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How exactly to pronounce 'alphabetical' and 'pharmaceutical' in American English [closed]

How does one pronounce 'alphabetical' and 'pharmaceutical' in American English? Is it phar•ma•ceu•di•cal or phar•ma•ceu•i•cal? And is it al•pha•bet•di•cal or al•pha•bet•i•cal? Do you pronounce 'ti' ...
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How to pronounce “s” at end of word when next word starts with “s”

How do we pronounce "s" at the end of the word when the next word also starts with "s"? For example, She has some apples: Do we need to add "s" after has and before some like "she has s some ...
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What's the correct way for pronouncing “route” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct pronunciation of the word “route”? I always thought that the word route should be pronounced as ru:t (my english dictionary also says ...
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How to describe the sound of the English language as spoken by someone with Asperger's Syndrome? [closed]

I've heard many people say that individuals with Asperger's Syndrome seem to have a distinctive way of speaking the English language. I've heard descriptions such as "The cadence of the words is ...
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Pronunciation of “accept” [closed]

When I hear people say I accept especially in the U.S., it sounds like they are saying "I except". What is the correct pronunciation?
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How do you pronounce PIPEDA?

I'm wondering how to pronounce the acronym for Canada's Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. PIP eh duh? pie PEED uh? other?
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Why is Tesco often pronounced Tesco's? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Store names & possessive “Ear doctor's” vs “Ear doctor” I have often heard members of the British public pronounce the name of the ...
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Where is the stress in the word “commenting”?

Where is the stress placed in the word commenting? Is it on the first or the second syllable? How do you pronounce it?
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How do you pronounce “but”?

In which context do you use the stressed bʌt and when do you use the unstressed bət? How often is that? If you know about the website www.forvo.com, I think it's a shortcoming that speakers use only ...
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Pronunciation of “xenophobia,” “xenon,” and “Xena” [closed]

I've heard all of the above words with X as zeh. Is that an American English thing? What's the correct way to pronounce each word?
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Website giving pronunciations of English words recorded in different dialects?

I'm aware that there are certain websites around that provide recorded examples of English words pronounced in different accents/dialects. Could anybody list some of them?
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What is the pronunciation for the word 'pluriharmonic'?

Maybe this problem is a bit too trivial for some people. I could not find any dictionary giving me a pronunciaiton for the word 'pluriharmonic'. Google does not work, either. Will someone be kind ...
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How much can we trust text-to-speech pronunciation of names? [closed]

Text-to-speech software are applications which try to generate a sound based on a textual input by following linguistic rules of a language (mainly phonetics and phonology). They make a sound for ...
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What dialect is this man speaking?

Ignoring the linguistically incorrect and wrong-headed things said in this video, the more puzzling problem: I have no idea what dialect or type of English the man in the video is speaking. I have ...
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Is there a rule for the pronunciation of words with the suffix -ative?

I have observed that there are, at least, two patterns of pronunciation for words ending in -ative: The first syllable is stressed and the suffix is pronounced as /eɪtɪv/ (e.g. qualitative) The ...
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Different pronunciation of /iks/ in “excuse” and “sixteen”

Excuse is pronounced as /ɪkˈskjuːz/ while sixteen is pronounced as /sɪksˈtiːn/. You see a ' in the middle of k and s in excuse while ' is after both k and s in sixteen. Why?
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Pronunciation of “applicable”

Do you pronounce the word like... Ap-PLIC-a-ble Or: APP-lic-a-ble And if so, is there a difference between the two?
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Pronunciation of “status”, “bomb”, “database” and “Wednesday” [closed]

How are the following words pronounced? I always get confused on pronunciation. I put the pronunciation I think is correct next to the words: Status - (Stat-us with Stat rhyming with mat) Bomb - Is ...
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Why is “margarine” pronounced with a soft “g”?

As far as I know, margarine is the only word in which a 'g' is pronounced as 'j' though it is not followed by 'e', 'i', or 'y'. What causes the unorthodox pronunciation?
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What're websites I can search/request native speaker to speak some word? [closed]

I want to know good website that I can search or request native speaker to speak some word. I usually use Merriam-Webster but it has only once sound.
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How do you pronounce 'Pall Mall'? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is The Mall (Westminster, London) pronounced like mawl? A few friends and I are playing Monopoly and are having an argument over how to pronounce the property 'Pall ...
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Why is the “s” in “island” not pronounced? [closed]

Island is pronounced as 'aɪlənd and I can't help thinking about why the "s" is not pronounced. Is there a special list of words in English where "s" sound is omitted, or is this a special case just ...
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Reading out numbers in English

What are the accepted guidelines for reading out numbers in English? For example, should 1351 be read out as "one thousand and three hundred and fifty one", or should the "and"s be removed ...
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Pronunciation of “have” in “I don't have to” [do something]

Normally when I say "I don't have to do that" (meaning I'm not obliged to), I find that as well as putting heavy stress on the word "have", I pronounce if haff. Is this common? If so, why does the ...
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Softened pronunciation of consonants, such as “t” or “s” followed by “y”

I noticed a certain softening of consonants in certain words/consecutive words and I haven't been able to find any resource on this matter yet. Some examples: letter "t" is not sharp at all, it ...
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Dictionary program/website that has IPA+recording for as many words as possible

I usually use Wiktionary as my English dictionary. The main things that I'm interested in are (1) IPA transcriptions and (2) voice recordings of each word. The problem is that Wiktionary doesn't have ...
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How to distinguish the pronunciation of “year” and “ear”?

