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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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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 ...
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How often do English speakers mishear an important and unimportant?

I know it's silly, but it's been bugging me for a while. Namely, the word unimportant and combination "an important". Whenever I pronounce them I cant' get rid of a feeling that they sound the same, ...
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The word IELTS pronunciation

Why does IELTS read [ˈaɪelts] when the I starts the word "International" so IELTS should read [jelts] instead. Is it an exception?
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American pronunciation of (tall, taught, law, bought) vs (father, pasta, drop)

I have two tutorials by Cook and by Cameron. Cameron suggests that these two groups are pronounced differently: e.g. in "drop" the tongue is perfectly flat, but in "jaw" it goes up by 1/8 of an inch. ...
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Pronunciation of final sound -ge [closed]

Can we ignore the final sound -ge as speaking the following sentence? "Having true consciousness can change someone's life."
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How to pronounce Celtics?

In ESPN videos (1, 2), Boston Celtics was pronounced as /sel-tik/, but the dictionary says both /kel-tik/ and /sel-tik/ are acceptable pronunciations and clicking the sound icon on the dictionary ...
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Pronunciation of “eccentric”

I know the pronunciation of the word in its traditional sense. Lately I’ve been researching fitness largely via online videos, and whenever someone refers to motion transforming rotation into back-and-...
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Are acronyms pronounced as a one word or separately?

In English language there are innumerable Acronyms, but what I don’t know is that when do we pronounce an acronym as one word and when as separate Letters? For Instance, UNICEF is pronounced /...
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how to pronounce “in that”

I am wondering how to pronounce "in that", where in that is a synonym for because. I have little understanding of reduction. Is it right to pronounce it /inə/?
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How can one tell apart the words queen and quean in a conversation?

I tried online voice synthesis and it sounds indistinguishable to my Russian ear: https://translate.google.com/#en/ru/quean%20vs%20queen How am I supposed to pick up the difference if the context in ...
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Why do the pronunciations of “ion” given in the Longman Dictionary and the Cambridge Dictionary differ?

Ion /ˈaɪən $ ˈaɪən, ˈaɪɑːn/ (LDOCE Online) OR Ion UK ​ /ˈaɪ.ɒn/ US ​ /ˈaɪ.ɑːn/ (Cambridge Dictionary) Why does the pronunciation of these two words differ in these two sites?
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Is there (and what if there is) a difference in saying nozzle and nuzzle? [closed]

To my Russian ear, it appears that both nozzle and nuzzle sound the same. Is it true? If no, what is the difference?
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Do native speakers pronounce 's' for the word 'corps'?

My dictionary lists the pronunciation of corps as [kɔːʳ], [kɔrz]. So, I am wondering if native speakers really pronounce the s sound?
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Anyone succeeded to teach/recognize the difference in L and R listening wise?

I'm Japanese clueless about the difference in between the sound of L and R in the most case. I thought I should just give up, but it's too much obstacle to just ignore. (It's painful to remember ...
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“need to” pronounced something like /neit/ here, Why?

Watch this video, 00:16 . How do you pronounce "need to"? /niːd tə/ or /neɪt/ I think the professor said something like /neɪt/ in that video. The sentence: You need to be aware of its difference ...