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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 ...
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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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how do you pronounce “to” in American Accent in this sentence

I have this sentence I have come here to chew ... etc I know that the to in that sentence is pronounced as da in American accent. my question is, is the to is also pronounce as da in 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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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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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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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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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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am i pronouncing the “r” in earlier correctly

I am trying to learn American accent. I have a problem with the "R" sound. Could you please listen to this sample I have recorded. http://www.filedropper.com/untitled_20 Also, could you please ...
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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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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 “Syncing”? [closed]

I just realized that I have been reading this word since long ago, but I am not sure of its correct pronunciation in American and British English.
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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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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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