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How do we read and pronounce the "X" which are commonly seen in collaborations in advertsiting?

We often see major brand collaborating to launch new products e.g. The North Face X Timberland. How do we read and pronounce the "X"? Do we say cross, times or with?
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-ng sound in idiosyncratic

The pronunciation of idiosyncratic as given by OALD on their website is: /ˌɪdiəsɪŋˈkrætɪk/ Why is there an -ng sound in the pronunciation?
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maybe vs. may be

maybe vs. may be I wonder, if spoken fast, how do native speakers differentiate the two? Would there be any advice?
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"This one is a question, too" vs "This one is a question. Too"

Is "This one is a question, too" the same as "This one is a question. Too"? Is the "Too" understood in the second case? Are the two spoken differently?
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Why are Pakistani and Virginia pronounced Packistani and Virginea not /peɪkəˈstanē/ and /vərˈjaɪnyə

While a u sound in nudity and student is oo, a "a" Taki is o, and more. Why isn't both Pakistani and Virginia pronounced the way it is?
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Is spondee itself a spondee?

Are both syllables of "spondee" stressed in English? (Are there online dictionaries which record secondary stress? I couldn't find any just now...)
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How do we pronounce consonants in the sentence "These botanists study orchids"? [closed]

How do we pronounce consonants in this sentence? These botanists study orchids. /ðɪz bɒtənɪsts stʌdi ɔːkɪdz/ There are 3 groups of consonants in this sentence: /zb/, /stsst/ and /dz/. My questions ...
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Pronunciation of "null"

I used to watch some tutorials and the instructor was native American. There was a term in the program that was called "null object". And he used to pronounce "null" like /nʊl/. ...
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why Chinese pronounce 'θ' to 's'

Such as python's pronunciation, many Chinese pronounce to [p’ɑɪsən] but neither [p’ɑɪθɑn] or [p’ɑɪθən]. Why? Is there any reason or historical about? And how could I correct them?
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Can weak forms be also used while reading news, reading the actual text as well?

Wikipedia explains weak forms as: Some monosyllabic English function words have a weak form with a reduced vowel, used when the word has no prosodic stress, and a phonemically distinct strong form ...
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When is the ed in blessed pronounced as /id/ or /t/?

When is the ed in blessed pronounced as /id/ or /t/? I found id as an adjective before a noun. Eg. Have a blessed day. The blessed vergin Mary. And May you have a blessed holiday. I found blessed /t/ ...
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Is pronouncing "happening there" as "happening nere" common among native speakers anywhere?

I have an adult Japanese student who has what I consider a pronunciation idiosyncrasy. I'd like to know if anyone in this forum knows of this pronunciation to be common anywhere in the world. He calls ...
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How to pronounce 'managed to' and other similar phrases with -id sound followed by 'to'?

I know that when pronouncing phrases like 'attached to' the -ed sound, effectively the 't' sound in this case, combines with the 't' sound of 'to' to become a long 't'. But what about when pronouncing ...
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"I" Pronunciation in a Contraction

I know that pronoun "I" is pronounced as the name of the letter "I". I was listening to a song when I heard the singer said "I'm" and she pronounced it like /ʌm/ instead ...
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"a L2 learner" or "an L2 learner"

I'm a non-native English speaker and I'm not sure whether it should be pronounced as "second language" or "L2" itself? The question is which article should be used, depending on ...
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Are there more than 44 phonemes in English?

I was using English words to teach Malayalam consonants when I noticed that Malayalam has separate characters for the alveolar and retroflex versions of the same consonant. But I also noticed that ...
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Is Ed pronounced differently from Edd?

Are the nicknames Ed and Edd pronounced differently? I'm curious about this because of the cartoon Ed, Edd n Eddy.
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What is the correct (Scottish) pronunciation of "Paechter"?

What is the correct (Scottish) pronunciation of "Paechter"? The best I have found is this link in which there are two different ways of saying the name. Can one shed some light on the ...
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Where is Paul pronounced like pole?

I've heard "Paul" pronounced like "pole" and I wonder if that's a regular pronunciation for Americans and British people or if "pole" is just "Paul" ...
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American vs British pronunciation of the name "Sanders"

Let us assume we have a fellow called "(Name) Sanders". If he were from Britain and I were to choose the Oxford pronunciation rules, how would I write that with IPA? / ˈsæn dərs / or / ˈsæn ...
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the people who run there so just great people [closed]

I heard [34:22-34:29] part of this YouTube video as follows; "You have to be sure to check into the Jack Rabbit Trading Post. Great prices and the people who run there so just great people."...
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This meth for a small child

I heard [33:54-33:56] part of this YouTube video as follows; This meth for a small child. Did I hear it right?
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Is there an English word subset which can demonstrate almost all familiar pronunciation?

For example, the pronunciation of "tube" is [tjuːb]. If I learned "tube", I know how to spell "student" which is [ˈstjuːdnt], because "tube" and "student&...
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Does a voiceless consonant always become voiced when between 2 vowels?

