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How do I pronounce my surname?

I am not a native English Speaker, but I work with English speakers on a daily basis and they have always troubles pronouncing my surname, so they will often ask me to tell them how they can pronounce ...
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Which dictionaries have modern USA english pronunciation? [on hold]

I need a dictionary with the latest USA English pronunciation. Anything else (word definition and etc.) does not matter, I only need modern USA english pronunciation of the words. Which dictionaries ...
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do native English speakers completely omit the /r/ sound in /ˈev·riˌwʌn/ (everyone)?

Most Asian non-native English speaker pronounce the /r/ clearly in the word everyone /ˈev·riˌwʌn/. However, when hearing the pronunciation of /ˈev·riˌwʌn/ in some online English dictionary, I hear no ...
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Why do we say 'year 1993' as “nineteen ninety three” instead of “one thousand nine hundred ninety three”?

Why do we read some calendar years by their two-digit place value and not according on their numerical place value like: 1500s as fifteen hundreds and not one thousand five hundreds 1895 as ...
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Do native speakers ever make pronunciation mistakes?

I've been thinking of this and I'd appreciate if a native speaker could reply. Many times I see on the internet lots of English-related material about how to pronounce correctly, and that is mainly ...
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Unable to pronounce 'sh'

I know a number of speakers for whom English is a second language who are unable to pronounce sh. As a result, words such as passion become something along the lines of pass-en. I'd like to know what ...
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About TSC acronym pronunciation

How would you pronounce TSC acronym ? tē ĕs sē ? or most probably people would use a word like pronunciation Tis´ic ? :-(
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Pronunciation of ‘few’ as [ˈfjyu̯]

I was surprised to see that Wiktionary states few be pronounced as /ˈfjuː/ or /ˈfju/. I have always pronounced it as [ˈfjyu̯]. Furthermore, I've copied the pronunciation from what I've heard and when ...
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What's the name for when a word changes its pronunciation because of how people read?

With greater literacy in the past 100 years, most English speakers are also proficient at writing. Sometimes due to the great divide between English spellings and the true pronunciation, people will ...
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How to pronounce fractions larger than a twentieth, where the last digit of the denominator is a 1 or a 2? i.e. one thirtieth is to 30 as _ is to 31

Disclaimer: I speak British English. I've noticed a lot of differences between the way Americans and Brits pronounce numbers.1 Since the question concerns this, I thought it might be appropriate to ...
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An APP name's pronunciation

I thought a name for an app that I'm developing and I've got a doubt about it's pronunciation. The name is "LukDis". Do you think it could sound like "Look This"? Do you think it's a good name or ...
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Word for space-origination

How could you say something is from space? For instance, californian, french, american, etc. Spactian sounds like something that could perhaps be correct, but the spelling's transposition into ...
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How to pronounce JOHN? [closed]

Can someone help me to pronounce JOHN correctly? People seemed to struggle to understand me.
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How to pronounce “digne” and “na”?

I looked up unproduced in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED)¹ and it gave an example quotation from the 1965 edition of John Ireland's 1490 compendium The Meroure of Wyssdome ("The Mirror of ...
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Linking Homorganic Consonants

when native speakers pronounce the phrase "Have a good time" do they tend to drop the "d" in the word "good"? The "t" and "d" are in the same tongue position and the only difference between them is ...
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What is the difference between /ɚ/ (farmer /ˈfɑːr.mɚ/) & /ɝ/ (bird /bɝːd/)?

Ok, look at this vowel diagram of English language, you will see /ə/ & /ɜ/ are the central vowel. Both has the middle of the tongue raising in the middle of the mouth, except that /ə/ has to raise ...
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Confused about sound /a/ & /ɔ/ in English Vowel diagram and in English dictionary?

ok, see this Vowel diagram Could you explain, what is the difference among /a/ (/faɪv/ five), /ɑː/ (/ɑːm/ arm), /ɒ/ (/hɒt/ hot), /ɔː/ (/lɔː/ law)? Is /ɒ/ the same as /ɔː/? Why do we need : after ...
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What is the correct transcription of 'wikinames'?

I thought that this is [ˌwiki'neimz], but do I really need to indicate primary stress, since names contains only one syllable?
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Confused about vowel diagram (Vowel chart)! Can you clarify & explain how to read it? [migrated]

Ok, here is the English vowel chart: I'm really confused, what do "front" "central", "back", "close(high)", "close-mid", "open-mid", "open (low)" mean? Ok, Here is what I understood, please ...
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Example pronounced as /iɡˈzampəl/ or /ˈekˈzampəl/? [duplicate]

In dictionaries https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/example https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/example ...
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LINKING: Suffix -ed to Consonants [duplicate]

I read this in American accent book. I quote the text exactly how it is written in the book: The suffix -ed is not pronounced precisely when it is linked to another consonant. For example, mailed ...
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Pronunciation Deleting /t/ Between Consonants [duplicate]

When I pronounce the phrase: "Look, it's the first day. I don't wanna be late." I think that the /t/ in the words "first" and "don't" can be deleted. Am I right? I'm talking about casual speech. ...
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Vowel variation of [ɒ]

Good evening. I heard in my English book the word holiday, which is usually noted /'hɒlɪdeɪ/ pronounced ['hɔ̝lɪdeɪ]. Is it frequent ?
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Pronunciation of words like thanks, land, and

This words are always written with æ but I always hear them pronounced like thenk, lend, end... I read that this pronunciation was and old-style, but I have hardly ever heard them pronounced -[ænd]. ...
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Pronunciation of one

I have the feeling that the word one is not always pronounced in all accents (but I cannot say which exactly) with the same vowel that cup or love. I believe that with accents where we pronounce cup ...
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Short i stressed and unstressed in English accents without weak merger

According to all English vowel chart, there is only one short i sound, so, it is the same sound in posItion and in rosEs, in the accents without the weak merger ? Thanks
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Rhotic accent in London or in the rest of the UK?

