Questions tagged [pronunciation]

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Pronunciation of “kids”

Is "kids" pronounced [kidz] (the same /z/ of "zebra", voiced) or [kids] (the same /s/ of "star", unvoiced) ? I have always heard and pronounced the latter, but I have just seen the former in ...
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About pronunciation of 't+you'

In case of pronuncing "support you", I thougt connecting 't' to 'y' makes a 'ʧ' sound, so that It's sound like "səˈpɔːrtʃu". but I found many videos in which It's sounded like "səˈpɔːr u". Which ...
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How to pronounce T in 'not enough'?

My native language is Croatian and I have been listening to A. J. Hoge who is a teacher from San Francisco. What I hear when he says "not enough" is "norinaf". How would one pronounce it? There are a ...
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Is the word “I'm” pronounced like /ʌm/ or /əm/, instead of /aɪm/, when it is unstressed?

Is the word "I'm" pronounced like /ʌm/ or /əm/, instead of /aɪm/, when it is unstressed? https://vocaroo.com/i/s0aH2YlO4tRU
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What is the pronunciation of the prefix “RE-” (which mean “again or back”) in a word, /ri:/ or /rɪ/?

Is there any rule to pronounce the prefix "re-" (again or back) in a word? Because sometimes it's pronounced as /ri:/ like in reread, reapply, rebuil, relive, remarry, rejoin,... and sometimes it's ...
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Mispronounce dʒ as tʃ - Do native English speakers do that sometimes?

I hear dʒ is pronounced as tʃ in these examples: J in "jailed" of the sentenence the Judge jailed Jokesters in jucy jails (from this video on youtube) J in job (from Oxford Dictionary) J in judge (...
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How to pronounce 'gotta'?

How to pronounce 'gotta'? With 'R' or with 'D'? You've gotta be kidding. You've - gara - be kidding. or You've - gada - be kidding.
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How to pronounce the phrase “an unreliable person”?

As I mentioned in the topic, I'm confused about how to pronounce "an unreliable person" in a native way, because when I pronounce them seperately, such as an un, I think it sounds a little bit ...
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When the word “our” is unstressed, is it pronounced like /ʌɹ/ or /əɹ/?

When the word "our" is unstressed, is it pronounced like /ʌɹ/ or /əɹ/? For example: https://vocaroo.com/i/s0uXE3Gaahqm
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When the word “while” is unstressed, do you pronounced like “wəl”, “wʌl” or “wɑl”?

When the word "while" is unstressed, do you pronounced like "wəl", "wʌl" or "wɑl"? For example: https://vocaroo.com/i/s0ksGbGNUfyW
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When the word “want” is unstressed, is it pronounced like /wənt/ or /wʌnt/?

When the word "want" is unstressed, is it pronounced like /wənt/ or /wʌnt/? https://vocaroo.com/i/s1nUhAfWsc9k
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Is the word “homophone” misleading?

I remember a language learning app that claimed to help users to distinguish between the words like right-write, break-brake, heal-heel, principle-principal, etc. However, I have long known them as ...
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How do I read “off of” naturally?

He brushes a lock of hair off of my cheek. Either I should make a break between "off" and "of" or read them linked "offov"?
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How do I read “don't take” in a linked way with American accent?

I don’t take too kindly to people telling me what to do. I'm aware of the rule for double t of reading in linked way -- t t turns to d. But here I think "don't take" turns to "don't dake" would be a ...
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Confusion with /e/ sound

An exercise from English pronunciation in use (Elementary), J. Marks: Seven of these numbers have /e/. Which are they? Three, seven, eight, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, seventeen, eighteen, twenty,...
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schwa sound /mən/ sounds like /mæn/ in some dialects?

Most of the dictionaries online pronounce the word fireman the way I expected, but one of them's American pronunciation sounds like /ˈfaɪə(r)mæn/ even though the IPA is still /ˈfaɪə(r)mən/. Is ...
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Is there a phrase sounds like “sub this straight keen”?

In this video, it sounds as if the lecturer is saying: ...sub this straight keen A few seconds later, he then says ...so we're taking our function and subbing it in 3 X plus Delta X... Now ...
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Which one is the correct pronunciation of “the”, before the word “amount”, [ði:] or [ðə]?

What we are taught at school is that "the" before vowel pronounce as a long "thee" [ði:] It sounds that the lecturer is saying [ðə] we can then say that the gradient of this line is equal to the ...
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AmE vowel pronunciation dilemma

I can't figure out how to spell vowels in AmE. I generally prefer to pronounce "o" letter as "ɑ" as well as sometimes "ə". But it is done intuitively irrespective of any rule. I think there must be an ...
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About “dark l” sound in daily conversation

Could you please tell me that if you really make the dark l sound in words like “call” “wall” “fall” or “hole” in daily conversation, like you can feel the movement of your tongue, or just do it when ...
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EE or IH Sounds

Does it seem to me that in some songs words are pronounced differently? for example (instead of ɪ is heard i) Like in the hook of Vince Staples - Lift Me Up
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Question about the pronunciation of “governance”

I looked the work governance up in dictionary and all dictionaries state its pronunciation is [ˈgʌvənəns] or [ˈgʌvərnəns]. However, I have several dictionaries that have audio and I can clearly hear ...
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How to pronounce this character `^`

this character ^ could be typed by shift + 6, usually means powers of some number, the question is How to pronounce this character ^?
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Is “is” pronounced “ɪs” or “s” before the unvoiced sounds?

My dictionary says "is" is pronounced "ɪs" or "s" when it's before the unvoiced sounds except two unvoiced sounds "s" and "ʃ". (Also, It says "is" is pronounced "ɪz" or "z" when it's before the voiced ...
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Difficulty pronouncing “maths”, “baths”, “hundredths”, “sixths”

My native language lacks dental fricatives, as does the variety of English commonly spoken in my country ("Dis is a ting."). Within a month or so I have to learn how to speak in a way that's ...
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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 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 ...