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I generally use the "define" Google search tool to find what a word means, and how it should be pronounced correctly. Unlike websites like thefreedictionary.com, Google doesn't tell you what pronunciation it's using. I'd like to learn the British pronunciation, rather than the American one (or at least be aware of which one I'm being taught). Would any one know what pronunciation Google provides?

I've looked around the forum and found a question on what phonetic symbols Google Search uses. I think my query is a little different.

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Knowing Google, it's quite possible that it gives you American pronunciation in the U.S. (I can confirm it does) and British pronunciation in the U.K. Can anybody in the U.K. check what pronunciation they get? –  Peter Shor Jan 16 '13 at 4:19
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Google uses American pronunciation.

One of the most noticeable differences in pronunciation between AmE and BrE is that when words like hot, cop, cot, etc. are pronounced,

the o is pronounced as "ah" in AmE while it is pronounced as ɒ in BrE.

Here is a complete guide to learn British pronunciation (phonetic alphabet included) by BBC.

If you would like to hear how words are pronounced in British English, you may want to use the British Macmillan Dictionary. (But don't confuse yourself with the American Macmillan Dictionary, there is a small difference between their URLs.)

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Thank you for the answer. I'll go look at the British Macmillan dictionary. –  FranciscoD Jan 17 '13 at 7:17
    
@FranciscoD Welcome! I'm glad that it helps. –  user19341 Jan 17 '13 at 7:28
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