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Questions tagged [pronunciation]

This tag is for questions which a dictionary cannot answer about the sound, intonation, and stress of how words are uttered or produced.

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Pronunciation of the prefix de- (UK / NA)

Example words: Decode Demilitarize Are given in Wiktionary with a short i sound "Dick-oh-d" "Dim-ill-it-ugh-rise" But I can‘t find anything in other dictionaries or examples on Youtube to back this ...
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Why does e in edition and eleven have difference sounds?

edition ɪˈdɪʃn̩ eleven ɪˈlevn̩ Edition, I hear this e sounds like a as in (a pen). Eleven, e sounds like short e.
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Pronunciation: TH in “There”

This might be a silly question, but I've noticed that some people in the US don't pronounce their "TH's" in some words such as (This, that, the, these, those and etc...) and some other people don't ...
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help to listen what he is saying “of the order of n” or “on the order of n”?

i am confused about the discussion on this hot post. it seems that most people believe that the professor is saying "on the order of n". the title of the question had been forced to that though, ...
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Why is the quick sound of “took” like “chee”?

Track source It took me nearly 20 minutes to go through the browser History on your computer to see what movie times you looked up. I can only hear It chee me ...
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How do I pronounce 'toml'

I am wondering how to pronounce a toml file as it is a title. yaml is [zæ: mɛl] and I think the pronunciation is similar.
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What's the correct (British) pronuntiation of 'the'?

I've been an English student since school, however, I always feel like I'm mispronouncing the word "the". Oxford online dictionary defines the pronuntiation of 'the' as: /ðə/, /ðiː/, /ðɪ/. So, are ...
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American pronunciation of “second” (edited)

I'm learning American English with some online classes, and the instructor says that the 2nd vowel 'o' of "second" sounds like "/e/" in everyday conversation (e.g. "Can I talk to you for a second?"). ...
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Is a narrator's pronunciation a dialect? “How far” is the U.S pronunciation “stretching” so now?

When I was watching this video, I was shocked the female narrator is pronouncing the one of the most distinguished honor ( therefore, I think one needs to pronounce correctly ), Pulitzer, ( as ...
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What is a “tomato word”?

In this explanation of the word myopic I get stuck by this sentence: In terms of pronunciation: it's a tomato/tomahto word: pronounce it "my-OP-ick" or "my-OH-pick," although that short o sound ...
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What is the right way of pronouncing “blessed”?

What is the right way of pronouncing "blessed"? is it "blest" or "Bles-id"? I hear people pronouncing it different ways, apparently both ways mean the same thing.
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The final /i:/ vs /i/

This is an exercise extracted from More! 2 published by Cambridge But I can’t find any words ending with /i:/. There are 2 words which are ferry and taxi ending with /i/. I wonder if there are any ...
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How can I improve my pronunciation of the flap t sound?

I am a non native speaker from Europe (my native language is Slovenian) and I'm trying to improve my English accent and pronunciation but I'm struggling with the flap t sound. I can pronounce it in ...
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The correct pronunciation of “where is”

Is it [weriz] or [weəriz]? In case of ‘there is’ I'm almost sure there is no schwa, but I'm not sure it's the same with ‘where is’. To avoid disambiguations I have to add that I'm interested in ...
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Correct pronunciation of EFI

Outside the UK/USA people pronounce acronym EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface) in two different versions: [ɪfɪ] and [ɪ-ef-aɪ]. The first argue their pronunciation that 'I', for example, mean '...
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I need a pronunciation tip

I need to know from a native speaker whether the TH in the word "foul-mouthed" can be pronounced as F. I find it very difficult to make a D sound after the TH.
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Pronunciation of “idea”: idier? [closed]

Why they pronounce idea like "idier"? Sometimes they do the same thing with some other words too.
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How to pronounce “walk” and “work” unambiguously

I moved (because of work) in a non-English speaking country, where pronunciation of English words / sounds can be a problem sometimes. I try to help them improve, since my level of English is much ...
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How does native English speakers pronounce “that he”?

I'm watching this Youtube video at https://youtu.be/BTMj0jlu5r8?t=190. At around 3:10, the narrator said: ... in fact that he slammed ... He said it too fast and I can't hear how exactly he ...
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Pronunciation of the exclamation 'whew'

I know that phew and whew are both exclamations. However, I was surprised that although phew is pronounced as /fjuː/, whew is pronounced as both /hwjuː/ and /fjuː/. How can wh be pronounced like f? ...
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Where does “day” sound like “die”?

I've seen that words like "day" sound like "die", "pray" sounds like "pry" and so on. I just googled where does day sound like die but didn't get anything. So, are day and die homephones in some ...
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How is JSON pronounced? [closed]

I watched a video on https://www.quora.com/How-do-you-pronounce-JSON and read some sites, but don't understand, what letter is emphasized (accentuated, stressed): jAy sawn or jay sAwn?
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Pronunciation of the first “t” in “electromagnet”

I am an Indian student, and I must say, I have encountered a lot of variability over the pronunciation of this seemingly harmless word. I'm quite perplexed here. Dr. Walter Lewin, a renowned physics ...
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Is it “a historical account” or “an historical account”?

I saw both of them on various books, so are both valid? Or is it just that 50% of the people are wrong? I know it's "a universe", but I still have trouble with it. Is there a website that tells you ...
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How should I pronounce “usual”?

