Pronunciation Keys

A General Dictionary Code

           Both abridged and paperback dictionaries provide a key to pronouncing words.  It is beneficial to read the key, especially with new or unfamiliar words.  The tables below give an approximation of the sounds.

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pat

~

pay

care

father

pet

ē

be

0

pit

tie

 

pier

4

pot

toe

paw, for

oi 

noise

oo

took

boot

ou

out

th

this

th

thin

cut

urge

 

These sounds, although common, may require some special attention.

 

y

abuse

 zh

vision

c  (uh)

about, item, edible, gallop, circus