how to pronounce phi


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the above transcription of phi is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

phi is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of phi in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… welcome to d phi real my name is brian …”

meanings of phi


  1. A visual illusion whereby a sequential pattern of lights produces a false sense of motion.
  2. The golden ratio.
  3. Φ, the 21st letter of the Euclidean and modern Greek alphabet, usually romanized as "ph".


  1. Abbreviation of Philadelphia.

phi frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word phi occurs in english on average 1.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics phi can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that phi can be often used in the following areas:

1) education, science, and technology;

words with pronunciation similar to phi


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