Transcriptions can also stop you from hallucinating. Let me explain what I mean. Here’s an English word: colonel . And here is its audio pronunciation. Did you notice anything unusual about this word and its pronunciation? If you didn’t notice anything, here’s a hint: how many l ’s does it have when you say it? That’s right – only one l . However, it is very easy to miss that because the spelling colonel makes you expect two l ’s. This expectation can affect your perception – when you listen to the recording, it’s very easy to hear two l ’s even though there is only one! Seeing the phonetic transcription /ˈkɜːn ə l/ can help you notice that the first l in colonel is silent.