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IPA pronunciation key[edit]

Collins Dictionaries have several pronunciations for each word. In the American section there are IPA and non-IPA pronunciations (e.g. face as /feɪs; fās/). Here we list only the IPA transcription.

In the "Learner" section the stressed vowel is underlined, instead of having an IPA stress mark.

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 Learner British American Teflpedia Comments
trap, marry æ æ æ /æ/
plastic æ æ, ɑː æ /æ/
bath ɑː, æ ɑː æ, ɑ /ɑː,BrE æAmE/
palm, father, safari ɑː ɑː ɑ /ɑː/
start, star ɑːʳ ɑː ɑr /ɑːr/
dress, merry e ɛ ɛ /e/
face /eɪ/
square eəʳ ɛə ɛr /eər/
hilarious eər ɛər ɛr /eər/ Mary-merry merger
kit, mirror ɪ ɪ ɪ /ɪ/
fleece i /iː/
near ɪəʳ ɪə ɪr /ɪər/
material ɪər ɪər ɪr /ɪər/
happy i ɪ i /iː/
various ɪə /iːə/
intermediate (adj.) ɪɪ iɪ, ieɪ /iːə/
lot ɒ ɒ ɑ /ɒ/
sorry ɒ ɒ ɑ, ɔ /ɒ/ or /ɒ,BrE ɑːAmE/
cloth, moral ɒ US ɔː ɒ ɔ, ɑ /ɒ,BrE ɔːAmE/
goat əʊ /əʊ/
thought ɔː ɔː ɔ /ɔː/
obey ə /ə,BrE əʊAmE/
north, dinosaur ɔːʳ ɔː ɔr /ɔːr/
force, four ɔːʳ ɔː ɔr, oʊr /ɔːr/
store ɔːʳ ɔː ɔr /ɔːr/ Note that "store" belongs to the FORCE lexical set
glory ɔːr ɔːr ɔr /ɔːr/ Note that "glory" belongs to the FORCE lexical set
foot ʊ ʊ ʊ /ʊ/
goose u /uː/
cute juː juː ju /juː/
new juː US juː u, ju /juː/
cure jʊəʳ jʊə jʊr /jʊər/
mural jʊər jʊər jʊr /jʊər/
sure ʊəʳ ʊə, ɔː ʊr /ʊər, ɔːrBrE/
insurance ʊər ʊər, ɔːr ʊr /ʊər, ɔːrBrE/
strut ʌ ʌ ʌ /ʌ/
nurse, fur ɜːʳ ɜː ɜr /ɜːr/
furry ɜːr ɜːr ɜr /ɜːr/
hurry ʌr US ɜːr ʌr ɜr /ʌr,BrE ɜːrAmE/
comma ə ə ə /ə/
letter əʳ ə ər /ər/
people əl əl əl /əl/ See IPA phonetic symbol [l̩]
quarrel əl əl əl /əl/ See IPA phonetic symbol [l̩]
open ən ən ən /ən/ See IPA phonetic symbol [n̩]
heron ən ən ən /ən/ See IPA phonetic symbol [n̩]
rhythm əm əm əm /əm/ See IPA phonetic symbol [m̩]
price /aɪ/
fire aɪəʳ aɪə aɪr /aɪər/
iron aɪəʳ aɪə aɪər /aɪər/
firing N/A aɪər aɪr /aɪər/
virus aɪər aɪr aɪr /aɪr/
mouth /aʊ/
hour aʊəʳ aʊə aʊr /aʊər/
flower aʊəʳ aʊə aʊər /aʊər/
flowering aʊər aʊər aʊər /aʊər/
dowry aʊər aʊər aʊr /aʊr/
choice ɔɪ ɔɪ ɔɪ /ɔɪ/
witch w w w /w/
which hw w hw, w /w/ See IPA phoneme /w/ § "wh"

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