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Pronunciation Guide

This pronunciation guide uses letters and letter combinations, rather than phonetic symbols, to stand for the various sounds in the English language.

Vowels

a cat, bat
ah father
air pear, hair
ar park
ay say, came, weigh
aw saw, bought
e bet, set
eh (used at the end of a syllable or when standing alone)
examples:
meadow (MEH-doh)
enemy (EH-nuh-mee)
but
diet (DY-et)
ee feet, neat
i sit, igloo
ih (used at the end of a syllable or when standing alone)
examples:
chicken (CHIH-ken)
miracle (MIHR-ih-kuhl)
but
picnic (PIK-nik)
ihr near, here
y fire, idol
eye (used at the beginning of a syllable or when standing alone)
examples: iron (EYE-urn)
chloride (KLOR-eyed)
but
silent (SY-luhnt)
o hot, cot
oh coat, home
oo food, rude
or tore, soar, for
oy soil, boy
ou now, couch
u put, foot
uh about, sum, china
ur hurt, alert
yoo use
yoor cure

Consonants

b bat, job
ch chop, itch
d dig, bed
f fur, tough, calf
g grape, big
h happy
j joke, nudge
k kite, car, tack
l lip, sell
m move, jam
n not, knee
ng ring
p play, hop
r rain, fur
s set, tips
ss bus, guess, fence
sh shy, fish
t toy, boat
th breath
v vine, have
w walk, where
y yes
z zip, jazz, has
zh measure

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