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Pronunciation Key

A list of the pronunciation symbols used on this site is given below in the column headed SYMBOL. The column headed EXAMPLES contains words chosen to illustrate how the symbols are pronounced.

The letters that correspond in sound to the symbols are shown in boldface.

EXAMPLESSYMBOL
pat
Electric blue Font Tints and shades Pattern Symmetry
pay
Font Electric blue Pattern Symmetry Tints and shades
care
Font Electric blue Symmetry Pattern Tints and shades
r
fatherä
bibb
churchch
deed, milledd
pet
Font Tints and shades Pattern Symmetry Electric blue
bee
Font Tints and shades Pattern Electric blue Symmetry
fife, phase, roughf
gagg
hath
whichhw
pit
Purple Violet Electric blue Tints and shades Font
pie, by
Purple Violet Tints and shades Electric blue Magenta
pier
Grey Tints and shades Font Monochrome photography Pattern
r
judgej
kick, cat, piquek
lid, needle*l
mumm
no, sudden*n
thingng
pot
Font Tints and shades Electric blue Pattern Symmetry
toe
Tints and shades Font Electric blue Symmetry Pattern
caught, paw, for, horrid, hoarse**ô
noiseoi
took
Font Symmetry Pattern Magenta Electric blue
boot
Font Cross Symbol Symmetry Electric blue
outou
popp
roarr
sauces
ship, dishsh
tight, stoppedt
thinth
thisth
cut
Font Tints and shades Pattern Symmetry Electric blue
urge, term, firm, word, heard
Font Tints and shades Electric blue Pattern Symmetry
r
valvev
withw
yesy
zebra, xylemz
vision, pleasure, garagezh
about, item, edible, gallop, circus
Font Circle Symmetry Tints and shades Symbol
butter
Font Circle Symmetry Tints and shades Symbol
r

*In English the consonants l and n often constitute complete syllables by themselves.
**Regional pronunciations of -or- vary. In pairs such as for, four; horse, hoarse; and morning, mourning, the vowel varies between (
) and (
). These vowels are represented as follows: for (f
r), four (f
r, f
r); horse (h
rs), hoarse (h
rs, h
rs); and morning (m
r'ning), mourning (m
r'ning, m
r'-). Other words for which both forms are shown include more, glory, and borne. A similar variant occurs in words such as coral, forest, and horrid, where the pronunciation of o before r varies between (
) and (
). In these words the (
r) pronunciation is given first: forest (f
r'ist, f
r'-).

Rectangle Font Magenta Circle Pattern
 
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