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Verbally differentiating between “prince's” and “princess”

In Trondheim (Norway) we have a set of streets named after royal titles; Kongens Gate, Dronningens Gate, Prinsens Gate Directly translated, they mean "The King's Street", "The Queen's Street", "The ...
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Stress shift amongst speakers from India

I've noticed that speakers from India shift the stress in some words such as 'adjective', 'sentence' or 'tendency'. They normally stress the second syllable and not the first one as most people are ...
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How do you pronounce an obscure name like Kaiomi [on hold]

Our company name is Kaiomi and it's actually a female name, although very very rare. We pronounce it ourselves as kayh-oh-mee, but we hear people say keyh-oh-mee for example.
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Pronunciation of file format GIF [on hold]

While browsing the internet I found several cases in which people argue what is the correct way to pronounce .gif. There are two sides in this argument: People pronouncing it with a hard g as in ...
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How do you pronounce “ a ”

I'v heard this sentence " If you kiss a frog, it turns into a prince. " and the British announcer read this sentence like this If you kiss [ ɛɪ ] frog, it turns into [ ə ] prince Is there any ...
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Articles for filename extensions [on hold]

When writing file extentions, (mainly on Ask Ubuntu) I write .txt or .avi. Should I write an .avi file or a .avi file? Because if I was to say it outloud, I would say a dot avi - but I am not sure ...
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Speaking skills for an Arabian [on hold]

I hope to improve my second language by taking natives' advice. How to improve my speaking skills as I am an Arabian, which leads to a weird accent especially with /p/, /r/, and a /t/ in the middle?
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Are vowels most often pronounced long or short?

English vowels can have two (or more, many more) different pronunciations: A : /eɪ/, mate or /ɑː/, mat E : /i:/, mete or /ɛ/, met I : /aɪ/, mite or /I/, mitt O : /oʊ/, mote or /ɒ/, moth U : ...
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Should 'g' followed by 'e' and 'i' be pronounced with a soft or hard g? [closed]

In English, words with a 'g' followed by a front vowel (e, i, y) can be pronounced with a soft g or a hard g: Words with Germanic roots are usually pronounced with a hard g: gear, get, gift, give ...
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Syllable — Phonetic Online List/Dictionary with word examples

Is there a homepage or online tool which gives you a list of let's say 2000 most common syllables sorted by it's international phonetic alphabet? (e.g. /sɜː(r)/ = the first syllable from the word ...
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Pronunciation of “-st-”. When is it “sd” and when “st”?

I recently found some words but I got confused and don't know whether to say sd or st. I am sure the following are pronounced as st: sister caster ancestor master But the following are pronounced ...
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How to pronounce words that end in consonant clusters like '-nds' or '-ths'? [migrated]

I want to know how to pronounce words that end in consonant clusters such as '-nds' (e.g. sounds), '-th' (e.g. fifth, sixth), and 'ths' (e.g. clothes).
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How to read “A = (πr)²” so as not to mistake it for “A = πr²” [duplicate]

None of the 26 answers given here, or the 5 answers given here mentions any similarity between the pronunciation of E = mc² and A = πr², yet I still remain confusioned as to what distinguishes the ...
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Pronunciation of “every body”, “every thing” etc. when written as two separate words

How shall I pronounce the words every body, every thing etc. when meaning everybody, everything, but written separately in the 19th century, like Jane Austen did? As two words, or as one? In the ...
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Linking or connected speech in reading English

I tried to read novel and could read every word correctly. But one thing that hindered me was the "connected speech or linking in English". I listened to the audio version of the book but as I ...
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Why “Be quiet!” may sound as “Be quiets!” [closed]

I guess "(Everyone) Be quiet!" referring to a group of people is correct. But it may sound as "Be quiets!" when they yell. Is it correct?
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do you skip the a at the beginning of a word after a previous word ends in a consonant? [closed]

For example: All American => All Merican Automated analysis => Automated nalysis You get the idea?
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Why is ‘i’ in milk pronounced differently from ‘i’ in find?

As far as I know, in words of the structure CVCC, the vowel is usually short. Examples include milk, front, clamp, wasp, sport, etc. However, with some CC types, the vowel seems to always be long ...
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Pronunciation of “compact” across English dialects, when used as different parts of speech

Googling suggests that compact has the stress on the last syllable when used as an adjective and on the first syllable when used as a noun. Is this common for all English dialects or are there ...
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Phoneme glottalization in English dialects other than /t/?

I've done a bit of reading on t-glottalization, so I'm familiar with how it is used and its prevalence in English dialects. Are other phonemes or sounds similarly commonplace or widely used in ...
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Pronunciation of 'Arguable'

I know that the proper pronunciation of 'arguable' is /ɑr gju ə bəl/. I do not doubt. But it often bothers me when reading this word, that it somehow sounds like 'argu r able'. While not sure, I ...
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“An” used in place of “And”? [closed]

I'm baking a meatloaf an homemade mac an cheese for din din!!!!yummie!!! Explain the improper use of "an" in the above sentence. Shouldn't it be written as? : "I'm baking a meatloaf and making Mac ...
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Grocery Store Aisle

When speaking the phrase grocery store aisle, I leave the s in aisle silent. Are there any regional variations of English in which the s is not silent?
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How to do you pronounce Ouroboros?

