Questions tagged [pronunciation]

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Pronunciation of “How have you been?”

Is it true that we pronounce it as: "Howve you been?" And don't pronounce "ha"? Am I right?
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Pronunciation of “How are they?”

Is it true that we pronounce it as: "How A they" And we miss "re"?
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how to pronounce “causa causans” in american english?

How to pronounce "causa causans" in American English? The simple explanation which was given by the Spiritualists of the time is not to be set aside readily—and least readily by those who know ...
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pronunciation of “was spent”

"Was spent" We don't pronounce it as a: /waz spent/ We do it as a: /was'spent/ (without any gap between was and spent?) Did I understand it correctly?
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Which phonetic alphabet represents the this sound?

Which phonetic alphabets represents the sound of 'u' in words like 'truck'? My real name includes written 'sam' but it is read as 'sum'. So I want to know what could I write between s _ m to make it ...
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How is Lenny Kravitz pronuncing this sentence?

Maybe, this is a strange question. Maybe not the place... In the song titled "Are you gonna go my way", you can find the same sentence being pronounced too fast for me. I think I know how to ...
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how to pronounce “butlerof” in american english? is /bɑːtlerɑːf/ true?

how to pronounce "butlerof" in american english? is /bɑːtlerɑːf/ true? Mrs. Jencken's mediumship was interwoven in the texture of her daily life. Professor Butlerof says that when he paid a ...
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How to pronounce a name you see for the first time?

Could you please tell me how to pronounce a name (interpreted from other languages) for the first time you see it? In English I find it difficult to do so because of the flexible pronunciation of ...
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how to pronounce “Daniel Dunglas Home” correctly in american english?

how to pronounce "Daniel Dunglas Home" correctly in american english? from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Dunglas_Home
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The Pronunciation of 'i' at the Beginning of a Word

For years I took the pronunciation of "immersion" as the following. https://howjsay.com/mp3/immersion.mp3 However, the "i" in the American pronunciation on this page is pronounced like "uh". Which ...
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Is it acceptable to pronounce the “T” in “Time” in this specific case? [closed]

My question is that Does the man pronounce the word "time" wrongly in this video? It seems that he doesn't aspirate the "T" in "Time".
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Pronunciation of “what” with an / h / sound

In old american documentaries I noticed that they would pronounce the word what with an / h / sound. But these days it is not pronounced with the / h / sound. I wonder if anybody would explain. ...
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Do Americans usually pronounce “HOW TO LOVE” /haʊdʌv/?

The Weeknd is singing MAYBE YOU CAN SHOW ME HOW TO LOVE where "HOW TO LOVE" sounds like /haʊdʌv/. Do Americans usually pronounce "HOW TO LOVE" /haʊdʌv/?
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Do Americans pronounce “whether or not” /ˈweð.ɚ ɚr nɑːt/?

I put the phrase "whether or not" in google translate just now, which pronounces /ˈweð.ɚ ɚr nɑːt/. Note: The pronunciation changes with IP address. That pronunciation is only with American IP ...
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How to identify right pronunciation?

I always wonder what is the reason for pronunciation of certain (group of) letters to change when used in a word. For example, the letter 'o' changes it's pronunciation to 'ʌ' rather than 'oʊ' when ...
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“wet” is pronounced /wetʃ/, is it a common accent?

I clearly heard the speaker is pronouncing "wet" /wetʃ/ you could "get wet". If you're out in the rain: "Aw, I got wet in the rain." So: "got", past tense. Is it a common accent?
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What did Cate Blanchett say?

https://youtu.be/m_ZVJgM-bZI?t=16 This year, five actors lifted the __________ of expectations (...) What exactly did Cate Blanchett say? I'm going to assume it's a loanword or something.
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What's the correct pronunciation of the indefinite article “a”?

I have noticed watching series, that some characters, or even the voice of my translator speaks the letter "a" with two different sounds when it's in a sentence. For example: It's correct to say "ae ...
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Is “what did he say” pronounced /wɒ ti di seɪ/ for contraction in everyday quick speak?

I know there are rules for pronunciation contraction and I learned some of those, I still not sure about this one "What did he say?" Is it pronounced /wɒ ti di seɪ/ for contraction in everyday ...
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The word “who” is pronounced /hju/, is that some kind of accent?

I carefully listened the pronunciation of who on Cambridge Dictionary, which fits with my existing knowledge and experience. A speaker in a video pronounces who more like /hju/ than /huː/. Why is ...
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Is it a very common and recognized way to pronounce the word “opposite” /ˈɑː.pə.sɪt/?

Cambridge Dictionary gives an IPA /ˈɑː.pə.zɪt/ for the word "opposite", which totally fits with what I know. This American kindergarten teacher in the YouTube video titled: Antonym Rap: Reviewing ...
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Should I hear be able to a difference in pronunciation between “or” and “all”, and if so, what is it?

I’m not a native speaker of English; I’m Vietnamese. When I listen to a voice sample of or vs all, I can’t hear any difference between those two words. Do they really have the same pronunciation? If ...
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Is it a commonly used spoken contraction to pronounce “the interviewers” /ðɛntər vjuwərs/?

