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I noticed there is a pronounciation section for every word in the dictionary. But I don't know how to pronounce it when I see those weird letters. Some of them are not even belong to A-Z 26 letters. Where can I find some more information on these letters?

Here is an example;

The word "VASE" in the dictionary

Pronunciation: US oftenest 'vAs; Canad usually and US also 'vAz; Britain usually, Canadian also, and US sometimes 'väz

Can someone tell me what is this letter "ä"? How does it pronounce? There are more of those types of letters. I want to learn to know them

Please help.

Thanks
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Look in the introductory pages of the dictionary for the explanation of the phonetic symbols,
So vase should pronounce the "a" as the "a" in father?
Students: We have free audio pronunciation exercises.
Hi Discusman,
So vase should pronounce the "a" as the "a" in father?
Yes.

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