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The Dictionary.com Unabridged® Dictionary Pronunciation Key

Spelled Pronunciation

Stress marks: [bold type] indicates the primary stressed syllable, as in news‧pa‧per[nooz-pey-per] and in‧for‧ma‧tion [in-fer-mey-shuhn] 

CONSONANTS

[b]

boy,baby, rob

[d]

do, ladder, bed

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

VOWELS

[a] apple, can, hat
[ey] aid, hate, day

[ah]

arm, father, aha

[air] air, careful, wear
[aw] all, or, talk, lost, saw
[e] ever, head, get
[ee] eat, see, need
[eer]  ear, hero, beer
[er] teacher, afterward, murderer
[i] it, big, finishes
[ahy] I, ice, hide, deny
[o] odd, hot, waffle
[oh] owe, road, below
[oo] ooze, food, soup, sue
[oo] good, book, put
[oi] oil, choice, toy
[ou] out, loud, how
[uh] up, mother, mud
[uh] about, animal, problem, circus
[ur] early, bird, stirring

 

 FOREING SOUNDS

[a] Fr. ami
[kh] Scot. loch, Ger. ach or ich 
[œ] Fr. feu, Ger. schö
[r] Fr. au revoirYiddish rebbe 
[uh]  Fr. oeuvre
[y] Fr. tuGer. über

 

 SAMPLE NASALIZED VOWELS
[an] Fr. bien
[ahn] Fr. croissant

[awn]

Fr. bon

n]  Fr. parfum 
[in] Port. Prīncipe 

 

 


happy, ahead
 jump, budget, age
get, bigger, dog
get, bigger, dog

VOWELS
[a] apple, can, hat
[ey] aid, hate, day
[ah] arm, father, aha
[air] air, careful, wear
[aw] all, or, talk, lost, saw
[e]
VOWELS
[a] apple, can, hat
[ey] aid, hate, day
[ah] arm, father, aha
[air] air, careful, wear
[aw] all, or, talk, lost, saw
[e]

Scot. lochGer. ach or ich
Scot. lochGer. ach or ich
Fr. au revoirYiddish rebbe
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