When i first came across the name Ouroboros it was in Fullmetal Alchemist referring to the tattoos that the Homunculi, i was watching the Dub so it was pronounced in English as Or-Ro-Bo-Ros. However ...
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Pronunciation of “this year”

I'm listening (and watching) for some English podcasts, and sometimes I'm confused about pronunciation. Say, this one contains the phrase at the end: "I felt a moment of glory when I got high exam ...
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Is it “a hemisphere” or “an hemisphere”? [duplicate]

Hemisphere begins with a silent h, like honest for example. The case of honest feels natural; a honest man simply sounds wrong. But hemisphere? I don't know if it is because I rarely use this word, ...
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Are what-cha and arent-cha examples of elision?

Are these words examples of elision? What effect do they create? If a child says them what does this suggest about their language development? Thanks for any help!!
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Original pronunciation of “kind” in “A little more than kin, and less than kind”

I'm wondering about the original pronunciation of "kind" in the famous line "A little more than kin, and less than kind" by Hamlet. Was it like "keend" or the present-day "kind"? If the great vowel ...
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Why do people often say 'hambag' for 'handbag'?

Edit The comments here are full of disbelievers! "I've never heard handbag pronounced that way. Which country are you from?" Oh ye of little faith! So - I've attached a couple of examples here ...
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I know “of” sounds like “ov”. Does “I've” sound like “If”?

I was studying connected speech and I read when we say for example I've finished my homework we pronounce the 've and f in finished as only one sound. Is it only in this case or whenever I ...
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Why is the 't' in 'nextdoor neighbour' usually silent? Where's the 't' in 'postman' gone? And why do people say 'guess book' for 'guest book'?

The words next-door neighbour and postdoc are nearly always said without a 't'. The Oxford Dictionary online gives the transcription as /pəʊs(t)ˈdɒk/, and the audio clearly says the word without a /t/ ...
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“Did I tell you what happened to him” pronunciation

Today, my American room mate was trying to tell me something and I had to ask him to repeat it three times until I guessed what his question was. It turns out he was saying "did I tell you what ...
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Does 'scent' have a silent 's' or a silent 'c?' [duplicate]

In the word "SCENT" which letter is silent "S" or "C".
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Words which are pronounced differently depending on where they are in the sentence

Is there a term for words which are pronounced differently depending on where they are in the sentence? For example, when I use the word "to" at the beginning or end of a sentence (or when I'm ...
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Learn Phonetics

As a non-native English speaker, I often search for the meaning of words on Google Search. Google provides the word's pronunciation in a written format. I do not understand how that written format is ...
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i vs. I in “pink” “ring”

I've always transcribed "pink" and "ring" with the vowel /I/ (lax) vs. the tense /i/, and my students have never argued with me about it, but suddenly I've been getting a good number of students ...
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How is “whinge” pronounced? [closed]

I once noticed somebody spelled "whine" as "whinge" and thought it was an egregious and hilarious typo. But it turns out that "whinge" is an acceptable spelling among writers of the "Queen's" ...
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NATO and US Finance Spelling alphabets - Which is more commonly used in everyday situations?

This is mostly related to US "normal" day to day usage of the spelling alphabet. I am new to the country and most often emails/names etc needs to be spelled and I find it difficult to determine which ...
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Why are Leicester & co pronounced as they are?

What is the origin of the pronunciation of words like Leicester, Gloucester, Worcestershire? Presumably, the spelling predates the pronunciation but what is the history here? What language do the ...
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What phonetic phenomenon is with /mps/ of the word 'palimpsest'? [closed]

What phonetic phenomenon is with the sequence of sound /mps/ for the word 'palimpsest'? What's the academic term of that?
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How does one properly pronounce 'enunciation'? [closed]

Is enunciation ever pronounced with a 'y' sound at the beginning?
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The proper way to say “Mocha” the coffee drink

I have noticed that most of the time when I go to Starbucks and order a mocha, the cashier doesn't seem to understand unless I repeat it. I am trying to think why is that the case since it is a very ...
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Pronunciation of “nomenclature”

"Nomenclature". OED has two pronunciations for it: nə(ʊ)ˈmɛŋklətʃə (nuh-men-cla-cher) and ˈnəʊmənˌkleɪtʃə (nomen-clay-cher) I use the former of the two, albeit without any real reason. ...
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Why is “cupboard” pronounced with a silent “p”?

According to Google at least, the word "cupboard" originated in late Middle English as denoting a board that held cups. Since then, the word has evolved to mean a kind of cabinet. My question is, ...
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Linking confusion

I just want to ask a quick question that is confused to me, in the verb phrase: "picked out". When I link these words together, I say "pick tout". However, my English teacher told me that is not ...
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What's this? What is it? Pronunciation constraints

Can anyone give a cogent, simply described explanation of why the verb BE in: What is it? ... doesn't seem to be able to be contracted with the subject: What's it? * Compare the sentences ...
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Where do people pronounce “ank” as /eŋk/ vs. /æŋk/?

Let's use "bank" as an example. Some Americans pronounce it /bæŋk/, using the vowel of TRAP. Others pronounce it /beŋk/, using the vowel of FACE. Where are these two pronunciations found?
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Why are only some “u” words pronounced with a glide in American English?

In most words with a long U that doesn't start a syllable, it is pronounced /uː/. Examples: student, reduce, introduce. However, in some words (such as music, mule, human) it is pronounced /juː/. I've ...
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Pronunciation of “influence” [closed]

What's the correct pronunciation of "influence"? Specifically, which syllable is stressed? I always thought it was INfluence, but recently I heard it pronounced inFLUence by some people. Which one is ...
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How do you pronounce 'vegan'?

Theoretically, there are four possible pronunciations of 'vegan' due to two syllables constituting this word, namely, 've'('vee' or 'vay'?) and 'gan'('gun' or 'gen' as in 'generate'?). The online ...