We are building a video-based pronunciation dictionary and usage API to help you learn how to pronounce and use read, along with tens of thousands of other English words and phrases.
Typical dictionaries provide you with audio snippets and usage examples like below:
The fortune teller read his fate in the crystal ball
The King will read the proclamation at noon
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Our service extends existing pronunciation dictionaries by adding visual and situational context.
In the future, while curating videos for read, we'll be considering things like variations in pronunciations based on local accents. We'll even illustrate the use of read in idioms like below:
read my mind
read is a homophone
reed. Being homophones, they are pronounced alike but vary in meaning
and possibly spelling. Watching videos for these words will allow you to see how their sound, when pronounced, could be
interpreted differently given the context.
Thoughts* on how to pronounce
The pronunciation of 'read' is unusual since the word is spelled the same for both its present and past tenses; hence it has heteronym-like behavior. The past tense is pronounced like the word/color 'red' while the present tense is more like 'reed'.
*These are free thoughts on the pronunciation of read, and they will likely
evolve overtime. They are typically informal and may use different a phonetic pronunciation
alphabet from time to time.
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