This is most likely just a case of me "learning" to pronounce 'albeit' wrong, before I ever heard the word spoken by a native speaker.

Had similar issues with other words in the past, so...

I thought it was pronounced 'al-bite'. It there a chance this pronunciation is actually used somewhere by native speakers or is it just pure nonsense?

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    Perhaps ignorant (less educated) people do not know it is a shortening from "all be it". It is not your learning, but rather hearing it from such people and you didn't look it up in a dictionary.
    – DanielC
    Commented Feb 12, 2021 at 21:52
  • Cannot tell for sure. Also learning German alongside English might have something to do with it. Commented Feb 12, 2021 at 23:15

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Albeit is the contracted form of all be it, and is pronounced like all be it, /ɔːl ˈbiː ɪt/, not *albite or *albeet, though the latter is very common. The vowels /i/ and /ɪ/ are qualitatively distinct from each other; /ɪ/ is pronounced with lowered tongue.

I'm not aware of any accent that pronounces /-biː ɪt/ as /aɪ/. And albeit is certainly not pronounced with /aɪ/ in standard varieties of English, so pronouncing it bite is incorrect in standard Englishes.

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    I've never heard anyone pronounce it al-bite.
    – Void
    Commented Feb 13, 2021 at 3:36

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