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    Question Difference between Oxford Dictionary's phonetics and Google Translator's!

    Why are there differences between Oxford Dictionary's phonetics and Google Translator's?

    For example, the words "clear" and "require":

    Google Translator:
    clear: kli(ə)r
    require: riˈkwīr

    Oxford Dictionary:
    clear: ˈklir
    require: rəˈkwī(ə)r

    I'd be thanking for your explanation to me which one is better, Oxford Dictionary's or Google Translator's?

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    Re: Difference between Oxford Dictionary's phonetics and Google Translator's!

    I wouldn't say they were remarkably different. Oxford is British, and Google is American. This is a minimal difference when compared to real diversity of accents in the English-speaking world.
    I say the schwa in both words. That is, 'clear' has two syllables and 'require' has three.

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    Re: Difference between Oxford Dictionary's phonetics and Google Translator's!

    I emphasize that they both are American spelling.

    The Oxford Dictionary links:
    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/de...nglish/require
    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/de..._english/clear

    Someone please tell me.

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    Re: Difference between Oxford Dictionary's phonetics and Google Translator's!

    There is no clear standard for the phonetic symbols among dictionaries. And that is a problem. For example, the three dictionaries listed in the following list use different phonetic symbols for "clear". See here.

    For me, "clear" is one syllable and "require" is two syllables.

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    Re: Difference between Oxford Dictionary's phonetics and Google Translator's!

    Different dictionaries may use different systems, and they will normally have a page giving the system in full. The most widely used system is the IPA one, so I would recommend using that rather than a dictionary's individual version.

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