Can people easily distinguish the difference between the sounds of |O| and |WO|, as well as |U| and |WU|? By no means have I been able to figure them out, for all of my life. To my surprise, many ...
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How do you pronounce 'ate' in American and British English? [closed]

How do you pronounce 'ate' in American and British English? I cannot find it...
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Origin and pronunciation of “Thawte”

Working in the IT industry I often have to use the word Thawte - the name of a company and its certificates. What is the origin of this word and its correct pronunciation? Does it have its own meaning ...
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How do you pronounce “cURL,” the computer utility? [closed]

Are there programmers here? I'd like to know how you guys pronounce cURL. Because I don't live in a country that uses English, I haven't heard it yet.
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Reference for oral expression of mathematics [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to speak mathematics I am a narrator and have been asked to read several technical papers which have mathematics expressions in them. Is there a reference to help me ...
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Why is “albeit” pronounced the way it is?

I've previously (and am now embarrassed because of this) pronounced this word "ahl-bite" and now realize it is pronounced "ahl-bee-it." Why is it pronounced like this, and not the way I previously ...
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How do I say “WWI” out loud?

I know it's written WWI, but when I am speaking should I say "World War One" or "World War First" or "First World War"?
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First syllable of “gravity”

Is "gravity" pronounced /'græ.vɪ.ti/ or /'græv.ɪ.ti/? I had always assumed that it was the former, but the latter is shown in most dictionaries. Is there variation between accents?
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What is the most common pronunciation of “Sandra” in British English?

When I meet someone called "Sandra" I never know whether to pronounce their name "Sand-ra" or "Sahn-dra". I'm guessing it used to be "Sahn-dra" but with the influence of Sandra Bullock more people now ...
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Pronunciation difference between “collar” and “color”

What is the pronunciation difference between collar and color? Can a native speaker tell them apart?
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How to pronounce “E = mc²”

How do we pronounce E = mc²? This is a physics equation.
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“ng” in “wrong of me” pronounced [ŋɡ]

"ng" is pronounced normally [ŋ], but for some people it becomes [ng] when followed by a vowel. What's the phonological rule about this? Is it a common feature of all dialects of English?
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How to pronounce New Orleans

I presume this must be an exception to "pronounce it like the locals", since what I hear is something like 'Norlin'. Or is this just the movies? Is it a mistake to attempt to pronounce it like a ...
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What’s the usage of apostrophes in “ ‘Bye, ‘bye ”?

I’d like to know what effect an apostrophe has which is before a word and doesn’t work as an omitter. (Not like C’mon or ‘Course, but like ‘bye, ‘bye.) I have three questions as follows, but any ...
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How can I break English L2 pronunciation habits? [closed]

I keep making attempts to help L2 English learners break their strange pronunciation habits with tools like phonetic charts, but it seems like they just relapse. One of the big issues I deal with with ...
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How can I determine the proper stressing of words?

I am working on a sonnet. This pretty much mandates the use of iambic pentameter and therefore requires that I have a good grip on emphasis. However, I'm not exactly sure how to properly research ...
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How to pronounce “Holly” [closed]

I've heard 2 ways to say it. The first one is "Holy", another one is [ˋhɑli], which is right?
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The pronunciation of 'interest', which is right? [closed]

I don't know which is right? interest ['intrist, 'intər-] which is right?
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Send, sent; end, *ent?

The past tense of a number of verbs changes from -end to -ent: bend → bent lend → lent rend → rent send → sent spend → spent wend → went However, most do not, notably end. Granted, I say “I ent ...
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How to pronounce English names quickly and correctly [closed]

How can you pronounce a name quickly and correctly? They may or may not conform to regular patterns. Currently I'm using "online website" to do the speaking each time. Are there any shortcuts that I ...
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Is it appropriate for me to pronounce words ending in “ths” (e.g. “paths”) with a “z” sound at the end?

It feels natural for me to pronounce words like "paths" with a slight "z" sound at the end. Others close to me do not. What sort of accent am I mimicking? Or, am I making up my own accent?
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Correct way to say “km^2”

How do we say km2 in words? Do we use km exponent by two, square kilometer, kilometer squared or something else?
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What is the difference (in terms of usage and connotation) between “loath” and “loathe”?

I'm having difficulty in understanding the differences in usage (and understanding which one is used from pronunciation/context) between "loathe" and "loath" - could anyone help clarify it ?
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Why do “able” and “haste” have long a's?

(There are others, such as table, paste, and baste.) The rule I've heard is that a vowel is made long when succeeded by a consonant and then another vowel. Some words treat double consonants as a ...