I apologize in advance if I phrased my title incorrectly. I consider myself to be well-read, and usually don't have much need for asking how to pronounce something or define it. However, on rare occasions like today, I was reading an article in this forum about how to pronounce the word 'midwifery', and the following was shown:
Well, granted, I know how to pronounce 'midwifery' (as an American would), but the bit inside the brackets is confusing to me. Granted, I'm guessing that it is meant to show how to pronounce the word, and what syllable to put stress on, but just because I've guessed that doesn't mean that I understand the terminology. Where can I learn how to 'read' what's inside those brackets properly? I've tried googling it, but because I don't know what those terms are called, I don't even know what to search for. For example, if you don't know the word ETYMOLOGY, trying to describe it clearly in Google search can be long and tedious instead of using the single word.
For instance, in the example I gave,
what does the very first character ˈ mean? How do you know how to pronounce the ɪ character (as "I" like "I'm here" or "I" like "It's here")?
Where can I find (web URLs to visit, or books to read) about how to properly interpret things like what's inside the brackets?
Thanks in advance for any help!
I'm putting this addendum here because I'm a bit stumped... but on ANOTHER problem. Namely, how do I select one of your answers? (although several of you have great answers, it's hard to just pick one). The examples I find about how to do it indicate that I should click on the check-mark (√) below to the left of each answer. But... I see NO check-marks anywhere on this page. The only thing I see to the left of each of your answers is either an grey upward pointing triangle allowing the addition of a comment, or a grey flag so I can flag an answer for a problem. Maybe I don't see it since this is the very first question I've ever asked here (unlikely) or maybe I need to wait longer before selecting an answer??? If it matters, I've tried viewing this page in both Firefox and Chrome and no difference. I'll come back here in a day or two and try again. For the time being, the two best look to be Stuart F and user888379, despite the fact that there were a number of good choices for me. I'll be back before Saturday. (sorry if I'm being stupid here).
P.S. The example of midwifery came from the board here:
Thanks for BOTH answers, user570286, I have marked up yours as well. 🙂