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IPA pronunciation key[edit]

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In Teflpedia we normally don't indicate syllable boundaries. CALD and WEMD do, and this allows them to represent some nuances of English pronunciation.

Official pronunciation key: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/help/phonetics.html

IPA vowels
æ ɑː
trap father - start
e
dress face square
ɪ ɪə
kit fleece near
ɒ əʊ ɔː
lot goat taught
ʊ ʊə
foot goose mature
juː jʊə
cute cure
ʌ ə ɜː
strut comma nurse
ɔɪ
price mouth choice
Sample word CALD - UK CALD - US CACD (US) CLD (UK) WEMD (US) Teflpedia Comments
trap /æ/ /æ/ /æ/ /æ/ /æ/ /æ/
marry /ær./ /er./ /ær./ /ær/ /ær·/ /ær/ CALD-US: Mary-marry-merry merger
bath /ɑː/ /æ/ /æ/ /ɑː/ /æ/ /ɑː,BrE æAmE/
palm, father /ɑː/ /ɑː/ /ɑ/ /ɑː/ /ɑ/ /ɑː/
start /ɑː/ /ɑːr/ /ɑr/ /ɑː/ /ɑr/ /ɑːr/
star /ɑːʳ/ /ɑːr/ /ɑr/ /ɑːʳ/ /ɑr/ /ɑːr/
safari /ɑː.r/ /ɑːr./ /ɑr·/ /ɑːr/ /ɑr·/ /ɑːr/
dress /e/ /e/ /e/ /e/ /e/ /e/
merry /er./ /er./ /er·/ /er/ /er·/ /er/
square /eəʳ/ /er/ /eər/ /eəʳ/ /eər/ /eər/ CALD-US: Mary-marry-merry merger
parent /eə.r/ /er./ /eər·, pær·/ /eər/ /eər·/ /eər/ CALD-US: Mary-marry-merry merger
face, player /eɪ/ /eɪ/ /eɪ/ /eɪ/ /eɪ/ /eɪ/
kit /ɪ/ /ɪ/ /ɪ/ /ɪ/ /ɪ/ /ɪ/
mirror /ɪr./ /ɪr./ /ɪr·/ /ɪr/ /ɪr·/ /ɪ/
material /ɪə.r/ /ɪr./ /ɪr·/ /ɪər/ /ɪər·/ /ɪər/ CALD-US and CACD: nearer-mirror merger
near /ɪəʳ/ /ɪr/ /ɪər/ /ɪəʳ/ /ɪər/ /ɪər/ CALD-US: nearer-mirror merger
fleece /iː/ /iː/ /i/ /iː/ /i/ /iː/
happy, various /i/ /i/ /i/ /i/ /i/ /iː/ CALD and CLD: Special symbol /i/ means /iː/ or /ɪ/
lot /ɒ/ /ɑː/ /ɑ/ /ɒ/ /ɑ/ /ɒ/
cloth /ɒ/ /ɑː/ /ɔ/ /ɒ/ /ɔ/ */ or /ɒBrE, ɔːAmE/ CALD-US: Cot-caught merger
sorry /ɒr./ /ɔːr./ /ɑr·, ɔr·/ ɒr /ɑr·/ /ɒr/ /ɔːr/ is Canadian pronunciation
borrow /ɒr./ /ɑːr./ /ɑr·, ɔr·/ /ɒr/ /ɑr·/ /ɒr/ /ɔːr/ is Canadian pronunciation
laurel, moral /ɒr./ /ɔːr./ /ɔr·, ɑr·/ /ɒr/ /ɔr·, ɑr·/ /ɒrBrE, ɔːrAmE/
goat /əʊ/ /oʊ/ /oʊ/ /əʊ/ /oʊ/ /əʊ/
obey /əʊ, ə/ /oʊ/ /oʊ/ /əʊ/ /oʊ/ /ə,BrE əʊAmE/
thought /ɔː/ /ɑː/ /ɔ/ /ɔː/ /ɔ/ /ɔː/ CALD-US: Cot-caught merger
north /ɔː/ /ɔːr/ /ɔr/ /ɔː/ /ɔr/ /ɔːr/
dinosaur /ɔːʳ/ /ɔːr/ /ɔr/ /ɔːʳ/ /ɔr/ /ɔːr/
force /ɔː/ /ɔːr/ /ɔr, oʊr/ /ɔː/ /ɔr/ /ɔːr/ /oʊr/: FORCE unmerged with NORTH
door /ɔːʳ/ /ɔːr/ /ɔr, oʊr/ /ɔːʳ/ /ɔr/ /ɔːr/ /oʊr/: FORCE unmerged with NORTH
glory /ɔː.r/ /ɔːr./ /ɔr·, oʊr·/ /ɔːr/ /ɔr·/ /ɔːr/ /oʊr/: FORCE unmerged with NORTH
foot /ʊ/ /ʊ/ /ʊ/ /ʊ/ /ʊ/ /ʊ/
sure /ɔːʳ/ /ʊr/ /ʊər, oʊr/ /ɔːʳ/ /ʊər/ /ʊər, ɔːrBrE/
