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*US ɾ t pronounced like d (lenited)
CLIN*T*ON ʔ Glottal stop, used instead of t
A*LONG* ˈ Stressed syllable əˈlɑŋ
PEOP*L*E ̩ Syllabic 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.