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The Dictionary.com Unabridged® Dictionary Pronunciation Key

IPA Pronunciation

Stress marks: /ˈ/ indicates primary stressed syllable follows; /ˌ/ indicates secondary stressed syllable follows, as in newspaper /ˈnuzˌpeɪ pər/ and information /ˌɪn fərˈmeɪ ʃən/

CONSONANTS

/b/

boy,baby, rob

/d/

do, ladder, bed

/dʒ/ jump, budget, age
/f/  food, offer, safe
/g/ get, bigger, dog
/h/ happy, ahead
/k/ can, speaker, stick
/l/ let, follow, still
/m/ make, summer, time
/n/  no, dinner, thin
/ŋ/ singer, think, long
/p/ put, apple, cup
/r/ run, marry, far, store
/s/ sit, city, passing, face
/ʃ/ she, station, push
/t/ top, better, cat
/tʃ/  church, watching, nature, witch
/θ/ thirsty, nothing, math
/ð/ this, mother, breathe
/v/ very, seven, love
/w/  wear, away
/ʰw/  where, somewhat
/y/  yes, onion
/z/  zoo, easy, buzz
/ʒ/  measure, television, beige

VOWELS

/æ/ apple, can, ha
/eɪ/ aid, hate, day
/ɑ/ arm, father, aha
/ɛər/  air, careful, wear
/ɔ/ all, or, talk, lost, saw
/aʊər/ hour
/ɛ/ ever, head, get
/i/ eat, see, need
/ɪər/ ear, hero, beer
/ər/ teacher, afterward, murderer
/ɜr/ early, bird, stirring
/ɪ/ it, big, finishes
/aɪ/ I, ice, hide, deny
/aɪər/ fire, tired
/ɒ/ odd, hot, waffle 
/oʊ/ owe, road, below
/u/ ooze, food, soup, sue
/ʊ/ good, book, put
/ɔɪ/  oil, choice, toy
/aʊ/ out, loud, how
/ʌ/ up, mother, mud
/ə/ about, animal, problem, circus

 

 FOREING SOUNDS

/a/ Fr. ami
/ə/ Fr. oeuvre
/œ/ Fr. feu, Ger. schön
/r/ Fr. au revoir, Yiddish rebbe
/ü/ Fr. tu, Ger. über
/x/ Scot. lochGer. ach or ich

 

 SAMPLE NASALIZED VOWELS
/ɑ̃/ Fr. bien
/ɑ̃/ Fr. croissant

/ɔ̃/

Fr. bon

/œ̃/ Fr. parfum
/ĩ/ Port. Prīncipe
/ɪ̃/ Port. linguiça

 

 


singer, think, long
singer, think, long
singer, think, long
singer, think, long
singer, think, long
singer, think, long
singer, think, long
singer, think, long
singer, think, long
singer, think, long
sit, city, passing, face
sit, city, passing, face
sit, city, passing, face
sit, city, passing, face

thirsty, nothing, math
thirsty, nothing, math
wear, away
where, somewhat
yes, onion

aid, hate, day
aid, hate, day
eat, see, need
teacher, afterward, murderer
teacher, afterward, murderer
early, bird, stirring
it, big, finishes
fire, tired
odd, hot, waffle
out, loud, how
out, loud, how
about, animal, problem, circus
about, animal, problem, circus

Fr. bon
Fr. bon
Fr. bon