insurance /ɔː.r, ʊə.r/ /ɜ.r/ /ʊər·, ɜr·/ /ʊər/ /ʊər·/ /ʊər, ɔːrBrE/ The syllable separator after /ɜ/ is probably wrong; the pronunciation /ɪnˈʃɜ.r.əns/ has a syllable that is only /r/
tour /ʊəʳ, ɔːʳ/ /ʊr/ /ʊr/ /ʊəʳ/ /ʊr/ /ʊər/
tourist /ʊə.r, ɔː.r/ /ʊr./ /ʊr·/ /ʊər/ /ʊr·/ /ʊər/
sanctuary /ʊə.r/ /u.er/ /u·er/ /ʊər/ N/A /uːər,BrE uːˌerAmE/
Jurassic /ʊə.r/ /ə.r/ N/A N/A N/A /ʊr/
guru /ʊr./ /ʊr./ /ʊər·, u·r/ /uːr/ N/A /ʊr/
Burundi /ʊ.r/ /ʊ.r/ N/A /ʊr/ N/A /ʊr/
goose /uː/ /uː/ /u/ /uː/ /u/ /uː/
cute, dispute /juː/ /juː/ /ju/ /juː/ /ju/ /juː/
continuous /ju/ /ju/ /ju/ /ju/ /ju/ /juː/ CALD and CLD: Special symbol /u/ means /uː/ or /ʊ/
new /juː/ /uː/ /u/ /juː/ /u/ /juː/
cure /jʊəʳ/ /jʊr/ /jʊər/ /jʊəʳ/ /jʊər/ /jʊər/
curable /jʊə.r/ /jʊr./ /jʊər·/ N/A N/A /jʊər/
mural /jʊə.r/ /jʊr./ /jʊr·/ /jʊər/ N/A /jʊər/
strut, much /ʌ/ /ʌ/ /ʌ/ /ʌ/ /ʌ/ /ʌ/
nurse /ɜːr/ /ɝː/ /ɜr/ /ɝː/ /ɜr/ /ɜːr/
furry /ɜː.r/ /ɝː./ /ɜr·, ʌr·/ /ɜːr/ /ɜr·/ /ɜːr/
hurry /ʌr./ /ɝː./ /ɜ·r, ʌ·r/ /ʌ/ /ɜr·, ʌr·/ /ʌr,BrE ɜːrAmE/ US: Hurry-furry merger
comma /ə/ /ə/ /ə/ /ə/ /ə/ /ə/
letter /əʳ/ /ɚ/ /ər/ /əʳ/ /ər/ /ər/
numerous /ə.r/ /ə.r/ /ər·/ /ər/ /ər·/ /ər/
normal /əl/ /əl/ /əl/ /əl/ /əl/ /əl/ See IPA phonetic symbol [l̩]
dental /əl/ /əl/ /əl/ /əl/ /əl/ /əl/ See IPA phonetic symbol [l̩]
people /əl/ /əl/ /əl/ /l/ /əl/ /əl/ See IPA phonetic symbol [l̩]
pollen /ən/ /ən/ /ən/ /ən/ /ən/ /ən/
open /ən/ /ən/ /ən/ /ən/ /ən/ /ən/ See IPA phonetic symbol [n̩]
system /əm/ /əm/ /əm/ /əm/ /əm/ /əm/
rhythm /əm/ /əm/ /əm/ /əm/ /əm/ /əm/ See IPA phonetic symbol [m̩]
price /aɪ/ /aɪ/ /ɑɪ/ /aɪ/ /ɑɪ/ /aɪ/
fire, hire /aɪəʳ/ /aɪr/ /ɑɪər/ /aɪəʳ/ /ɑɪər/ /aɪər/
buyer /aɪ.əʳ/ /aɪ.ɚr/ /ɑɪ.ər/ /aɪəʳ/ /ɑɪ·ər/ /aɪər/
wiring /aɪə.r/ /aɪr./ /ɑɪər·/ /aɪər/ N/A /aɪər/
virus /aɪə.r/ /aɪ.r/ /ɑɪ·r/ /aɪər/ /ɑɪ·r/ /aɪr/
mouth /aʊ/ /aʊ/ /ɑʊ/ /aʊ/ /ɑʊ/ /aʊ/
hour /aʊəʳ/ /aʊr/ /ɑʊər/ /aʊəʳ/ ɑʊər /aʊər/
flour /aʊəʳ/ /aʊ.ɚ/ /ɑʊər/ /aʊəʳ/ /ɑʊər/ /aʊər/
flower /aʊəʳ/ /aʊ.ɚ/ /ɑʊ·ər, ɑʊər/ /aʊəʳ/ /ɑʊ·ər/ /aʊər/
flowery /aʊ.ə.r/ /aʊ.ɚ./ /ɑʊ·ə·r, ɑʊər·/ /aʊər/ N/A /aʊər/
dowry /aʊ.r/ /aʊ.r/ /ɑʊər·/ /aʊr/ N/A /aʊr/
choice /ɔɪ/ /ɔɪ/ /ɔɪ/ /ɔɪ/ /ɔɪ/ /ɔɪ/
city /t/ /t̬/ /t̬/ /t/ /t̬/ /t/ US: Narrow notation
witch /w/ /w/ /w/ /w/ /w/ /w/
which /w/ /w/ /hw, w/ /w/ /w/ /w/
Symbol not used in the dictionaries

The symbol /l̩/ (actually /l ̩/, but that's a rendering mistake), which represents syllablic /l/ (see IPA phonetic symbol [l̩]) is not used in the dictionaries. Syllabic /l/ either appears as /əl/ or as /l/.