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What are some different phonetic symbols?

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Examples of phonetic symbols include "t?," "d?," "?," "ð" and "?". These sounds are often written in English as "ch," "dg/g," "th," "th" and "ng," respectively. For vowels, there are "æ," ?," "?," "?" and "?," among many others. Examples of words with these sounds are "trap," "odd," "foot," "love" and "kit," respectively. Phonetic symbols represent both consonants and vowels in the English language.

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There are two "th" sounds in English, one represented by "?" and the other by "ð". "?" is found in words such as "thing" or "path," and "ð" is found in words like "this" or "other." "ð" is a letter in the Icelandic alphabet and "?" is a letter in the Greek alphabet. Icelandic also has the "?" sound, but represents it with "þ".

Depending on the dialect, English has at least 14 and up to 20 vowel sounds. Some of these vowel sounds are actually diphthongs, which are two vowel sounds perceived as one, such as in the word "mouth." Thus, there are many phonetic symbols to represent English vowel sounds. Some examples of phonetic symbols of diphthongs include "e?," "a?," "??," "??" and "??." Examples of words with these vowels include "face," "price," "choice," "goat" and "here," respectively.

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