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As a non-native English speaker, I often search for the meaning of words on Google Search. Google provides the word's pronunciation in a written format. I do not understand how that written format is interpreted or used. What is the standard, standards body or authoritative reference for it?

I did try to figure out this out before asking here. The best result I got was this website. It gives more examples but doesn't answer my question. What resources, websites only please, should I refer to?

The website must have phonetics in audible format as well as written format.

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    I believe what you're looking for, in the general case, is a guide to the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). – Sean Allred Sep 25 '14 at 11:39
  • I couldn't even figure out this is what I was looking for? Feeling dumb. But thanks :) Answer it I will mark it. – Darpan Sep 25 '14 at 11:52
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    You're not dumb—just new :) – Sean Allred Sep 25 '14 at 12:06
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What you're looking for, in the general case, is a guide to the International Pronunciation Alphabet (IPA).

  • Hey, are you home yet? :) – Darpan Sep 29 '14 at 6:37
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    Still going home? – Vahid Apr 4 '17 at 4:43
  • @Vahid oh man. Well we're all still going home in some respect, no? ;-) I'll put this on my todo for today. – Sean Allred Apr 4 '17 at 12:01
  • @SeanAllred, sure ;-) , take ur time. – Vahid Apr 4 '17 at 12:12
  • @Vahid see update; couldn't find much better than wiktionary, but i did find one site that played each sound on-demand. – Sean Allred Apr 5 '17 at 23:37

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