), the other being the reader's native language (non-English), in the hope that the reader, a person who learns English as a second language, can acquire the spelling, pronunciation and meaning of English used to tell the story. We'll show some samples below and provide a toolkit for you to create such books.


Sample PIE Books for ESL Learners

alice-chinese-pie.pdf

Intended for Chinese people learning English, this document shows Chapter 1 of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, “Down the Rabbit Hole”, in both Simplified Chinese and Phonetically Intuitive English (PIE). The Chinese translation is originally by Chao Yuen Ren (first published in 1922 and now in public domain) and revised by Ziyuan Yao in 2013 (donated to the public domain). The PIE version is generated by PIE (International) 0.6.80, in Lite mode, with a small plus sign after words with multiple pronunciations.
alice-french-pie.pdf

Intended for French people learning English, this document shows Chapter 1 of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, “Down the Rabbit Hole”, in both French and Phonetically Intuitive English (PIE). The PIE version is generated by PIE (International) 0.6.80, in Lite mode, with a small plus sign after words with multiple pronunciations.
summersday-chinese-pie.pdf

Intended for Chinese people learning English, this document shows Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day”, in both Simplified Chinese and Phonetically Intuitive English (PIE). The Chinese translation is by Wikisource.org and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License. The PIE version is generated by PIE (International) 0.6.80, in Lite mode, with a small plus sign after words with multiple pronunciations.

A Toolkit for Creating PIE Books for ESL


Here is a toolkit with which you can easily create PIE books like the above samples: pie_esl_book_toolkit.zip. It contains a step-by-step guide, Creating PIE Books for ESL.pdf. Read this guide to get started.

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