Questions tagged [pronunciation]

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How to pronounce “changed”?

When pronouncing the word changed, how to do that? It is giving me a hard time because of the G and D part. It is so difficult to pronounce. Can I skip the G and pronounce chaned or what is the ...
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how to pronounce the word 'elementary'?

In LONGMAN dictionary, the pronunciation of the word elementary is /ˌeləˈmentəri/. However, I heard some people pronounced it like /ˌeləˈmentri/. How should I pronounce the word correctly?
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Why is the W silent in “sword” but not in “swore”?

The word "sword" is pronounced /sɔːd/ (AmE: /sɔrd/) while "swore" is pronounced /swɔː/ (AmE: /swɔr/). The W in "sword" is silent because of the following round vowel; the ...
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How many syllables are there in “world” in American English?

How many syllables are there in the word "world" when pronounced in American English? I know it depends on the speaker but I don't have any specific pronunciation I can show. But generally, ...
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what pronunciation marking is this?

I saw the parenthesized material in a verbal book. VANGUARD (VAN-gahrd) ADEPT (uh-DEPT) SATURATED (SACH-uh-RAY-tid) I guess the material belongs to a type of marking for pronunciation. Can anyone ...
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comprehensive set of English reading rules

I thoroughly searched the web and especially Wikipedia for a comprehensive set of English reading rules but I could not find one yet. I found a lot of articles about Phonics and especially about ...
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Why don't the vowels in “northern” and “eastern” get short like “southern”?

As you have probably seen the very recent question Why are “south” and “southern” pronounced with different vowels? The only (excellent) answer suggests that it is because of "Trisyllabic Laxing&...
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Why are “south” and “southern” pronounced with different vowels?

I was wondering why we pronounce the vowels in the words south and southern. They seem to be very closely related to each other. Both refer to the same direction. South is a noun and Southern is an ...
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Why don't foreign phrases such as “mot juste” get anglicized when used in English?

English has borrowed (or stolen?) a lot of vocabulary from other languages such as Latin, German, Italian, French and Spanish etc. Most words that are borrowed are anglicized and are pronounce the way ...
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Why does “is” have /z/ sound and “this” have /s/ sound?

The standard pronunciation of "is" is /ɪz/. I looked up its etymology and saw that its pronunciation in Middle English was /iːs/, with /s/. In Old English, it was also /iːs/ On the other ...
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Pronunciation difference of “arch” in “archenemy” and “monarch”

Yesterday I was watching Pokémon where I encountered this word "archenemy". It is definitely not the first time I am hearing it, though it is the first time I am putting thought into it. ...
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Why are the pronunciations of IRON and IRONY different?

I got 2 excellent answers to my previous question Why is “iron” pronounced “EYE-URN” but not “EYE-RUN”?. Now I wonder about iron and irony (and ironic). The top voted answer by Void suggests that the ...
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Why is “iron” pronounced “EYE-URN” but not “EYE-RUN”?

I just noticed that the word iron is pronounced EYE-URN in standard Englishes instead of what the spelling suggests. I have always been pronouncing it "EYE-RUN" but I just checked its ...
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Why does “elite” rhyme with “beet” rather than “bite”?

Why is "elite" pronounced /ɪˈliːt/ (rhyming with beet) and not /ɪˈlaɪt/ (rhyming with bite)? Most words that end in ite are pronounced with /aɪ/ — lite, trite, site, etc. — but elite is ...
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-ctly pronunciation in British (ex. exactly, correctly etc.)

I have a question about the pronunciation of these words in British accent; exactly, correctly etc. I am more familiar with the American accent, so I tend to ignore the 't' between two consonants. Do ...
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At which point does mispronunciation become accent?

A while back, when I was talking to one friend of mine (we are both English language learners), he "mispronounced" a word so I pointed it out. He responses with something like "Well, I ...
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Words with 'oo' that aren't pronouced as [ʊ]

I'm looking for words that has double o, but aren't pronounced as [ʊ]. (aren't like moon, goose, school) Ideally is there a rule, or even a hint for finding these kind of words? Looking at the ...
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Is “ScU Sub” an alliteration?

The "S" in "ScU" is [es], while the "S" in "Sub" is [s]. Therefore, I'm not sure whether it is an alliteration. ScU is Sichuan University. I'm considering "...
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The silent “u”: “forty” and “fourteen”

We all know that the cardinal and ordinal numbers 4 and 4th are spelled ‘four’ and “fourth” respectively. Then we have 14 and 14th which are spelled “fourteen” and “fourteenth”. Yet the numbers 40 and ...
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Linking pronunciation: ‘linked to’

How to pronounce ‘linked to’? I assume ed+t should be linked? Or is it ok to be pronounced separately. How about ‘linked them’? I can tell there is some difference between ‘link to’ and ‘linked to’ ...
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How to pronounce “Stannis's”? [duplicate]

I know that the "s" becomes "z" when it comes after a voiced sound. And it is pronounced as "s" when it comes after a voiceless sound. I also know rules about possessives ...
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How is the name 'Margie' pronounced?

'Margie' is a diminutive form of Margaret /m'a: grit/. It is normally pronounced as [mˈɑːdʒi] by the native speakers. Some other derivatives include Maggie, Meg, Megan, etc. Now, all of these have the ...
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Can I always drop the T and the D at the end of verbs in the past (or past participle) tense when they come between two consonants sounds?

I am Brazilian and I'm trying to improve my English-speaking skills. I having a tough time linking verbs in the past tense to words starting with consonants other than T and D. I learned that many ...
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Word(s) in which 'V' is pronounced /f/

I was reading this question and it reminded me of a word (I've forgotten now) which was the opposite of that question i.e. a word in which the letter V is pronounced /f/. I racked my brain for about ...
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Why are the vowels in “sense”, “nonsense” and “nonsensical” pronounced differently?

