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How to pronounce "friends"?

You may pronounce it with a stopped /d/ or without it—/frɛndz/ or frɛnz/—in practice, nobody will notice.
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How to pronounce "friends"?

Not much of a transition needed. Compare with the word cards, it does not become cars. If your native language does not have that 'ds' sound/transition, I can understand that it might be hard for ...
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How to distinguish 'month' and 'months' in pronunciation?

The "th" sound is one of the most difficult phonemes in English for non-native speakers, as many other languages don't have such a sound. It's quite possible that there is nothing wrong with your ...
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How to distinguish 'month' and 'months' in pronunciation?

The s on the end can be difficult to hear, but both words are usually paired with a determiner: I'll go in a month I'll go in a few months I'll go in one month I'll go in two months The word month ...
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How to pronounce "changed"?

TL;DR Replace the affricate [d͡ʒ] of 'changed' by [ʒ] and pronounce it [t͡ʃeɪnʒd]. [ʒ] is the sound at the end of the word garage, so it should be easier for you. Explanation English consonant ...
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How to pronounce "changed"?

Try pronouncing two words, first "change" and then "do", with a little pause. Then practice saying them with a smaller and smaller pause, until you are saying "changedo". ...
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Pronunciation of "met her" in American English

Here are my thoughts as an American English speaker; I don't have references for this so some of it may be wrong. The pronunciation that sounds most natural to me is [mɛɾɚ], with /h/ omitted and the /...
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How to pronounce "friends"?

The ds at the end becomes a z sounds, like zoo
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How to pronounce words that end in consonant clusters like '-nds' or '-ths'?

English speakers regularly simplify certain clusters in English. This is usually not random, but relies on various rules in the language. In particular: the cluster /ndz/ as found in sounds, finds, ...
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The TH sound seems to be silent just after the S sound

This is normal, not peculiar to Ms. Swift. In speech th- is often assimilated to an immediately preceding continuant, not only with that but at the onset of any unstressed function word such as the, ...
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/dz/ and /z/ Is there really big difference?

Yes, /dz/ and /z/ sound very different to native speakers, and when pronounced properly are clearly distinguishable. It is actually far more common for /dz/ and /ts/ to be confused by non-native ...
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What is the difference between /tr/ & /tʃ/?

There appear to be two separate questions: Which one is correct? How can I distinguish between them? Both pronunciations are correct, but they each represent a different accent. The American ...
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How to pronounce "friends"?

It is pronounced with the affricate [d͡z]. A good way of thinking of it is as the "j" sound /d͡ʒ/ but with your tongue at the location of /d/, either touching the back of your teeth or closely behind ...
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do they sometimes omit the /d/ , /t/ sounds of the -ed ending?

The final -ed would be either omitted or reduced to a vestigial -t in normal speech. The elision between the /z/ and the /s/ can clearly be seen in this spectrum, where the vestigial t can (believe it ...
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How do we pronounce month's? I mean apostrophe s after th?

The presence or absence of an apostrophe makes no difference. When I say 'th', my tongue is curled up at the sides. To change the sound to 's' I simply flatten it.
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Having trouble with t-d, t-d, d-t and d-d clusters

In cases "3" the context of pronunciation is that of double consonant sounds, in particular that of double plosives; the key to the pronunciation is given in Longman Pronunciation dictionary,...
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Pronunciation of [bunch'ed' together]: "ch+ed+t" cluster

English consonant clusters can be difficult-to-pronounce at times,... The -ed is pronounced /t/ in this case. I've expounded on the pronunciations of the -ed endings in this answer Now, there are four ...
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How to pronounce "friends"?

This is very accent specific and there's no real "wrong" way within the following z - the D is softened to the point that the ds becomes a Z sound Dz - the D is slightly softened, but the D is still ...
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How to distinguish 'month' and 'months' in pronunciation?

In the Midwestern American dialect, months is often pronounced "mons" (i.e. məns or monce), emphasizing the "s" sound and virtually ignoring the "th" sound. But honestly it virtually never matters. ...
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pronunciation difference: funs, funds

"Funs" is an verb form, likely infrequently used: He funs around every weekend. So it would be grammatically incorrect there and also makes no sense in the context. What I hear is the "d" ...
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