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Is there a rule for when to pronounce “ah” instead of “ae” in RP versus GA? [duplicate]

I would like to know if there is a rule when to pronounce ah in RP versus ae in GA. Is it a question of vocabulary or is there a rule for that? Examples: dance- in RP is pronounced ah but in GA it ...
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Pronunciation of “Ozymandias”

Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem Ozymandias is written in iambic pentameter and contains the famous lines 'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!' I can ...
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In phonetic writing, what does italics mean?

The word government is supposed to be pronounced guhv-ern-muh nt See here http://www.dictionary.com/browse/government?s=t
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Voiced or voiceless cluster in “Brexit?”

I was watching American national news coverage of the "Brexit" poll, and it seemed to me that none of the news anchors nor commentators used a voiced consonant cluster in their pronunciation of the ...
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Pronunciation of Gala in different circumstances

It is my understanding that Gala can be properly pronounced three different ways (sorry I don't know IPA): - noun: like GAY-la meaning a party (hopefuly with GAity) - adjective: GAL-uh, describing a ...
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How do you pronounce these Greek letters in English dictionary definitions?

Dictionary definitions for the English language usually have the word spelled out in Greek letters to indicate how the word is pronounced phonetically. Examples highlighted: What are these Greek ...
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Pronunciation of “Attribute”

My question: Is it common to use the same pronunciation of the word "attribute" for both the verb and noun? If so, how does this vary geographically? Explanation: I'm from Michigan and have always ...
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Pronunciation of words starting with “a”

I am not a native speaker, and I try to pronounce words as correct possible. I am confused with this group of words: apprehend, application (pronounced with æ) approve, appraisal, appreciation (...
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Strange pronunciation of “door”

I have just heard Australian-English actor Rob Inglis repeatedly pronounce the word "door" so that it rhymes with "poor". In what dialect is that pronunciation found? Is it Australian? Edit - ...
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How to pronounce the ^ symbol?

How should the ^ symbol be pronounced? I tried searching about this, but could not find the answer.
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What is the correct pronounciation of i18n? [closed]

Is it "internationalization" or "eye-eighteen-n" or both?
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Some questions about IPA vowels

I'm studying the English vowels of the IPA. However, I got a few questions which can't be diffused after discussions with my friends. 1. What's the difference between "ə" and "ʌ"? I don't want an ...
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From the Spanish “xaquima” to the AmE “hackamore”

A hackamore: is a type of animal headgear which does not have a bit. Instead, it has a special type of noseband that works on pressure points on the face, nose, and chin. It is most commonly ...
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Origin of “Dj” in words

I've seen a couple of references to the combination of "Dj" as part of a word, normally in names, such as Django and Ramin Djawadi. Is the "Dj" always pronounced as a "J" and where is the origin from? ...
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The word “royal”

I noticed this because of the Youtube videos about the to-be-released Pokemon game. There is a new battling style called "Battle Royal" and in those videos they pronounce royal as "roi-aww," putting ...
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The American R Tongue Moving

I heard basically there're two ways to pronounce American R correctly. American Accent Training, on which I'm lately work, says "Another way to get to 'er' is to go from the ee sound and slide your ...
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Which of my “-ly” pronunciation is the best? [closed]

As a non-native-English speaker, I find myself hard to pronounce the "-ly" sound well, such as: traditionally, simply, only, correctly, etc. When I pronounce "-ly" it sounds like "-ny", I find it ...
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A string of words illustrating the subtle differences between vowel phonemes

The large number of vowel phonemes in English makes learning pronunciation difficult. I am looking for a string of simple words that highlights the differences between the vowels. For example, bad, ...
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why is “schizophrenia” pronounced with a t sound?

One of the ways the word "schizophrenia" is pronounced is ˈskɪt.sə.ˈfri.ni.ə/ My question is where does the t sound in ˈskɪt come from as I can not see any reason for it?
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How are Hexadecimal Numbers pronounced? [duplicate]

Using different numbering systems/notations, "normal" decimal numeric expressions can be presented variously. For example, my age (57) is represented in hexadecimal as "39" However, once I'm 58, it ...
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Stress pattern changes with noun and verb homographs: exceptions to the rule

We all know that words that can be used both as nouns and verbs have a different stress pattern: http://www.wordstress.info/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Stress-Pattern-Change-noun-verb-pairs.pdf As a ...
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discerning /æ/ and /e/ sounds

As I am a foreigner, I have great difficulty differentiating the sounds /æ/ and /e/ . When spoken softly, it becomes almost impossible for me to discern the sounds. Such as this one from movie ...
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Pronunciation of a made up company name called 'logeek' with domain 'logeek.ly' [closed]

I wanted to ask how native speakers find this made up company name, is it conveying any message to you? I wanted to merge words 'logically' and 'geek' into one. I wonder if you, as native speakers, ...
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The indefinite article – does local pronunciation change when I should use a/an [closed]

