Questions tagged [pronunciation]

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When 'the' not pronounced as 'thee' in front of vowels

the university the one The pronounced as the way it is because university is pronounced as y-, and one w-. Is there any other case it should not be 'thee' even though in front of vowels? Also I ...
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'v' that sounds like 'b'

https://youtu.be/zUMnAqJEfT0?t=2133 Does he say "firstobol" or "firstovol"? What do I do if I hear speakers say "b" instead of "v"?
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Weak and strong “You're”

Dictionaries list two pronunciations for you're, a weak pronunciation and a strong pronunciation. In which situations do we use the strong version of you're /jɔːr/, and in which situations do we use ...
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Pronunciation of 'Iran'

Lexico says the first syllable of 'Iran' can only be pronounced as [ɪ], but I constantly hear it pronounced as [aɪ] and Wiktionary lists it as an option (yes, I understand everything about the ...
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Some people in my company don't know how to pronounce “Butchers” [closed]

Do you pronounce it like "Badgers" or "Batchers"?
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How to differentiate between a singular noun’s possession and its plural one in spoken English

In spoken English if for example: someone says “cars tires” then how to know if the speaker is talking about car’s tires or cars’ tires. Because the pronunciation is same for both.
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A undershirt or an undershirt? [closed]

I know the a/an rule, but as I meet both in my readings, I tried to google it, and I find both, with not site or dictionaries telling us we should use the one or the other one. My question is: are ...
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Pronunciation of “naked” [duplicate]

Why are there 2 syllabuses in the word "naked"? Why is the second syllabus pronunced "id" and is there only one pronunciation for this word?
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Is this a commonly used expression, “awfully hard to do”?

could some please help to listen what the professor is saying? it sounds like xx awfully hard to do. is this a commonly used expression?
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Is there any available explanation for why 'crooked' is pronounced as 'krʊk/ɪd/' not 'krʊk/d/?

What I wrote in the title is my question~ Is there any available explanation for why 'crooked' is pronounced as 'krʊk/ɪd/' not 'krʊk/d/? Or is it just one of the exceptions for '-ed' ending words and ...
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To native English speaker(preferable British English), how do you pronounce [dz] in rides, roads, boards?

From many youtube videos I watched, 'rides' sounds like 'rise', 'roads' sounds like 'rose'. My question is, are native speakers drop the 'd' sound when followed by the 'z' sound? If not, what is the ...
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Why do Russian names transliterated into English have unpronounceable 'k's before 'h's (e.g. 'Mikhail' instead of just 'Mihail')?

Why can't it be just 'Mihail'? I guess the 'k' is inserted to ensure correct pronunciation, but I don't see how 'Mikhail' and 'Mihail' are pronounced differently.
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How to pronounce ''Water 6 X 1.5 Litre''

It says on the tag '' Water 6 X 1.5 Litre'' . While pronouncing this phrase can i say : '' six bottles of 1,5 liter of water '' . Would it be correct or not ?
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What's the second d in “didn't”, phonetically speaking?

In British English it seems to merge with the n to produce something which isn't on the standard phonetic chart afaict.
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Why do so many people say “equals to” in maths?

I hear a significant number of English-second-language speakers, English-first-language children, and less educated English-first-language peers, say x equals to three times sine alpha For example,...
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How to pronounce the mathematical symbols?

For example, 2 squared is 4 (1/4) cubed = one-quarter cubed = 1 over 64 ... what will be next after squared and cubed? 2 to the 10th power is equal to 1024. and why does "power" show up ?
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How to differentiate pairs like “an occupied territory” and “unoccupied territory” in speech

The noun "territory" can be both countable and uncountable, so "an occupied territory" and "unoccupied territory" are both complete noun phrases. The first vowels of the noun phrases are both schwa ...
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How to pronounce grades in US and UK schools?

Grades in school reports are expressed through letters followed or not by a sign like "plus" or "minus". Please how do you pronounce grades like A+ or A-, B+ or C-? I have also heard the phrase "...
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Pronunciation problem : The word data : Is it pronounced dā-tə, or ˈda?

Recently our Educational Ministry is trying to change the way how to evaluate the English skill of candidates of university tests and it hit on Yahoo! Japan's main page. A comment says, in American ...
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How can I pronounce “quarter”?

I watched many YouTube videos and they seem to pronunce the first part of "Quarter" exactly the same as "core". It seems that the A is silent reading. Am I correct? Are there any accents that ...
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Is **calculatabe**a spoken mistake?

It sounds like the lecturer is saying how many of these are actually calculatabe from others ... I didn't find this word in cambridge dictionary Is this a spoken mistake? which should be ...
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“Waiting” pronunciation like “Wedding”?

Is there any dialect of American English, where "Waiting" is pronounced as "Wedding"?
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Is there any rule for pronouncing the suffix “-less”

I found that the suffix "-less" can have different pronunciations, for example: borderless /ˈbɔːdələs/ hopeless /ˈhəʊplɪs/ helpless /ˈhɛlplɛs/ So, is there any rule for the pronunciation ...
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If I learn British English, should I stop talking with Americans?

I had the opportunity to speak with several native speakers, It's fun, and they learn my native language, the problem is that several of my language partners speak with an American accent and the ...
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Why is “rival” pronounced different to “pivot”?

In English language, open and closed syllable vowels are pronounced differently even when spelled similarly. This is probably the first rule every student learns about pronunciation. Several examples ...
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Minimal pairs for i vs ɪ and is there an important difference?

