Key to pronunciation: U.S. English

The pronunciations given are those in use among educated urban speakers of standard English in the United States, and the keywords given here are to be understood as pronounced in such speech.

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Vowels

as in…
ifleece /flis/
ihappy /ˈhæpi/
ɪkit /kɪt/
ɛdress /drɛs/, carry /ˈkɛri/
ætrap /træp/
ɑfather /ˈfɑðər/, lot /lɑt/
ɔ, ɑhawk /hɔk/, /hɑk/
əcup /kəp/, alpha /ˈælfə/
ʊfoot /fʊt/
ugoose /ɡus/
ɔrforce /fɔrs/, north /nɔrθ/
ərnurse /nərs/
ɪ(ə)rhere /hɪ(ə)r/
ɛ(ə)rsquare /skwɛ(ə)r/
ʊ(ə)rcure /kjʊ(ə)r/
face /feɪs/
price /praɪs/
mouth /maʊθ/
goat /ɡoʊt/ 
ɔɪchoice /tʃɔɪs/
æ̃dauphin /doʊˈfæ̃/
ɑ̃salon /sæˈlɑ̃/
ticket /ˈtɪkᵻt/ – free variation between /ɪ/ and /ə/
ᵿunique /jᵿˈnik/ – free variation between /ʊ/ and /ə/

Consonants

as in…
bbig /bɪɡ/ 
ddig /dɪɡ/ 
jet /dʒɛt/
ðthen /ðɛn/
ffig /fɪɡ/
ɡget /ɡɛt/
hhow /haʊ/
jyes /jɛs/
kkit /kɪt/
lleg /lɛɡ/
mmain /meɪn/
nnet /nɛt/
ŋthing /θɪŋ/
ppit /pɪt/
rrain /reɪn/
ssit /sɪt/
ʃship /ʃɪp/
ttame /teɪm/
chip /tʃɪp/
θthin /θɪn/
vvet /vɛt/
wwin /wɪn/
zzip /zɪp/
ʒmeasure /ˈmɛʒər/
x(Scottish) loch /lɑx/

The consonants l, m, and n can take on the function of a vowel in some unstressed syllables. It should generally be clear when this interpretation is intended, but in cases of potential ambiguity, the symbol appears with a diacritic to mark syllabicity, as l̩, m̩ and n̩, as e.g. meddle /ˈmɛdl/, meddling/ ˈmɛdl̩ɪŋ/.

The symbol ˈ at the beginning of a syllable indicates that the syllable is pronounced with primary stress. The symbol ˌ indicates secondary stress. ˈˌ indicates that the syllable may be pronounced with either primary or secondary stress.

Round brackets in a transcription indicate that the symbol within the brackets is optional.