In American English, it seems when a voiceless consonant is between 2 vowels, it usually becomes voiced. For example, the "t"s in "bottle" and "water" are pronounced as &...
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a place that people stop at(stopped but?) that became a ghost town

I heard [30:24-30:34] part of this YouTube video as follows; Basically the same thing can be said for the businesses in our next stop in Two Guns which was also a place that people stop at(stopped ...
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We got to try tip, but we got poblano chili cheese grits

I heard [28:30-28:40] part of this YouTube video as "We got to try tip, but we got poblano chili cheese grits. Maybe(?) it's gonna be amazing." Did I hear right? If so, does he mean he ...
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This spot'd a great food

I heard [28:40-28:43] part of this YouTube video as 'This spot'd a great food' which means 'This restaurant served a great food' If I heard right, can I use the clause in a colloquial context?
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Can I ask here for the opinion of a native speaker on how I speak in an audio for a project? [closed]

I don't really know how this works, or if I'm using it the way I should, but I've just had to record myself speaking English for a school project, and I really insecure of how I do it because I think ...
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Pronouncing position

I've noticed that a Russian friend is pronouncing: Pusition Cumputer Cumpression I wanted to comment on it, but I first tried to confirm it, and to my surprise, I found that indeed it's supposed to ...
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Is the PER in Experience pronounced PEER or PIR? [duplicate]

In some dictionaries, the second i sound in experience is a short ɪ, Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English /ɪkˈspɪriəns/ Merriam-Webster \ ik-'spir-ē-ən(t)s \ But googling "pronounce ...
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Do native speakers pronounce "z" as or close to "s"?

Sometimes I hear English speakers pronounce "z" very close to "s" in some words. I wonder if it's common, from a dialect, mispronounced, or just I misheard it. For example, "...
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a contrast between lived reality and the construct held in the mind (idiomatic?)

a contrast between lived reality and the construct held in the mind In the example sentence above, the 'lived' reality is idiomatic? If so, how do you pronounce it?
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Pronounciation of numbers in 'year... at school'?

How do you pronounce the number in the following sentence? I'm in year 5 at school. Is it "five" or "fifth"?
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Pronunciation of "and it is"?

Can you please tell me how "and it is" sounds when you say it quickly? Would it be like [andi iz]?
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Can the "ee" sound be pronounced as "ay" in songs

I always though that sometimes in songs, words like "me" were sometimes pronounced like "may", as in the month, but I was never a 100% sure and thought it could just be my ears not ...
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What is the difference between i and iː? [duplicate]

We can see that the pronunciation of 'Key' is /kiː/ and 'sticky' is /ˈstɪki/, but /i/ does not exist in my pronunciation textbook(Tree or Three? An elementary pronunciation course). There is only /ɪ/ ...
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How can I improve my pronunciation between /i/ and /i:/? [closed]

I just recently discovered the difference between /ɪ/ and /i:/ sounds (sit vs. seat) in English. I keep making this mistake when speaking, especially with words I already know because I learned them ...
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Does native English speaker always pronounce the pronoun that starts with 'th' as th?

I am confused on when to pronounce the pronouns that starts with th as the correct way, for example the word 'the', when I am watching a movie, I always hear they pronounce the th as 'd'. But for some ...
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Is it usual to pronounce, "English," as /ˈɪŋ·lɪʃ/

In many dictionaries, it says that we can pronounce "English" either as /ˈɪŋ·ɡlɪʃ/ or /ˈɪŋ·lɪʃ/. Do you think both of these pronunciations are used commonly? Do you think it is okay for a ...
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Does English not have the vowel /ε/? If it exists, what's the difference between /ε/ and /e/? [closed]

I've attempted to search and google related topics and found these two: here and here, although, I'm afraid I don't get their points and I don't know if those would help. I just want to ask and ...
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Do you pronounce "j" in the word "juvenile"? [closed]

When I first learned the word "juvenile" long time ago (as in "juvenile literature"), all the people around me pronounced it without the "j" sound at the beginning. They ...
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Is there any rule for pronouncing words endings with “-re”?

I've noticed that many words ending with 're' are pronounced by reversing the 'r' with the 'e'. Examples: fire (ˈfī(ə)r) fare (fer) infrastructure (ˈinfrəˌstrək(t)SHər) Is this a rule in English?
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Have difficulty in pronouncing /g/

I noticed myself have this problem recently. When I pronounce /g/, I get a result like a mix of /g/ and /d/, is there any suggestions on how to train and improve this point? I can hear the sound ...
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Why is editted wrong?

The general rule is that when we have vowel + consonant + vowel we should double the consonant, in order to properly pronounce the whole word. The examples include: submitted , shipping, etc. So why ...
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The vowel in the definite article "the" when followed by a consonant

I am a bit confused about how to practically pronounce the vowel in the definite article "the" when followed by a consonant. In theory, it should be a schwa. However, I have a feeling like, ...
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Is the word "access" pronounced differently as verb and noun?

Some background: I started to learn English in school since 1996 and the school only taught us British English, although sometimes the teachers also mentioned the difference between British English ...
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Which of the two different pronunciations of /z/ is correct?

When I was learning the English phonemes, I noticed that the phoneme represented by /z/ was pronounced significantly differently in the two tutorials I had purchased. I had thought that maybe one of ...
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How to syllabify a word? Is it as per pronunciation or any other rules?

Is the word critical syllabified as cri-ti- cal or crit -i- cal. Where does the t exactly come? kindly clarify.
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Perr/pɛr/ means peer/pɪə/, pair/peə/, or something else?

What do you mean by 'perr'/pɛr/? 'Peer'/pɪə/, pair/peə/ or something else? You know where that comes from? Is it a throaty pronunciation of the ‘r’ sound, characteristic of the Glaswegian accent of ...
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are Martha Sarah and Marther Sarer the same names in "The Distracted Preacher" by Thomas Hardy?

In beginning of The Distracted Preacher a maid is introduced in Newberry estate. It seems that both names refer to the same person and different spelling deals with different pronunciation. Quote: A ...
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