According to a vowel question in Linguistic SE, English can be considered to have vowels [i ɪ e ɛ æ ɑ ɔ o ʊ u ʌ] which can be reduced to [i e æ ɑ o u ʌ] (plus an orthogonal length or ...
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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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Why does the addition of a letter modify the sound of the beginning of this word?

Take these three words: Soup Super Supper The first two words, Soup and Super both begin with the same sound: soo. However the addition of a p in supper changes the pronunciation from soo to suh (...
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Words whose pronunciations change in sentence

How/where can I find the list of words whose pronunciations depend on the next word in the sentence, like the?
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Wind in “They're going through a tight wind”

I'm a bit confused about the pronunciation and meaning of wind, in the song Bltizkrieg Bop there is this line: "They're going through a tight wind" I hear it pronounced "waɪnd" like in the verb. ...
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Pronunciation of English phonemes together to clearly say a word

How are the individual English phonemes pronounced to make a whole word? How are they joined in speech to give correct pronunciation?
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Pronunciation of 'lunch'

I believe that I can pronounce the words 'call' and 'balloon' "a" in call sounds like "o". To me, there is no difference between "a" in balloon and "u" in lunch. How can we distinguish between them?
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Does “that” have a schwa

https://youtu.be/htmkbIboG9Q?t=481 claims that "that" has a schwa sound. https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/that https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/that https://...
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Pronunciation of “kids”

Is "kids" pronounced [kidz] (the same /z/ of "zebra", voiced) or [kids] (the same /s/ of "star", unvoiced) ? I have always heard and pronounced the latter, but I have just seen the former in ...
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About pronunciation of 't+you'

In case of pronuncing "support you", I thougt connecting 't' to 'y' makes a 'ʧ' sound, so that It's sound like "səˈpɔːrtʃu". but I found many videos in which It's sounded like "səˈpɔːr u". Which ...
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How to pronounce T in 'not enough'?

My native language is Croatian and I have been listening to A. J. Hoge who is a teacher from San Francisco. What I hear when he says "not enough" is "norinaf". How would one pronounce it? There are a ...
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Is the word “I'm” pronounced like /ʌm/ or /əm/, instead of /aɪm/, when it is unstressed?

Is the word "I'm" pronounced like /ʌm/ or /əm/, instead of /aɪm/, when it is unstressed? https://vocaroo.com/i/s0aH2YlO4tRU
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What is the pronunciation of the prefix “RE-” (which mean “again or back”) in a word, /ri:/ or /rɪ/?

Is there any rule to pronounce the prefix "re-" (again or back) in a word? Because sometimes it's pronounced as /ri:/ like in reread, reapply, rebuil, relive, remarry, rejoin,... and sometimes it's ...
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Mispronounce dʒ as tʃ - Do native English speakers do that sometimes?

I hear dʒ is pronounced as tʃ in these examples: J in "jailed" of the sentenence the Judge jailed Jokesters in jucy jails (from this video on youtube) J in job (from Oxford Dictionary) J in judge (...
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How to pronounce 'gotta'?

How to pronounce 'gotta'? With 'R' or with 'D'? You've gotta be kidding. You've - gara - be kidding. or You've - gada - be kidding.
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How to pronounce the phrase “an unreliable person”?

As I mentioned in the topic, I'm confused about how to pronounce "an unreliable person" in a native way, because when I pronounce them seperately, such as an un, I think it sounds a little bit ...
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When the word “our” is unstressed, is it pronounced like /ʌɹ/ or /əɹ/?

When the word "our" is unstressed, is it pronounced like /ʌɹ/ or /əɹ/? For example: https://vocaroo.com/i/s0uXE3Gaahqm
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When the word “want” is unstressed, is it pronounced like /wənt/ or /wʌnt/?

When the word "want" is unstressed, is it pronounced like /wənt/ or /wʌnt/? https://vocaroo.com/i/s1nUhAfWsc9k
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Is the word “homophone” misleading?

I remember a language learning app that claimed to help users to distinguish between the words like right-write, break-brake, heal-heel, principle-principal, etc. However, I have long known them as ...
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How do I read “off of” naturally?

He brushes a lock of hair off of my cheek. Either I should make a break between "off" and "of" or read them linked "offov"?
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How do I read “don't take” in a linked way with American accent?

I don’t take too kindly to people telling me what to do. I'm aware of the rule for double t of reading in linked way -- t t turns to d. But here I think "don't take" turns to "don't dake" would be a ...
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Confusion with /e/ sound

An exercise from English pronunciation in use (Elementary), J. Marks: Seven of these numbers have /e/. Which are they? Three, seven, eight, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, seventeen, eighteen, twenty,...
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schwa sound /mən/ sounds like /mæn/ in some dialects?

Most of the dictionaries online pronounce the word fireman the way I expected, but one of them's American pronunciation sounds like /ˈfaɪə(r)mæn/ even though the IPA is still /ˈfaɪə(r)mən/. Is ...
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Is there a phrase sounds like “sub this straight keen”?

In this video, it sounds as if the lecturer is saying: ...sub this straight keen A few seconds later, he then says ...so we're taking our function and subbing it in 3 X plus Delta X... Now ...
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Which one is the correct pronunciation of “the”, before the word “amount”, [ði:] or [ðə]?

What we are taught at school is that "the" before vowel pronounce as a long "thee" [ði:] It sounds that the lecturer is saying [ðə] we can then say that the gradient of this line is equal to the ...