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Difference in pronunciation of “a team” and “A team”?

I noticed that I pronounce the A differently based on the intended meaning: I belong to A-team. (like ey in they) and I belong to a team. (like a in apple) Are the pronunciations ...
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What decides how to read a Roman number in titles?

Is there a fixed rule that decides whether to read a Roman numeral as a cardinal number or an ordinal number? For Example, WWII, we say World War Two, but Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Elizabeth the ...
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How do we get pronunciation Yoost to?

In this thread How does the phrase "used to" work, grammatically? the construct "used to" is discussed but there is no mention of its pronunciation. Here (Canada) the "used" in this phrase ...
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Why 'hippo-paw-tamus?'

The ruminations of an idle mind: Several English words such as potion, potable, potables, poison, derive from the Latin root potare, poto "to drink". In all cases these words are pronounced with a ...
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How should “pinisi” be pronounced?

Yesterday, while searching the Internet for Indonesian sailing ships, I came across the Wikipedia article for the pinisi. No pronunciation is given in that article, and I was unable to find anything ...
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Do we ever pronounce “sale” as “sell”?

I'm not a native speaker and I have always heard that "sale" is pronounced "sail/say+l", and "sell" is pronounced "cell". But my teacher who is a lawyer always pronounces "sale" as "sell". He is not a ...
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Pronunciation of prefixes or letters like “acc-” , “ent-”, “tri-” in various words like accent, enter, trivial?

I am not a native English speaker and thus the variation of pronunciation always amazes me. How can the exact prefix or letters pronounced so differently in some words, for example: Accent is ...
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Is the pronunciation of 'th' as in think 'f' specific to a native speaker's variety of English?

I'm asking this because I heard two people say fink* instead of think & bof* instead of both: a non native university teacher of English and a native speaker of English. If it's not a speech ...
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Does “shore” require the “r” sound in the pronunciation (UK pronunciation)?

In the Cambridge Dictionary I see the pronunciation of the word shore is represented by /ʃɔːr/. In the WordReference dictionary it is instead pronounced as /ʃɔː/. The "r" sound is silent in the last ...
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On the symbols ʊ and u:, long sounds vs short sounds [on hold]

Is the u: supposed to be the long version of the ʊ? Reading the IPA sounds is there a specific arrangement that specifies a shorter version against the longer version?
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Difference between variants of pronunciation such as /fɑg/ vs. /fɔg/ for “fog”?

Some dictionaries give two variants of pronunciation (with /ɑ/ vs. /ɔ/) for words like: fog, log, loss, etc. I think that the variant with /ɑ/ has nothing to do with the cot–caught merger because ...
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Pronunciation of Gariepy

Gariepy is a surname. From what I've seen, it seems to be a French/Canadian surname, so I'd expect /garje'pi/ (actually with a French uvular /ʀ/). I have heard it pronounced /ga'riepi/ by my Calculus ...
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Why do some English speakers sound like “ü” when saying “ow”? [closed]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPJiShBIPw8 In this example, the narrator sounds like "loy power", "soy far soy good" instead of "low power", "so far so good". Every time the [ou] sounding is ...
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Is it acceptable that 'fuel' is pronounced as 'fju:ə'

One of my colleague have kept pronouncing 'fuel' as 'fju:ə'. There is omission of the 'L' sound. In the dictionary, phonetic transcription of 'fuel' is 'fju:əl' I'm not a native speaker (living in ...
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Ipa vowels relationships

Lately I'm into improving my english (UK) pronunciation. I'm using the IPA chart for such purpose. I was wondering if there's any relationship between the ə sound and the several diphthongs that ...
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Deletion of /h/

I was once told by my BrE teacher that when we have a word ending with a consonant followed by another word starting with h, the h is deleted, meaning that the pronunciation is different. For ...
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Why do we pronounce a long second vowel in “decide”, but a short second vowel in “decision”?

The "i" in "decide" is pronounced [aɪ], whereas the first "i" in "decision" is pronounced [ɪ], at least in American English. The same with pairs like collide/collision, divide/division, etc., despite ...
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Pronunciation of the plural of 'Ms'

The pronunciation of 'Ms' is /mɪz/. How about the plural of 'Ms' (i.e. Mss)? Will it be /mɪzɪz/ or simply /mɪz/ (pronunciation unchanged)?
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Are there any dialects of English that pronounce “regalia” as “rəˈɡälyə”?

Google tells me that it sounds like this: rəˈɡālyə Other resources say: merriam-webster.com: /ri-ˈgāl-yə/ dictionary.com: /ri-gey-lee-uh/, /-geyl-yuh/ dictionary.cambridge.org: /rɪˈɡeɪl·jə/ ...
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When and where did * become “splat”?

I learned the asterisk character is the reason splatbooks are named such (from *books). However, I've been unable to find any specifics on who started pronouncing * as "splat". I know it's not very ...
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How to pronounce “locale”?

In computing, a locale is an identifier for a user’s language or region. As a non-native speaker, I somehow came to pronounce it low-kale, while it seems it’s rather enunciated lo-kaal (avowing its ...
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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 [closed]

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 searched on internet but couldn't find 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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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.