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When I google "authentic pronunciation" or "enjoy pronunciation", it will show the followings:

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However, they don't sound like "tuhk" or "uhn" to me as it says (what google pronounces when I click the sound button there), they are still "i" (ɪ in IPA) just with less emphasis. Are they really pronounced by Google as "u"(schwa ə) but somehow as a non-native speaker I can't hear it?

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  • I have never heard any native speaker say anything like an uh for the en of enjoy, or for the then of authentic. They still sound like a short i like hit or fit.
    – user114352
    May 5, 2020 at 17:11
  • @CYC, what is your question? Are you asking why Google has written 'uh' instead of 'i'?
    – Void
    May 5, 2020 at 17:55
  • I'm asking, does google actually say "uh" in the audio (but somehow I can't distinguish it), or it in fact says "i" as I hear.
    – CYC
    May 5, 2020 at 23:52
  • It clearly says 'i', not 'uh'.
    – Void
    May 6, 2020 at 0:00
  • Actually, I feel the same problem with Google translate app. I started using Youtube or different apps for the words ambiguous to me. I can't distinguish the sound from audio form all the time. May 13, 2020 at 23:03

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Having just listened to those examples, you are right, they are definitely pronounced as /ɔːˈθɛntɪk/ and /ɪnˈdʒɔɪ/. I also think those are more common pronunciations, especially of "authentic".

However, there is considerable variation in how those syllables are realized.

In my accent, I think the pronunciation of "enjoy" varies between /ɪnˈdʒɔɪ/ and /nˈdʒɔɪ/, with no initial vowel other than the /n/ sound. A syllabic consonant like that is often transcribed as a schwa, for example "even" is transcribed as /ˈiːvən/ despite being pronounced as /ˈiːvn/.

Subjectively, I often hear British people use an /ɪ/ where I would use a schwa, for example in "pleases" where they say /ˈpliːzɪz/ rather than my pronunciation of /ˈpliːzəz/.

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  • nice answer, totally overlooked...
    – James K
    Dec 25, 2023 at 21:25

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