This guy is saying (https://youtu.be/nhTcuUvLGOE?list=PLD6t6ckHsruYoalxbzcjX1TNn4h7ShiRk&t=271) Don’t give your entire work history; the interviewers can get that from your CV if they want it. ...
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Should I pronounce “would need” as /wudnt/?

This girl is saying (https://youtu.be/IW7IssCKgmI?list=PLD6t6ckHsruYoalxbzcjX1TNn4h7ShiRk&t=124) You would need to find a place that has veggie options, too. it sounds like that she pronounces ...
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What does a superscript 'r' in IPA mean?

I am aware of the pronunciation of the IPA /ɔː/ and /ɔːr/. Cambridge dictionary gives this IPA. What does the superscript 'r' pointed out by red arrow mean?
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Cases of different pronunciation and word meaning in American and British English and its influence on the sense of humour

Spellings and pronunciations of some words in American and British versions of the English language sometimes don't coincide.Also, these versions have different meanings of some words( like the most ...
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Is “did you” pronounced /di ju:/, /di dʒju:/ or /di dju:/?

There are 3 types of pronunciation of "did you" I've heard, /di ju:/, /di dʒju:/ and /di dju:/. When a speaker, usually an American, doesn't pronounce the second 'd', that would be /di ju:/. When a ...
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Do only Americans pronounce “used to” as /juːstə/ or /juːsta/?

Another post (When contract "used to" as "usta", is it pronounced /ə/ or /a/?) explains why "used to" is pronounced /juːstə/. This post focus on who pronounce that way. I've ...
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When contract “used to” as “usta”, is it pronounced /ə/ or /a/?

In everyday english, people like contracting words, for example, "used to" would be contracted as "usta". When people pronounce a single "usta", it sounds like /juːstah/; when people pronounce a ...
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How to pronounce the approximant /j/ in words like “yeast”?

From what I have read, the approximant /j/ (which used to be called a semivowel) in a word starts with something very like the vowel /i/ and quickly glides to the vowel after it. I can understand how ...
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It sounds like that there is a “v” in “generally”, What I saw at her mouth matches what I heard. Why is that?

The speaker is lecturing (https://youtu.be/vzsQkjX4fD8) whether you are an English Learner an actor or someone generally interested in linguistics learning the IPA the international phonetic ...
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Is “g” in “hangover” pronounced /ŋ/, /g/ or silent?

I've listened the pronunciation of the word "hangover" on Cambridge dictionary (https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english-chinese-simplified/hangover), both UK and US. I am aware that g is ...
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It sounds like “are” is eaten in “you're”, is this a common accent or my mis listening?

I am not a native English speaker, so I have some difficulties on catching some pronunciation in spoken English. This guy is lecturing (https://youtu.be/_nRtCVJIToA?t=251) You had an idea, you had ...
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Pronunciation of “a thousand”

So I've always pronounced this as "ay thousand" (as in day) instead of "ah thousand" (as in data). Yesterday I was talking to a friend (not native english speaker also), and he thought I was saying "...
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Is this a way of emphasizing “or” to pronounce it as “o ra”?

It sounds like the video is saying (link with a time stamp corresponds the following) we can also use get to with him or her or me or you after. where there is a clear "ra" in "or me" question ...
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/dz/ and /z/ Is there really big difference?

I have difficulty distinguishing the two phonetic symbols. Roads, rose; needs, knees... Do these words sound very different to native speakers? How should I pronounce them?
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“British” sounds “brish”, is this a glottal stop or just the presenter's accent?

Americans uses glottal stop in spoken English. It sounds like the video is saying (a video link with a time stamp) British explorer Bear Grylls is best known to TV audiences for Discovery's Man vs....
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It sounds like Americans like omitting consonant between 2 vowel. Is it a commonly used regularity? [duplicate]

It sounds like Americans like omitting consonant between 2 vowel. for example: https://youtu.be/rEnMEDo8Nzw?t=69 because we want to make sure that these don't flatten whatsoever while they're ...
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Is “o” in “hot” pronounced the same as “u” in “but” in American spoken english?

I heard lots of American people pronounce "o" in "hot" pronounce the same way as "u" in "but", does "o" in "hot" pronounce the same as "u" in "but" in American spoken english? Note: I am talking ...
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How to pronounce “they're” in everyday spoken english (very fast contraction)?

there are lots of Pronounce Contractions in American English Pronunciation. It sounds like the tutorial is saying (a video link with a time stamp) I'm going to do that with all of my portions. ...
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Is there some accent pronounces “I'm going to do” as “my do”?

It sounds like the tutorial is saying put in all your tops. my do this all the way down ... The autogenerated transcript gives put in all your tops. I'm going to do this all the way down ... ...
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Compliment & Complement

A little confused with the pronunciations of these two words Compliment & Complement And does a Native-Speaker identify them based on the subject of conversation or based on pronunciations Is ...
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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' [closed]

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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