Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

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Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary (OALD) is a free on-line dictionary provided by Oxford University Press in its website Oxford Learner's Dictionaries.

To consult OALD you must select "English" in the drop-down menu of the Oxford Learner's Dictionaries website. The same site also has Oxford Advanced American Dictionary.

IPA pronunciation key

Most of the phonetic pronunciations of Teflpedia are based on this dictionary, except that we write the silent /r/ so that in many words the British transcription is identical to the American transcription. We also write syllabic consonants preceded by a schwa (e.g. fashion as /ˈfæʃən/ instead of /ˈfæʃn/).

We highlight in yellow when Teflpedia and OALD differ.

The official key of OALD can be found at http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/about/pronunciation_english.

Sample word Oxford
BrE
Oxford
NAmE
Teflpedia Comments
trap, marry /æ/ /æ/ /æ/
bath /ɑː/ /æ/ /ɑː,BrE æAmE/
palm, father, safari /ɑː/ /ɑː/ /ɑː/
start /ɑː/ /ɑːr/ /ɑːr/
star /ɑː(r)/ /ɑːr/ /ɑːr/
dress, merry /e/ /e/ /e/
face /eɪ/ /eɪ/ /eɪ/
square /eə(r)/ /er/ /eər/
parent /eər/ /er/ /eər/
vary /eər/ /er, ær/ /eər/
kit, mirror /ɪ/ /ɪ/ /ɪ/
fleece /iː/ /iː/ /iː/
near /ɪə(r)/ /ɪr/ /ɪər/
material /ɪər/ /ɪr/ /ɪər/
happy, various /i/ /i/ /iː/ In OALD /i/ represents /iː/ for some people and /ɪ/ for others
lot /ɒ/ /ɑː/ /ɒ/ In Teflpedia /ɒ/ means [ɒ,BrE ɑːAmE]
sorry /ɒ/ /ɑː, ɔː/ /ɒ/
wash /ɒ/ /ɑː, ɔː/ /ɒ, ɔːAmE/
cloth /ɒ/ /ɔː/ /ɒ,BrE ɔːAmE/
moral /ɒ/ /ɔː, ɑː/ /ɒ,BrE ɔːAmE/
goat /əʊ/ /oʊ/ /əʊ/ In Teflpedia /əʊ/ means [əʊ,BrEAmE]
obey /ə/ /ə/ /ə,BrE əʊAmE/
thought /ɔː/ /ɔː/ /ɔː/
north, force /ɔː/ /ɔːr/ /ɔːr/
dinosaur /ɔː(r)/ /ɔːr/ /ɔːr/
foot /ʊ/ /ʊ/ /ʊ/
goose /uː/ /uː/ /uː/
actual /u/ /u/ /uː/ In OALD /u/ represents /uː/ for some people and /ʊ/ for others[1]
cute /juː/ /juː/ /juː/
new /juː/ /uː/ /juː/
cure /jʊə(r)/ /jʊr/ /jʊər/
mural /jʊər/ /jʊr/ /jʊər/
sure /ʊə(r), ɔː(r)/ /ʊr/ /ʊər, ɔːrBrE/
insurance /ʊər, ɔːr/ /ʊr/ /ʊər, ɔːrBrE/
strut /ʌ/ /ʌ/ /ʌ/
comma /ə/ /ə/ /ə/
letter /ə(r)/ /ər/ /ər/
numerous /ər/ /ər/ /ər/
people /l/ /l/ /əl/ See IPA phonetic symbol [l̩]
quarrel /əl/ /əl/ /əl/ See IPA phonetic symbol [l̩]
open /ən/ /ən/ /ən/ See IPA phonetic symbol [n̩]
fashion /n/ /n/ /ən/ See IPA phonetic symbol [n̩]
rhythm /əm/ /əm/ /əm/ See IPA phonetic symbol [m̩]
nurse /ɜː/ /ɜːr/ /ɜːr/
fur /ɜː(r)/ /ɜːr/ /ɜːr/
furry /ɜːr/ /ɜːr/ /ɜːr/
hurry /ʌr/ /ɜːr/ /ʌr,BrE ɜːrAmE/
price /aɪ/ /aɪ/ /aɪ/
fire /aɪə(r)/ /aɪr/ /aɪər/
firing /aɪər/ /aɪər/ /aɪər/
virus /aɪr/ /aɪr/ /aɪr/
mouth /aʊ/ /aʊ/ /aʊ/
hour, flower /aʊə(r)/ /aʊər/ /aʊər/
flowering /aʊər/ /aʊər/ /aʊər/
dowry /aʊr/ /aʊr/ /aʊr/
choice /ɔɪ/ /ɔɪ/ /ɔɪ/
witch, which /w/ /w/ /w/

References

  1. John Wells's phonetic blog, happy again, 7 June 2012; search for the word situation.