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BBC TEXT SPELLING
Written pronunciations are given in a text spelling system based on English spelling conventions.

It is based on English sounds with the addition of some other sounds such as Welsh ll and the front rounded vowels found in French and German.

Syllables are separated by hyphens. Stressed syllables are given in CAPITALS.

Example: the word pronunciation would be respelt pruh-nun-si-AY-shuhn.




Vowels

a as in hat

aa as in father

arr as in marry

ar as in bar

air as in hair

aw as in law

ay as in day

e as in get

err as in merry

ee as in meet

eer as in deer

i as in sit

irr as in mirror

o as in top

orr as in sorry

oh as in no

oo as in boot

oor as in poor

or as in corn

ow as in now

oy as in boy

u as in cup

uh as in ago / the

ur as in fur

urr as in hurry

uu as in book

y as in cry (also igh as in high)

oe as in French peu or coeur

oey as in French fauteuil

ue as in French vu or German fünf





Consonants

b as in bat

ch or tch as in church

d as in day

f as in fat

g as in get

h as in hat

hl as in Welsh llan

j as in Jack

k as in king

kh as in Scottish loch

or German ich

l as in leg

m as in man

n as in not

ng as in sing

ng-g as in finger

nk as in thank

p as in pen

r as in red

s as in sit

sh as in shop

t as in top

th as in thin

dh as in there

v as in van

w as in will

y as in yes

z as in zebra

zh as in measure

(ng) after a vowel indicates nasalization; as in French un bon vin blanc: oe(ng) bo(ng) va(ng) blaa(ng).


y between a consonant and a vowel is a glide: e.g. mute: myoot; manual: MAN-yoo-uhl.
Our respellings acknowledge word-final or pre-consonantal R, as in words like party and hair, which is pronounced in some accents of English (rhotic) and not in others (non-rhotic). Therefore Parker is transcribed as PAR-kuhr, not PAA-kuh, and the rs will be pronounced or not according to the speaker's accent.
The way the words are broken into syllables in the respelling is not an attempt to reflect actual syllabification in a given language. Instead, it is a tool to reinforce vowel pronunciations and to ensure the most intuitive transcription. When a vowel is long, the following consonant will be placed after the hyphen, as in PEE-tuhr for Peter. When a vowel is short, the consonant goes immediately after the vowel, before the hyphen, as in JEN-i for Jenny.

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