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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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 do you read “set the” quickly and smoothly?

A flash of contempt set the queen’s jaw but almost instantly faded into a serene smile.
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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 “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 ...
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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, ...
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Different pronunciation for words starting with en- ( /ɪn/, /en/ and /ɪˈ/ )

Are there any guides to know when to pronounce as /ɪn/, /en/ and /ɪˈ/? For e.g. enable, entertain, enforce
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Is the Tongue movement exactly the same while pronouncing the T in “Part of” and “Party”?

I'm speaking about the American accent. The R-flavored flapped T is very very hard to pronounce for Arabic speakers like me. I somehow managed to pronounce the T in the terms "part of" and "Sort of". ...
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How to pronounce /aʊn/?

How to tell /aʊn/ from /ɑːn/? It is hard for me to tell the difference when listening to the words, fond and found, bond and bound. They are almost the same. I always ignore the /ʊ/ sound in /aʊn/ in ...
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What is phonetic transcription of “uses”

I don't know exact pronunciation of these words. It's hard for me to hear what sound there is "e", "ə" or "ɪ". And on the end I suppose there is "s", possibly "z"? verb "use" [juːz], third person ...
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what are the words used to describe pronunciations called?

Following are some examples of words that describe the pronunciation of other words. What are these descriptive words called? I tried using search but it didn't help. hipster - hip.stuh say -...
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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 ...