Good evening or good afternoon for the American. I read and it is known that most British accents are non-rhotic, but I’m now in London and I have the feeling that the Rs after vowels and before a ...
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Is it arrogant to speak with a British accent among people with an American accent if english is my second language? [closed]

My mother tongue is spanish and during the university almost all my english professors were from England, after several years studying English as a Second Language (ESL) I ended up with a strange (and ...
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Missing sound: final skt letters

I've noticed that many Americans in movies usually omit letter k when it falls between s and t sounds at the end of any word like in asked, tasked, Can we generalize that as a rule, so the word ...
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Slang word 'BEOCH' pronunciation

I managed to find on Internet the meaning of the word BEOCH which equals BITCH. But how is it pronounced left me wondering ! Could someone help me with, please .
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Pronunciation of the plural of the word 'trough'? [closed]

How do you pronounce troughs (the plural of trough)? /trɒfs/ or /trɒvs/?
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pronouncing t's as d's [duplicate]

Why do some people pronounce "cotton" as codden and "satin" as saddin and Russian leader "Putin" as pudin? These pronunciations are made even by professional news people on national television.
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Pronunciation of: I want a refund

I noticed in a TV show that the phrase "I want a refund" is pronounced like [I wanna refund]. I think the /t/ is dropped and /n/ is blended into the vowel. But how do Americans differentiate between ...
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Pronunciation rules [closed]

I was always wondering if there is a compact set of rules that helps readers enunciate English words. One of the reasons why I believe there are such rules is that there are some online dictionaries ...
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Pronouncing 'Going' in UK English

How to pronounce 'going' in UK english? As per phonetics 'go' is pronounced as 'go-v' So when we add 'ing' whether we have to pronounce it 'go-v-ing'or just 'going'?
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For word pronunciation that have 2 consonants standing next to each other and at the end, Do we have to fully aspirate both of them?

I am confused about this question for long time but no internet resource explains about this. Ok, when we have a consonant followed by an vowel in a pronunciation then for sure we have to fully ...
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unreleased final consonant sounds [closed]

in school I learned that unreleased final consonant sounds b,d,d,k,p,t my question is what does unreleased mean ? my 2 question He played well and ran fast . My teacher said the st in fast is ...
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How do i know if the word is step or glide in English [closed]

today I have a lesson in school about steps and glides and i didn't understand it. My first question what are steps and glides? My second question is how do i know if the sentence ends with steps or ...
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Linking: Sibilant with Other Sibilants (was + starting) [duplicate]

I read in an American Accent book that there is no break between sibilants adjoining each other between words. For example, this phrase: I was starting to worry. The words was + starting sound ...
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How do you pronounce serpentine? [closed]

I have hear serpentine pronounced sir-pen-tine and sir-pen-teen. Which is correct or more common?
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When to pronounce # for pound, sharp, hash or hashtag? [duplicate]

How to pronounce # in a proper way? Currently, I know it's used to pronounce "pound" in US English, "hash" in British English, "sharp" for C#--a programming language, and number sign to list items. ...
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Used is pronounced as /juːzd/ or /juːst/? [closed]

Different dictionary pronounces used differently. One as /juːst/ http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/used Other as /juːzd/ http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/used ...
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International Phonetic Alphabet: why are the symbols used for the letter “i” in “champion” and “billion” different?

If you have a look at the phonetic transcriptions (in IPA, International Phonetic Alphabet) of "champion" and "billion" you get a different symbol for the letter "i" (Cambridge Dictionaries Online, ...
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Why is 'sort of' pronounced /sɔːrdəv/ in AmE though /t/ is not between vowels?

Sort /sɔːrt/ of /əv/ Why is "sort of" pronounced /sɔːrdəv/ in American English even though /t/ is not between the two vowels /r/ & /ə/?
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Why people pronounce “penetrative” with two stresses? [closed]

One stress is on "pen". The other on "tra". This seems very unusual to me since I had the impression that most English words are supposed to be pronounced with one stress only.
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Why there is difference in pronunciation of words PUT and CUT? [closed]

I always wonder why the words Put and Cut are pronounced differently.
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Is it optional to voice the final letter and linking sound?

I am learning English and I like to observe how people say it. Most of time, I hear "but I" as "buttai", "out of" as "outtof" In this case, the T is pronounced. However, I also hear when people say ...
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Are there any words with a hard “C” preceeding an 'I' in words starting with “ci”?

Are there any English words that are pronounced with a hard "keh" sound as their first syllable, and begin with the two letters 'ci' in their spelling? I ask purely out of curiosity, since I was ...
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How do you look up what lexical set a word belongs to?

(I mean phonological lexical sets, if that wasn't clear.) How do you look up what lexical set a word is in? Is there any sort of open database anywhere? Like, say I have the LOT/CLOTH merger, and I ...
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One-but-love split

I am not a native speaker of English, so I couldn't find the answer by myself. Any help would be appreciated. I have the feeling that the sound written ʌ as in /bʌt/, /wʌn/ and /lʌv/, is pronounced ...