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How do you pronounce the word, Superman?

For example the pronunciation of man seems equal in American and British English. But this is not the case for Superman. It seems that in American English, it is pronounced as Supermen. I'm asking it because in Italian we're using the American pronunciation.

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No, In america it still has a "short a" as in 'bad' or 'fan' or 'can'. Regional dialect may change how that short a is pronounced. But however it is pronounced I'd expect that just plain 'man' and the 'man' in 'superman' would be pronounced the exact same way. –  Jim Aug 19 '12 at 23:42
    
After listening to the two audio clips, I've concluded that the British woman seems a lot more excited to see Superman than her American counterpart, who seems much more ho-hum about the matter. But, to answer your question, I agree with @Jim: however one is inclined to pronounce man, they will likely pronounce the last syllable of superman pretty much the same way. Any variations in the recorded dictionary audio snippets are probably due to normal vocal/pronunciation variations in the speakers themselves. –  J.R. Aug 19 '12 at 23:53
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In America it's /supərmæn/, with the /**æ**/ vowel of man, Stan, hand, and the second syllable of banana. What some people call the "short A" sound. In the UK that sound does not extend quite the same way, since the TV hero called /bə'nanəmæn/ in RP would be called /bə'nænəmæn/ in the US. –  John Lawler Aug 20 '12 at 0:04
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Also, it looks like the OP may not reliably distinguish /ɛ/ in men from /æ/ in man, which is a common difficulty with English vowels. –  John Lawler Aug 20 '12 at 0:06
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Highly relevant: "Why isn't it Spidermən?" –  Rahul Narain Aug 20 '12 at 4:12
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"Superman" is pronounce just like "Super" and "Man". "Super" sounds like "Soup" (I don't know IPA, but that vowel sounds like the name of the letter "U") and "er" and "Man" rhymes with "can, fan, span, and plan"

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