I've been learning English for a while, but I still can't pronounce usual well. The phonetic symbol is [ˈjuʒuəl], but [j] and [ʒ] are my troubles. What is the pronunciation of [j] and [ʒ]?
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Pronunciation of the word 'tablet'

The pronunciation of the word 'tablet' as I found in Oxford dictionary is: [ˈtæblət] While Google say this: ˈtablɪt. Which one is correct?
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How Americans pronounce the T in party?

I have a simple question. I'm just asking about the direction of motion of the tongue (or the tip of the tongue). I know that the tongue moves from the R (initial position). Then, it quickly hits the ...
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Do I need to repeat the pronoun “their” in my sentence, when describing something

I would like to describe the help and communication of some workers. I just wonder do I need to repeat the pronoun "their" in my sentence or not. I would like to thank the staff at the university ...
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Tongue exercises helping English

I have a question about pronunciation. I've been studying English practically for my whole life, but for some reason I have such a hard time pronouncing the FLAP T. I do know how to make it ...
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Regarding the pronunciation of “address”

pronunciation of address I'm a post-80s. I had been keeping pronouncing it /əˈd'drɛs/ for many years until recently. Now I know its pronunciation in verb form /əˈdrɛs/ and noun form /ædrɛs/. I ...
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Why “interference” has pronunciation of “/… fɪə …/”?

We speak "interference" as: /ɪntə'fɪər(ə)ns/. However, I do not understand why we don't say it as: /ɪntə'fɜːr(ə)ns/? Just like the word "infer". Why do we pronunce differntly about "fer" part in these ...
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how to practise pronouncing r

I have been saying the 'r' sound using my teeth and my top lips. It sounds weak, often kinda like a 'w'. I want to start saying it properly all the time, using my tongue. I can do this, but find ...
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Question about the pronunciation rule of the letter G followed by e or i

In school I was taught that words with the letter G followed by i or e pronounced as [ʤ] as in the words: page, cage, large, gene, giant, giraffe, image, gel, general, gentle, etc. With time I found ...
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English and French reading rules

Lieutenant is a word of French origin, and it is read as /lefˈtenənt/. I've never learnt French and I don't know anything about French reading rules, unfortunately. But I guess the English reading ...
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I'm fluent in English, but I can't understand names of people and places

Ok, this is a tough one to put into words, so bear with me for a moment please. It is actually the first time I'm writing this down, and it is very difficult to explain. Long story short, I've been ...
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How to read mixed fractions? [closed]

Is it correct to read mixed fraction 35 466/635 as ' thirty five and four hundred sixty six over six hundred thirty five'? I know we can read it as thirty five and four hundred sixty six six hundred ...
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How do people normally pronounce the “l” in “welcome”?

I wonder how the dark L in this word is pronounced. I thought when pronouncing a dark L, I should put the tongue tip on the alveolar ridge behind the teeth, but in Rachel's English video she says she ...
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How to speak english fluently [closed]

I am here to share one of my personal problem with you. I am not a native English speaker. I learn to read how to read or write in English. I am not very fluent in english. Sometime people ask me ...
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Problem in pronunciation of voiced and unvoiced th

My sister and I have problem in pronunciation of voiced and unvoiced Th. We used to substitute unvoiced th with \s\ (like in think) and \t\ (like in thank you) and voice th with \d\ Now we are ...
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Article or paragraph 47/1 pronunciation question

How should I pronounce 47/1? India abstained on resolution 47/1 of 22 September 1992.
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It tastes like chicken(pronunciation-unstressed end consonant?)

When a particular new food is given to you, and you tasted it, you say: "Nice! It tasteS like chicken!'' Do you say it with stressed S sound or you don't have to? Because I heard from BBC learning ...
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Should I pronounce my russian name as an american or as a russian?

In meetings with my teammates from USA they pronounce my russian name "Artem" with American accent(not the way other russians pronounce it). Should I also pronounce other's Russian names with the ...
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Improve pronunciation if one's English level is already ~C1?

I've been studying English for a while and considered myself a good speaker (mostly because I had passed CAE a year ago). Lately, though, I found myself in an environment where English is used a lot ...
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Mam or mum in English crime series

In English crime series I often hear mom or mam or mum. I don't know... What does it mean? When is an appropriate time to use it? See this trailer from the BBC's Bodyguard crime series.
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Pronunciation of word ending with z sound followed by word starting with sh sound

Here are two examples of words ending in a z sound followed by a word starting with a sh sound: Does she Always shines. Do we pronounce the z sound or do we skip it and pronounce sh ...
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American English pronunciation: basically or “basicly”?

Does the final "a" drop out in words like "basically", "logically", etc, or should I pronounce it?
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How do you pronounce the plural of 'f" (f's)? Is it /efs/ or /evz/?

How do you pronounce the plural of 'f" (f's)? Is it /efs/ or /evz/? Are there any fixed rules?
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Complaint vs Complain (AmE pronunciation) [closed]

My question is about the pronunciation of the T of the word complaint. On one hand, I work for a company where I deal with different nationalities. Some Egyptians, Indians, and other nationalities ...
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How do people normally pronounce it (VAT)?

How do people normally pronounce the abbreviation VAT (Value added tax)? Which of the two chices is more common? To read each letter seperately (V.A.T) To read it as a word (vat)
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Why the p in “receipt” is not pronounced?

Is there any known pronunciation rule that justifies the p in "receipt" not being pronounced, does it have to do with the origin of the word or something or how it is? Why the p in "receipt" is not ...