The phonetic symbol is to the left and to the right are example words with some letters in bold. The bold letters indicate the part of the word which has the sound that the symbol represents.Rough basic guide to use of phonetic symbols.

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Special thanks to the Summer School of Linguistics who provide quality phonetic font sets, one of which is used here. If you want an in depth explanation on phonetic symbols and a detailed key to their use go to an International Phonetic Association website, this is the Scottish one. Or alternatively - many good language books and dictionaries use this system and include a comprehensive pronunciation key.