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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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Which Words Should I Stress?

here are four sentences. I mark the words that I believe are stressed with bold. I'll call you back. I'll call you back in a minute. I'll call you back in a few minutes. I'll call you back as soon as ...
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do you release the air from nose when say cotton?

I am trying to learn how to pronounce words like cotton, written, mountain. in general, the t, then n (between them will not be pronounced) so i learned that i have to cut the t. in other words, make ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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american accent tool or website

I am a non native speaker. I have never talked English with anyone before. so all my accent depends only on how I see the word or if I heard it from a movie. Is there any website or tool FREE that I ...
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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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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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Pronounciation of “Syncing”? [closed]

I just realized that I have been reading this word since long ago, but I am not sure of its correct pronounciation in American and British English.
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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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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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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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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 ...
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American English Phonetics. Silent H in What's his name?

Is the letter 'h' silent when Americans pronounce the question 'What's his name?' in casual speech? The question 'What's his name?' phonetically looks like: [wʌts_ɪz neɪm]. I think the words "WHAT'S"...
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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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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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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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Which mouth form is the close one to pronounce the R

I am trying to learn American R, I have a problem, which is the R becomes like "O" in the begging of the word like Reall-> I say: "Oreally" with a very very very small "O". So I tried to change my ...
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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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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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What is the real or main difference between English and American speaking? [closed]

I thought that English speaking was about remarking consonants over vowels... but when I watch an american movie I don't notice that fact... I'd like to speak English in the most understandable way......
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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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Does English contain accented letters?

Does English contain accented letters? Is there a standard list of accented letters that are used in the English language? In my application I'm currently allowing the characters a-z and áéóúíý ...
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Do Americans remove the “t” in “sent”?

I am trying to learn how American say sent. For example: I sent you two dollars or The king has sent me ... Update Please also do you remove the t in Not? Is there any role when you remove ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sentence Stress: I'm sort of busy right now

I heard this phrase in a TV show: "I'm sort of busy right now". You can listen it here (I cut out the phrase): https://clyp.it/4khla44l Phonetically it looks like: [ɑɪm soərt əv bɪzi raɪt naʊ]. The ...
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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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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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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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Am I pronouncing “button” correctly, in an American accent?

I recorded my voice saying "button" in American English. Could you please tell me if I am saying it correctly? http://www.filedropper.com/untitled_77
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How do you make the flap t sound as in the words city and letter

I'm having a hard time figuring out the right placement and motions of the tongue when making this consonant. I watched a few videos on this topic. People say that in order to make the sound you don't ...
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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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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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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. ...