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Questions tagged [american-accent]

For questions on how language is spoken in the US

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American pronunciation of “second” (edited)

I'm learning American English with some online classes, and the instructor says that the 2nd vowel 'o' of "second" sounds like "/e/" in everyday conversation (e.g. "Can I talk to you for a second?"). ...
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Pronunciation of “marry” and “carry” in American English [closed]

Should I use "a" as in "map" or "e" as in "pet"? Merriam-Webster says both ways are ok.
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American English pronunciation: basically or “basicly”?

Does the final "a" drop out in words like "basically", "logically", etc, or should I pronounce it?
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American pronunciation of (tall, taught, law, bought) vs (father, pasta, drop)

I have two tutorials by Cook and by Cameron. Cameron suggests that these two groups are pronounced differently: e.g. in "drop" the tongue is perfectly flat, but in "jaw" it goes up by 1/8 of an inch. ...
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Do I have to pronounce the letter “l” as light or dark when there is a double “l” followed by a vowel in a word?

It is known that when the letter l is followed by a vowel then it is pronounced as light, and when it is at the end of a word or is followed by a consonant then it is pronounced as dark. But it is ...
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In American English, can we flap the /d/ in the phrases “Where did”, “Where do”, “Where don't” and “Where does”?

I am 99% sure Americans quite often flap the /d/ sound which comes right after /r/ in the phrases "Where did", "Where do", "Where don't" and "Where does" (I am talking about the initial /d/'s), and I ...
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What's the colloquial way to express those questions?

Now, if someone told me that the weather is very bad. I would like to ask about when it started to become bad and for how many days. Is it okay to use "How long" like: How long has it been bad? ...
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Pronunciation of “are”

In these sentences below, can I pronounce the "are"s as /ər/ instead of /ɑr/? I am talking about American English. Sentences: 1) "Problems of most people are not big." 2) "People who smoke ...
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Can I make an unaspirated /t/ sound in the words like “best”, “chest”, “belt” etc. in American English?

As far as I know, if there is a vowel before the final /t/ or if there is the letter /n/ before the final /t/, we can make an unaspirated /t/ sound in American English. For example: "hot", "cut", "...
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Can I pronounce “you” as /ju/ intead of /juː/ in this kind of sentences?

"You want to see my muscles?" "You love dogs." "You wanna see my moves?" "You like him." "You come with me." etc. In this kind of sentences where "you" is at the beginning of the sentence, can I ...
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Americans flap the /d/ of the consonant cluster /rd / if it is between two vowels, right?

I am like 99% sure that Americans do what I said in the title, but I wanted ask you anyway. My question is: When a word ends with /rd/ after a vowel and when the next word starts with a vowel, also in ...
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How to pronounce a voiceless stop when it's at the end of a word which is behind a word that starts with a vowel?

I wonder if Americans usually make an unaspirated sound when the letters "k", "p" or "t" is at the end of a word and when the next word starts with a vowel. I know that I should make a flap sound when ...
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Can I drop both of the “h”s in the phrases “his or her”, “him or her” and “his or hers”?

As you know the "h"s in the words "him", "his", "he", "her" and "hers", if there is a consonant before them, can be dropped. For example the "h" in the sentence "Why does he like you so much?" can be ...
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Pronunciation of the second /k/ in “excuse”?

The "p" in "application" is unaspirated and the "p" in "apply" is aspirated since it is the first letter in the stressed syllable, am I right? When an unvoiced stop is the first letter of a stressed ...
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Pronunciation of the “p” in the words like “splatter”, “splash”, “split”, “explain” in American accent?

In the words like "splatter", "splash", "split" and "explain" should I make an aspirated or an unaspirated "p" sound? I can't decide which way is correct. I need your help.
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Palm RP and GA pɑːm pɑm pɑlm

I'm confused with the different pronunciations of "calm". I'm using lexical sets to understand the differences between Received Pronunciation and General American. According to Wikipedia, the ...
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What's the better way to ask if someone have just done something at this moment of time

I want to ask someone if he at this moment entered the apartment. I mean he literally made his first step into the apartment at this moment. Should I say Have you just entered the apartment? Did you ...
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How to speak fluent in southern accent? [closed]

I want to speak like George W Bush's accent and like cowboys. Example: Y`all and Howdy? I would die for this accent. I sincerely love this accent over cockney one.
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Is it possible to pronounce jury as /dʒɜːri/?

sometimes I hear Americans pronounce jury as ''/dʒɜːri/''. Is that right? Is it regional or generally they say this way?
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How do you make the flap t sound as in “Better” and “letter”?

How do I make the flap/tap t sound as in words like: better, matter, stutter, moto, but I'm, bottom and so?
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How can I learn one of the standard English accents? [closed]

A few months ago, I was asked to send a videotape of my self-introduction for a job of a language teacher in China. I was rejected citing the reason that my accent was not satisfactory. I want to ...
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Can we drop the T sound in word grunting in American English?

I was taught that when the T sound after an N sound, the T can be dropped in American English. As internet can be pronounced as innernet, winter can be winner, printer can be prinner. What about ...
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Pronouncing The American R

I realize this might be more of an accent question, but trying to master that American R sound, I don't quite know if I'm doing it correctly. That is, I sound very similar to the recordings I hear but ...
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how to pronounce words 'baths' in actual conversation?

