Questions tagged [pronunciation]

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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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Software to check pronunciation automatically? [migrated]

As a non-native English learner, I wonder if there is some software that can check the pronunciation automatically: a user speaks into it, and the program reports some type of assessment, like “you ...
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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 ...
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AmE vowel pronunciation dilemma

I can't figure out how to spell vowels in AmE. I generally prefer to pronounce "o" letter as "ɑ" as well as sometimes "ə". But it is done intuitively irrespective of any rule. I think there must be an ...
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About “dark l” sound in daily conversation

Could you please tell me that if you really make the dark l sound in words like “call” “wall” “fall” or “hole” in daily conversation, like you can feel the movement of your tongue, or just do it when ...
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EE or IH Sounds

Does it seem to me that in some songs words are pronounced differently? for example (instead of ɪ is heard i) Like in the hook of Vince Staples - Lift Me Up
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Question about the pronunciation of “governance”

I looked the work governance up in dictionary and all dictionaries state its pronunciation is [ˈgʌvənəns] or [ˈgʌvərnəns]. However, I have several dictionaries that have audio and I can clearly hear ...
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How to pronounce this character `^`

this character ^ could be typed by shift + 6, usually means powers of some number, the question is How to pronounce this character ^?
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Is “is” pronounced “ɪs” or “s” before the unvoiced sounds?

My dictionary says "is" is pronounced "ɪs" or "s" when it's before the unvoiced sounds except two unvoiced sounds "s" and "ʃ". (Also, It says "is" is pronounced "ɪz" or "z" when it's before the voiced ...
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Difficulty pronouncing “maths”, “baths”, “hundredths”, “sixths”

My native language lacks dental fricatives, as does the variety of English commonly spoken in my country ("Dis is a ting."). Within a month or so I have to learn how to speak in a way that's ...
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Can “ˈproʊɡræm(program)” be pronounced “ˈproʊɡrəm”?

I learned unstressed vowel sounds sound "ə". So, I think "proʊɡræm" can sound "proʊɡrəm" because æ is not a stressed vowel sound in the word. Am I right?
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Should “a” vs “an” be chosen based on an expanded abbreviation? [duplicate]

The indefinite article "an" is used when the following word starts with a vowel sound. For example one write "an adjective" but "a noun". However, when an abbreviation is used, should this be based ...
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How to pronounce thing and thought?

My dictionary says thing /θɪŋ/ thought /θɔːt/ but when listening to native speakers, I hear it like thing /fɪŋ/ thought /fɔːt/ Do I hear it wrong?
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Can fluent English speakers distinguish between “steel”, “still”, and “steal”?

Can fluent English speakers understand this sentence the first time they hear it? What? They still steal steel? Can they hear a difference between the pronunciation of the words still, steal, and ...
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“Close” and “Clothes” pronunciation

"Close" and "Clothes" sound the same in my ears. Is your pronunciation different? Did you know it through the context? I'm curious about it.
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Are “confidant” and “confident” homophones?

Both sound like /-dənt/ to me. Etymology: confidant comes to English from the French word confident, and when the word first entered our language it was often spelled that way, rather than as ...
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How to tell apart a long “oh” and a long “oo”?

In this comic there's a long "ooooooh" at the end. How can I tell if it's a long "oh" (/o/) or a long "oo" (/uː/)? I thought it could be the 'h', but I don't think I've never seen "ooooooo" anywhere....
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pronunciation of -ed in “discharged on”

"the gun discharged on its own during the struggle" How is d pronounced here? Is it like [t] or like [d] (especially given that the following word "on" starts with a vowel sound)? Neither Webster, ...