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North American English Vowels
in the International Phonetic Alphabet
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one-sound vowels (monophthongs)
[u]
blue
[blu]
[o]
boat
[bot]
[ʊ]
book
[bʊk]
[ə]
banana
[bə•nænə]
[ʌ]
but
[bʌt]
[ɔ]
call
[kɔl]
[ɑ]
not
[nɑt]
[i]
feet
[fit]
[ɪ]
sit
[sɪt]
[e]
made
[med]
[ɛ]
bed
[bɛd]
[æ]
have
[hæv]
two-sound vowels (diphthongs) r-coloured vowels (rhotacized diphthongs)
[ɔj]
boy
[bɔj]
[ɑj]
sky
[skɑj]
[ɑw]
now
[nɑw]
[ɪɚ]
beer
[bɪɚ]
[ɚ]
bird
[bɚd]
[eɚ]
bear
[beɚ]
[uɚ]
cure
[kyuɚ]
[ʊɚ]
poor
[pʊɚ]
[ɔɚ]
store
[stɔɚ]
[ɑɚ]
dark
[dɑɚk]