Pronunciation symbols used

These are the spellings we use to give you an indication of how a word is pronounced, whenever this isn't obvious.

Vowels

 

Consonants

Symbol As in   Symbol As in
a hat   b buy
ah calm   ch chop
aw saw   d day
ay say   f fee
ee see   g go
er sir   h hay
i hit   j joy
iy mine   k key
oh go   l lay
oo do   l lay
oy boy   m me
u put   n no
uh hut   p pay
      r ray
      s so
      sh shoe
      t too
      th (voiceless) thin
      th (voiced) this
      v vow
      w we
      y you
      z zoo
      zh illusion

' before a syllable indicates that the following syllable is stressed

 
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