I speak American English and am trying to learn Sinhala and have found conflicting spelled descriptions of Sinhala words in various learning resources, so I started trying to figure out how to notate more accurately once I hear an authentic native pronunciation.
I've found several IPA-for-English learning resources and have learned probably what one would consider basic IPA-for-English, and yet haven't found the sounds that I hear pronounced.
Like a sound that seems halfway between a B or a P.
Or the kind of "hindi" sounding D/T.
I assume there IPA symbols for these sounds and resources on these somewhere?
Or would it be better to learning a system other than IPA, like NAVLIPI, which is supposed to be suited towards Asian languages?
NAVLIPI sounds interesting to me, but it seems I'd be learning it based on a book, which seems inferior to having a lot of audio resources such as those that exist for the IPA.
I know very little about all of this, so thank you for your patience!