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For email and other systems with "read receipts", is the word "read" pronounced "reed" or "red"?

examples of systems with "read receipts": email (Microsoft Outlook, Google Gmail, etc) Apple has more than one: Apple iMessage, Apple Message If the recipient enables Read Receipts, the ...
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Whole vs. hole pronunciation (plus other wh- words)

All my life, I assumed that whole is pronounced identically to hole, but today I found this resource, saying that wh digraph represents a separate sound [hw]: "wh" represents a single sound,...
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/ɪə/ diphthong in modern speech

I'm working on my pronunciation with a teacher from England. So, learning the British accent. In the last lesson we were discussing /ɪə/ diphthong. She says that nowadays it should be pronounced as /i:...
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Pronouncing 'the'

Actually, I know the main rules of pronouncing the: Before consonants, it is pronounced /ðə/ : the kitten Before vowels, it is pronounced /ði/ : the address For putting emphasis, it is pronounced /...
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Extra vowel sound between t and m?

I am listening to a song and I hear an additional vowel sound in the chorus. After checking the lyrics normally should not be there. The lyrics says that line is 'Don't let me drown ...', but what I ...
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Can you help me understand what is being said? [closed]

I like to challenge my listening skills seeing videos/listening to podcasts or similar contents and try to understand what is being said, but I usually can't understand what people say even if playing ...
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Aspirated voiceless plosives after consonants at the end of words

It is my understanding that: Voiceless stops are aspirated at the beginning of a word, and at the beginning of a stressed syllable. Voiceless stops are unaspirated at the beginning of an unstressed ...
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Identifying what a woman is saying [closed]

Listening to a podcast, have some difficulty finding out what the woman is saying at one point. To me it's "I'll" at the beginning and then she makes a correction saying "we'll". ...
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longer (noun; 'one who longs') vs. longer (adj; 'more long') — pronounced differently?

Am I construing John Lawler's comment ELU correctly? Lawler was pairing words as Minimal Pairs. You can use IPA in your answer. Even better, if you can record and embed audio for this Minimal Pair!
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How to fix my P and b sounds while speaking?

Multiple people reviewed my speaking and told me I have a slight issue with the P and B sounds. I know the difference between the two sounds. When I try to read a sentence with the intention of ...
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Are there British accents where the word "various" is pronounced without the first shwa sound?

/ˈvɛə.ɹi.əs/ This is what Wiktionary says about the RP pronunciation of the word "various". Are there British accents where it's pronounced without this ɛə diphthong, for example like this: /...
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How do I pronounce "11-14 March"?

How do I pronounce the bold part? Should I include "to", for example? During the fighting of 11-14 March they were pounded repeatedly by Ukrainian artillery while trying to force their way ...
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Is this audio read by an English native speaker or not? [closed]

When I listen to the following audio (uploaded in my dropbox and share it with all), the voice sounds a bit rigid. It feels like it is read by machine instead of an English native speaker. Could you ...
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Could you tell me whether you like dogs or cats? - Questions and Intonation: Up or Down?

https://rachelsenglish.com/questions-intonation/ According to this video, yes-no questions have an intonation that goes up at the end. Other types have an intonation that goes down. But if it is a ...
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Do i have to release the k pronunciation in the word "picture"?

I was wondering about the pronunciation of the /k/ and /t/ in this word, ˈpɪkʧər - picture. Do I have to fully release the k?
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Is it okay to drop the "t" in "doesn't" in an American accent?

I heard some people pronounce it as doesn' and I am curious if this pronunciation is common and okay to use in day-to-day conversions.
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How to pronounce /d/ vs /də/ as in dwell

My old teacher found I like inserting schwa after consonants. When I was pronouncing and, I said it like /əndə/. She asked me to drop the last d to avoid the epenthesis. Now I'm learning the word ...
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Is it legal to pronounce the "t" as a glottal stop in the following words? Do British people do it?

Are there British English native speakers who glottalise their "t"s in the following words? Into, its, after, still, student The first case seems strange to me probably because "into&...
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Can we pronounce “can” as /kən/ at the beginning of a sentence?

I know that “can” can be reduced to /kən/ unless it has to be stressed. For example in a sentence like “I believe I can fly” we can say /kən/ instead of /kæn/. My question is, can we do the same thing ...
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How do you pronounce "one of" quicky?

I usually pronounce it as "wanov" but not sure if it's the correct pronounction and need some clarification. Thanks in advance.
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Do "on, wrong, wander" have the exact same vowel?

Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary on /ˈɑːn/ wrong /ˈrɑːŋ/ wander /ˈwɑːndɚ/ Merriam dictionary on \ ˈȯn , ˈän \ wrong \ ˈrȯŋ \ wander \ ˈwän-dər \ The American Heritage Dictionary ...
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How do you pronounce "How do you" quickly?

It's easy to pronounce it when I speak slowly but it gets really hard when I try to speak quickly especially when it's accompanied by a long sentence.
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Correct pronunciation of Masked

In the dictionary, I saw that masked pronunciation is written as : /mɑːskt/ Does that mean that after saying mask, we emphasize saying kt? So there should not be any sound of the letter d when saying ...
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How many tones in English?

Every single syllable in Mandarin Chinese contains 4 tones: First tone: a level and higher pitch---- mā Second tone: rising, start from a lower pitch and end at a slightly higher pitch---- má Third ...
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How to pronounce " bored " before "watching"?

I am wondering how to pronounce "you may have gotten bored watching that". I have little understanding about if I should pronounce the 'd' in /bɔrd/ or just /bɔr/ before the word 'watching'....
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How do we read and pronounce the "X" which are commonly seen in collaborations in advertising?

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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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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