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How do you use the sound pronunciation guide in a dictionary?

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Consonants and vowels all have different symbols in a dictionary guide in order to aid understanding. Some of the consonant symbols are fairly self-explanatory, such as "b" representing the sound of "b" in "bear," though the vowels and diphthongs are typically more complicated.

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How do you use the sound pronunciation guide in a dictionary?
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Consonant letters have such symbols as t? for the "ch" in chain, or d? for the "j" in jam. Other consonants, such as n simply stand for the "n" in "noun" and are much simpler. Nouns and diphthongs have symbols such as æ for the "a" in cat, rather than ? for the "a" in father. A comprehensive guide to dictionary pronunciation symbols can be found on Oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com.

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