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how can I learn phonetic symbols well?

who can tell me how can i learn phonetic symbols well ?
i just want to pronounce words well,so i must learn phonetic symbols well
but now i am not sure whether my pronunciation is right !
for example , "defend" should be pronounced [di'fend] ,but how can i get the right pronunciation of [d] [i] [f] [e] [n]?
is there any website or books?

For learning: English
Base language: English
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    unfortunately some words are an exception to the rule but try this dictionary site

    http://dictionary.reference.com/

    you can type in the word and listen to it's pronunciation, hope it helps.

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