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I am trying to pronounce the word neural in an American accent. I found it like nooral. Is that correct? Or should it be like nywral? or something else?

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  • I say it neral where the first syllable rhymes with her or fur. – DJMcMayhem Apr 19 '15 at 23:17
  • Slightly opinion based, isn't it? noo (boo) - rul (dull) is how I'd say it. (Clarification: I'd say it like "duhl" and not like "dole"). – zerohedge Apr 19 '15 at 23:19
  • If you don't mind my asking, where are you from? I'm from Midwestern US, and I always hear "dole". – DJMcMayhem Apr 19 '15 at 23:48
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    Dictionaries supply pronunciation guides; most online dictionaries now include sound files with pronunciations. Please explain why you would need assistance beyond that, and what kind. Using letters to represent sounds is nearly useless unless a standard is referenced. Voting to close as off-topic, basic question. – Jim Reynolds Apr 20 '15 at 2:59
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    To add to what @Jim said, there's also Forvo.com, a wedsite that let's you hear people from several locations speak a word. It's a good way to hear the many different ways a word may be pronounced, complete with local and regional accents. Unfortunately, it only has one listed for neural, but you can also hear two for neurons, which is a similar word. – J.R. Apr 20 '15 at 8:15
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This varies somewhat from place to place in the US. To take another example, "new" is pronounced "nyoo" in some places and "noo" in others. My mother was from the Boston area and she always said "nyoo", whereas the kids I grew up with in northern Indiana said "noo". Whether you add the "y" sound is fairly consistent from word to word in a given place, meaning people that say "noo" will generally say "nooral".

At this point in time, it seems to me that Americans move around so much that it's often the case that different people pronounce it in different ways in the same place.

So, both are correct, the difference is regional, and the regional lines are blurring.

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    Yes, Marco, you'll be fine saying "nooral." Note, radio and television journalists tend to say "nyooral." (You could also say "nerral," as suggested by DJ, but that would make you a little harder to understand, which as an ELL you want to avoid.) – aparente001 Apr 20 '15 at 1:18
  • In most of the above answers, you could replace the A (or the U) in the suggested pronunciation with a schwa. but most of us can't make one on our keyboards. Nor any of the other fancy phonetic symbols. – Brian Hitchcock Apr 20 '15 at 7:19
  • Thanks. That is cool. Unfortunately, I don't know how to use the other symbols properly—I suppose I'll have to learn. – Brian Hitchcock Apr 20 '15 at 10:17

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