I have a question about how different pronunciation of words and how this affects the use of indefinite articles. My example is the technical abbreviation URL, meaning "uniform resource location". A ...
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If a word has multiple pronunciations, how do I know which one is more commonly used? [closed]

When I tried to remember English words, I met some words that has multiple pronunciations, how do I know which one is more commonly used? Or should I remember them all? For example, prospect, as verb ...
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Pronunciation difference between “Mayonnaise” & “Vase”

I've seen quite many people pronounce "Mayonnaise" with "-s" at the end, although its phonetic alphabet is written as '/meɪəneɪz/'. So at first I thought /eɪ/ + s could be versatile as /eɪs/ or /eɪz/, ...
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The pronunciation of the name “Hinds”

As far as I know, the pronunciation of the name "Hinds" is /haindz/. Is there another way to pronounce this word? Many thanks for considering my request.
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Pronouncing 4.5 meters [closed]

What is the right way to pronounce 4.5 meters? Is it Four point five meters. or Four meters point five.
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Why isn't the ‘P’ in psychology pronounced? [duplicate]

Why is the initial letter of some of the words like pneumonia, and psychology not pronounced?
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N or AND in pronunciation

Can I say «n» instead «and»? Example: I like apples n pears.
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Are “dual” and “duel” necessarily homophones?

The pronunuciation of the words dual and duel is generally given in dictionaries as /ˈd(j)uːəl/. Thus the two words are homophones. However, saying these words to myself, I think I detect a slight ...
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Why does /tər/ (/ˈdɑːktər/ doctor or /ˈsɪstər/ sister) in American Accent sound like /trə/?

I feel like /tər/ (/ˈdɑːktər/ doctor or /ˈsɪstər/ sister) in American Accent sound like /trə/. I couldn't find this info on the internet. It seems that when we curl up the blade of the tongue too ...
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Are there any other words that are spelled with “a” but pronounced with /e/ like many, any?

Are there any other words that are spelled with "a" but pronounced with the standard phoneme /e/ in Received Pronunciation like many, any? Exceptions: derivatives of any (anything, anyone, anytime, ...
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Why is Levi's pronounced the way it is? [closed]

Why is Levi's pronounced "lee vice" instead of the more logical "levies", i.e. belonging to Levi? Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFfmXl9NJP0
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Adele's pronunciation - Can't recognise some sounds in 'Rolling in the Deep'

I've listened to Rolling in the deep many times. But I still can't hear the words being pronounced, even when I know what they are. Think of me in the depths of your despair . In "in the depths ...
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Why is /ɪŋk/ used with “ink” words when the actual pronunciation is /iːŋk/?

SOURCES 1) Words correctly coded /iː/ sound for "i" a) routine /ruːˈtiːn/ https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/routine b) machine /məˈʃiːn/ https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/machine 2) Words correctly ...
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How do I know if I have the Northern Cities Vowel Shift?

I grew up in Kalamazoo, MI, where (according to Wikipedia and other sources), many speakers have something called the Northern Cities Vowel Shift (NCS). So I'm trying to figure out if I'm one of them. ...
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IPA phonetic not phonemic database for english or polish language

Does anyone know place where I could download free or buy database with words and theirs pronunciations in IPA phonetic (not phonemic) and with division into syllables? CMU Dictionary hasn't stored ...
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Pronouncing the definite article

The definite article is mostly pronounced 'thuh' before a noun beginning with a consonant (thuh chair), and 'thee' in front of a noun beginning with a vowel (thee apple). Question 1: what is the name ...
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Kiwi (New Zealand) Pronunciation of “Moscow”

So I was watching some Flight of the Conchords just a moment ago (classic), and they're from New Zealand. In one of their songs, they said "Moscow". I'd assumed that Kiwis would say it "Mos-co" (like "...
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Anne Boleyn had a brother called Tenpin

Anne Boleyn had a brother called Tenpin Can someone explain this joke? It probably has some sort of colloquial meaning I'm missing or some way of pronunciation that makes it funny. I've found this ...
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Is day-ta more common in the South or the North of the US?

So I've read that dah-ta is more common in the US than in other places, but is day-ta or dah-ta more common to hear in the South? I haven't been able to find that out for sure.
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'Controversy' Pronunciation [closed]

May I please ask whether there is a definitive as to whether the word should be pronounced 'contr-o-versy', or 'contro-versy', as this has baffled me for years! There appears to be a difference in ...
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weak and strong pronunciation of 'until' and 'because'

We have the weak /ənˈtɪl/ and strong /ʌnˈtɪl/ pronunciation of until and /bɪˈkəz/ - /bɪˈkɒz/ for because. Could somebody give me some examples of sentences where we would use each? For example, if I ...
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Should I use commas to delimit a clause that starts with “related to”

I have the following comment in my programming code: pop and store data related to nested objects from validated_data I wonder, should the related to nested objects clause be surrounded by ...