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Here are the basic sounds represented by the phonetic symbols in the pronunciation guide:

Vowel Sounds:

a -- apple, bat

ah -- father, hot

ahr -- part, car

aw -- law, long

ay -- ace, fate

eh -- bed

ehr -- merry

ee -- see, tea

ih -- pin, middle

oh -- go, oval

oo -- food, two

ow -- cow

oy -- boy

or -- for, floor

u -- foot, put

uh -- puff

ur -- burden, curl

y, eye -- ice, time


g -- got, beg

j -- gem, job

k -- cap, keep

ch -- chair

s -- see

sh -- shut

y -- yes

z -- zoom

zh -- mirage

kh -- guttural "k''

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