I'm a bit confused by these words. Since "nonsense" derives from "sense" but the vowel in "sense" is /ɛ/ and it reduces to /ə/ in "nonsense". BUT "...
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On the meaning of YgUDuh by E.E. Cummings

I'm currently trying to understand E.E. Cummings Poem "YgUDuh": ygUDuh ydoan yunnuhstan ydoan o yunnuhstand dem yguduh ged yunnuhstan dem doidee yguduh ged riduh ydoan o nudn LISN bud LISN ...
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“Asks” pronunciation in sentence [duplicate]

How do you pronounce “asks” in “She asks too many questions”? Is it possible to omit the “s” while we are speaking?
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The pronunciation of English consonants

Do native speakers not pronounce the final consonants in words? For example, the "d" in "bad" and "g" in "ing" in "interesting" or "speaking&...
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Why is the t in “often” silent?

Cambridge online dictionary pronounces "often" without the "t" but also gives the pronunciation with the t. I checked in many other dictionaries but it is silent. UK: /ˈɒf.ən/ /ˈɒf....
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POME GRANATE or pom o gra nate

What is the pronunciation of pomegranate? When I check the dictionaries for the pronunciation, its different from the way the native speakers pronounce it. I'm confused what pronunciation should I use....
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Are /s/ and /z/ really distinguishable at the end of a word?

I know /z/ is voiced and /s/ is not, but many times I heard /s/ when it should be /z/. For example, the word "yours", according to IPA, should be pronounced yourz /jɔːz/, but I almost always ...
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'Me' vs 'my' [pronunciation] in British English

I noticed that British people sometimes use me instead of my. For example, Liam Gallagher does it quite often. Example: The wind was strong I have nearly lost me pants What is a story behind this ...
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How to pronounce the “n” in “wasn't really…” fast?

When people say "wasn't really" really fast, does the tongue position for /n/ in "wasn't" exactly the same as an usual /n/? (like in this description.) I ask this question because ...
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How can I differentiate the american R from the american W?

I followed some guides fro the pronunciation of the american R, as a result of which my R sounds just like a W. What is the difference between them?
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Common words where TH is not pronounced as TH?

I've recently been told that the word "clothes" is actually pronounced as "close", because an American friend heard me saying it with a voiced TH sound. The thing is I usually can'...
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Are past participles in -thed ever pronounced -ðid?

Do native speakers ever (erroneously) pronounce past participles in -thed, such as bathed and clothed, as -ðid rather than -ðd? If so, how prevalent is this?
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Pronunciation of past participles of words that end with 'thed' (e.g. bathed)

How does one pronounce past participles in -thed, such as "clothed" and "bathed" in British English? Are there more than one correct pronunciation? A Cambridge dictionary said [-ðd]...
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Standing in “fries” of me?

In Christina Perri's song A Thousand Years, according to all lyrics websites at 1:46 the lyrics is "standing in front of me". https://youtu.be/rtOvBOTyX00?t=106 But to my ear she clearly ...
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How are transliterated words pronounced: as they are in the origin language or according to the recipient language's rules?

How are transliterated words pronounced: as they are in the origin language or according to the recipient language's rules? Say, we have a Soviet multiple rocket launcher "Buk". In Russian, ...
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the pronunciation of “gripe”

Cambridge Dictionary gives IPA symbol /ɡraɪp/ for "gripe" while Merriam-Webster gives /ˈgraɪp/. Both audio clips on them sound like grape, at least sound closer to grape than to white. When ...
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Is “status 1” pronounced “status of one”

In a tutorial, it sounds like "non-zero exit status 1" is pronounced "non zero exit status of one", with the pattern xx of number when talking about a number-value of something. ...
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Are there any differences in the ways of speaking English by men and women? Any typical examples?

In Japan, my home country, men and women speak slightly differently in terms of word choice and how to end a sentence, to give you just a few examples. This is especially true in informal situations. ...
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How to pronounce “another thing”

When you pronounce "another thing", should you pronounce the "r" at the end of another?
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“one thousand feet” or “one thousand foot”

According to a post Phoebe lives less than 1000' from the coffeehouse. When speaking, should I pronounce one thousand feet or one thousand foot?
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“for” vs. “fur”

In a scene of Friends Season 2 Episode 1, Phoebe helps Monica Cheats on Rachel and says went shopping for fur Those two words sound the same. According to Merriam-Webster, fur is pronounced /ˈfɚ/, ...
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silent syllables in AmE and BrE

From Cambridge Dictionary, the word "comfortable" is pronounced /ˈkʌm.fɚ.t̬ə.bəl/, while some native speakers would pronounce it /ˈkʌm.ft̬ə.bəl/, which means "for" in the word is ...
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How to tell apart ɝ and ɛ?

Today I discovered the word "scurry" and I immediately found that I couldn't tell it apart with "scary". I looked it up and found that it boils down to differentiating ɝ and ɛ, at ...
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Free to use collection of English words' pronunciations (to be used in an English teaching app)

I am building an English teaching app and I need pronunciations of the words for free so that I can use them in my app without Copyright infringement.
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the sound of “pfft” in real life

I think I know, but I'm not sure. Dictionary sound is different from real life. Does it sound like "chi"? (weirdly I couldn't find this with google or youtube)
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How to pronounce “Karl Wilhelm Bücher” in american english?

How to pronounce "Karl Wilhelm Bücher" in american english? please use the standard phonetics Karl Wilhelm Bücher (16 February 1847, Kirberg, Hesse – 12 November 1930, Leipzig, Saxony) was a ...

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