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Pronunciation guide: Pronunciation is shown using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)

Consonants
Symbol Keyword
p pen
b back
t ten
d day
k key
g get
f fat
v view
θ thing
ð then
s soon
z zero
ʃ ship
ʒ pleasure
h hot
x loch
cheer
jump
m sum
n sun
ŋ sung
w wet
l let
r red
j yet
Vowels
Symbol Keyword
short ɪ bit
e bed
æ cat
ɒ dog (British English)
ʌ cut
ʊ put
ə about
i happy
u actuality
long sheep
ɑː father
ɒː dog (American English)
ɔː four
boot
ɜː bird
diphthongs make
lie
ɔɪ boy
əʊ note (British English)
note (American English)
now
ɪə real
hair (British English)
ʊə pure (British English)
peculiar
Special Signs
$ separates British and American pronunciations: British on the left, American on the right
/ ˈ / shows main stress
/ ˌ / shows secondary stress
/ ◂ / shows stress shift