I was confused by the pronunciation of consonant cluster 'ths' at the end of the word. For example: the cluster 'ths' in word months, according to ESL teaching videos on Youtube,video for months' ...
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What this person is saying in “American English” accent?

Video At 1:02: He says Human beings should be ..... from each other. Also a little bit confusion between 0:02 and 0:10. I believe it is: Went through .......
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Should the last letter 'd' pronounced in word 'independent'?

I've got to know that the 'T' sound in American English has various pronunciation rules. For example, flap T. And also one of the rule is when T sound followed by an 'n' sound or 'ən' sound, the 'T' ...
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Have you ever said “muna” instead of “gonna”?

What do you think about this word? Please watch this video for explanation.
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How do I understand Yvonne Strahovski's accent in an interview with Craig Ferguson?

Source At 3:45, I really found it very difficult to understand her accent. The youtube transcript shows the very out-of-world things. Should I practice with BBC documentaries for both Aussie and ...
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Are 'bud' and 'butt' pronounced identically in American English accent?

Just for clarification, I'm more uncertain of the way the vowel after /b/ is pronounced in the two words and if it's the same in both words, rather than the ending consonant(s), although I would ...
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How do we pronounce the 's' after the d in a word? [duplicate]

For example: words, foods, goods, etc. And if without the 's', how would the 'd' in those words be pronounced? Would it be pronounced like voiced /d/ or unvoiced /d/?
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Rapid speech pronunciation of <What do they> call a whopper

I'd like to know why in the audio clip here what sounds like /hu/. Is it because what could oddly enough be pronounced as /hwʌt/ that starts with /h/. I'd like to add that I don't remember I've heard ...
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Does Jessica Lange's character in “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” accurately portray a Southern US accent?

Jessica Lange was born and brought up in Minnesota. It seems to me that her southern accent in the movie is a bit too exaggerated (read overacted) compared to that of Tommy Lee Jones. Am I mistaken? ...
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Stress in the question Do you want some coffee?

when we pronounce the question: "Do you want some coffee?" we usually only stress the words "want" and "coffee". Am I right? As far as I know the determiner "some" is unstressed as long as the stress ...
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Stress in the sentence “I'm proud of you, Hannah”

I know that we usually stress content words in a sentence and unstress function words as long as stress is not shifted for special emphasis. In the sentence, "I'm proud of you, Hannah", I would ...
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Pronunciations of “class” as found in Collins American English Dictionary

The Collins American English Dictionary gives class two pronunciations, presumably with respect to American English. Does this mean American English speakers use both equally and that both are okay?...
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Do Americans pronounce 'are' as 'do' in “What are you waiting for”

It seems a stupid question, but I already hear American on TV or movies or even songs, say Are like Do in this context What are you waiting for I just listened to it again in this song https://...
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Schwa Sounds in American Accent [duplicate]

I am new in America and I see most of the people use schwa sounds with most of the characters as p,w, k,c and so on. I wanted to know what all characters have the schwa sound and when and how to use ...
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Word Stress in What am I supposed to do?

I heard this question: "What am I supposed to do?" asked often by native speakers in movies. I'm sure the stress is changing depending on the context, however I think there is a default unemphatic ...
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Pronunciation of “neural” in an American accent [closed]

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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Word Stress Within a Question

I saw a scene in a TV show where someone asks: What does he do? Here it is: https://youtu.be/lDMOw8c38wU For me, the letter "h" in "he" sounds silent and the whole question phonetically sounds like [...
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I need feedback on my pronunciation

I would like to have your feedback on my pronunciation: https://clyp.it/3d4d5jxh Your time is greatly appareciated. English is my second language. Thank you!
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Am I eliding correctly “haven't” etc? (AmE)

I am trying to learn American accent and I am practicing using this sentence: Hey, I haven't seen you in a while. Yeah, well, actually, today was the first day I worked out since a while. What I ...
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American Accent Am I saying “were” as “where” in this recording?

I am trying to learn American Accent, and I am having a problem when saying were and where, I made this recording to you. I won't write the test that I have said in order to let you feel if my accent ...
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Do you consider this as connected speech in American accent [closed]

I am trying to learn an American accent. I don't know if what I am saying is considered connected speech. I uploaded the recording here: NOTE: The link given by the OP to the referenced sound file ...
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Need pronunciation feedback: What do you do?

I need your feedback. Did I pronounce the question "What do you do?" good or not so good in American English? https://clyp.it/wnxeqwau Any suggestion would be appreciated. Thank you!
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How to pronounce pick it up in Standard American English

When you pronounce the phrase 'pick it up' as a native speaker, is there any word in it that need to be pronounce higher in pitch with more stress? This is how I pronounce it in American English. I'm ...
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Do Americans pronounce “do you” as something like “dia” or “d'ya”?

I heard some Americans talking and they said something like dia/d'ya instead of do you. For example: What time do you have was said something like what time dia/d'ya have is that correct ...
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Are “Put it on” and “Put them on” phrasal verbs?

Are "put it on" and "put them on" phrasal verbs? I noticed that when Americans pronounce "put them on" they don't say "them". They use the weak form of "them" that sounds like "əm" (schwa sound + m). ...
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Pronunciation of “sure” in American English

I saw that "sure" can be pronounced [ʃʊər] or [ʃər] in the dictionary. Here's my audio: https://clyp.it/4gdwhi24 First I pronounce it [ʃʊər] then [ʃər] I don't know which one should I use, or is this ...