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How to correctly pronounce word "can" in British English and in American English?

Here's somehow related answer but it is more about differences between "can" and "can't", and I'm interested how to pronounce "can" in American English and in British English.

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Have a look at this site –  Jim Apr 17 '12 at 7:53
    
Thanks! Cool site... but there's no samples from Great Britain :( –  Dmitry Lobanov Apr 17 '12 at 7:57
    
Also, many of those may be pronunciations for can as in soda can rather than the verb can. If you look at the related question linked above, it says that in American dialects, the verb can rhymes with men. But the noun can usually rhymes with man. –  Peter Shor Apr 17 '12 at 16:19

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From the OED (British pronunciation):

kæn\

From Merriam-Webster (American pronunciation):

\kən, ˈkan also ˈken; dialect ˈkin\

Here is an IPA reference, in case you are unfamiliar with the symbols used.

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To me the AE pronuciation allows more sound to the "e" whereas as a BE speaker I would pronounce hardly any "e" sound and it would sound shorter, more like "kan" such that it ryhmes with the word "pan"

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