English phonetic pronunciation is a way to learn to read and pronounce English words by focusing on the sounds of the language rather on than the correct spelling. To learn the various English sounds (or phonemes), refer to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).
The IPA, which is included in modern dictionary entries, uses symbols to represent the different pronunciations of vowels and consonants. Some learners might use phonetic respelling or create their own phonetic dictionary to remind themselves how certain English words are pronounced. For instance, heat might be spelled heet to remind the reader that the 'a' is silent.