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Does Do I Know him in the US sound like Do I Know herm?

Google translation speak like Do I Know him,and the link of Google Translate

It's the last word so it's not connected speech.it confuse me when speaking him and herm?

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  • Do you mean that you hear “herm” in the automated pronunciation of “him” that the link takes us to? Because that’s not what I hear. I hear “him” / hɪm /. And I don’t even speak English with an American accent. By “herm” do you mean you hear a neutral vowel: / həm / ? I would indeed expect to hear something like, “Do I know ’əm?” in fast conversation, but that isn’t what the automated voice says. – Orbital Aussie Jan 24 '20 at 12:14
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    In the following video the first person speaking says (at 0:35) “...I can’t speak for how the rest of the world relates to him...”. Here the word him is pronounced with a neutral vowel / həm / and this may be what you mean by “herm”. youtu.be/U7sOH-uYH84 – Orbital Aussie Jan 24 '20 at 12:29
  • @OrbitalAussie thanks,you're right. could u answer below,i'll mark it answer. – ITWeiHan Jan 25 '20 at 9:24
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Yes, it does. You understand that the usual pronunciation in American English might differ from the pronunciation in automated translation services. We hear “him” / hɪm / in the automated translation but something more like “herm” (with a neutral vowel / həm / ) is what we expect to hear in connected speech in the typical American accent. In rapid conversation you may also hear, “Do I know ’əm?”.

To illustrate this, in this video the first person speaking says (at 0:35) “...I can’t speak for how the rest of the world relates to him...”. Here the word “him” is pronounced with a neutral vowel / həm /.

This may be a common American pronunciation but is not the only possible pronunciation in all American dialects and in all contexts. It is also worth noting that a neutral vowel in this situation is a common feature of some other English dialects including Australian English.

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