PHONETIC SYMBOLS FOR GENERAL AMERICAN
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The chart below gives the phonetic symbols for all the sounds of General American. Each line shows two illustrative words for the sound, and its IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) symbol. Asterisks in the illustrative words mark off the sound referred to, where there might be doubt.

Vowel sounds
i FLEECE/BEAD
ɪ KIT/BID
FACE/BAYED
ɛ DRESS/BED
æ TRAP/BAD
ɑ LOT/POD
GOAT/BODE
ʊ FOOT/GOOD
u GOOSE/BOOED
ʌ STRUT/BUD
PRICE/BUY
MOUTH/BOUGH
ɔɪ CHOICE/BOY
ə COMM*A*/*A*BOVE
Vowel sounds before 'r'
ɪɹ NEAR/BEER
ɛɹ SQUARE/BEAR
ɑɹ START/BARD
ɚ NURSE/LETT*ER*
ɔɹ NORTH/BOARD
ʊɹ CURE/CURED
Consonant sounds
CHIN
GIN
θ THIN
ð THIS
ʃ SHIN
ʒ MEA*S*URE
ŋ THI*NG*
j YES
ɹ RORY

LO*T*USɾt pronounced like d (lenited)
CLIN*T*ONʔGlottal stop, used instead of t
A*LONG*ˈStressed syllable əˈlɑŋ
PEOP*L*E̩Syllabic consonant ˈpipl̩

The letters b d f g h k l m n p s t v w z have their normal English consonant-sounds.