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Pronouncing the letter v in words like village, advantage,

I have heard at so many occasions, especially in Germany, that people - frequently including secondary school teachers and students - pronounce words containing the letter v as if the letter were a w, ...
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Pronunciation of “jsfiddle”

English isn't my native language. I don't trust my pronunciation too much. I don't know how to pronounce the domain name jsfiddle.net. There isn't any video about jsfiddle, so I can't learn the ...
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How to pronounce “worried”?

I have no idea whatsoever about IPA, so I apologise now for any ambiguity or difficult-to-understand-ness in this question. Me and a friend both disagree on the correct pronunciation of "worried". I ...
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Pronunciation of “Short-lived”

What is the correct way of pronouncing the i in "short-lived"? Particularly, I'm looking for whether it's a short or long sound for this vowel. I've heard it both ways.
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How to pronounce “tuple”?

A recent question has reminded me of something I’ve been wondering about for a while: what is the correct way to pronounce tuple?
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First or second syllable accent for “detail”?

I used to pronounce 'detail' as ['di:teil] with accent on the first syllable. However, these days I hear people (and on the radio) say [di'teil] with accent on the second syllable. Is my pronunciation ...
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The pronunciation of “was” has changed since the Seventeenth Century. When and why did it change"?

In Chaucer and John Donne "was" is pronounced like "wahss" but nowadays we say "woz". When did the change occur? and why?
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Pronunciation of “zounds?”

I came across the sentence "Fortunately their are a variety of different offerings out there with zounds of features." Disregarding the misuse of "zounds," how would Elizabeth I have pronounced the ...
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Pronunciation of Jesus' feet [duplicate]

Can someone help me to clarify this. Is the word Jesus' feet pronounced as "Jesuses feet" or simply "Jesus feet"? I read up some articles and most of them said both versions are correct. However, ...
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How to make schwa sound?

I'm not a native English speaker, and my language doesn't have the SCHWA sound. It would be so helpful if there are any tips to make the sound. Thanks,
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Which English words place the tip of the tongue between teeth? [closed]

Which English words place the tip of the tongue between teeth? For example: other and that
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Pledge (pledʒ) pronunciation [closed]

I'm wondering if 'pledge' could be or is somewhere in the nowadays English world pronounced as 'plidʒ'. As I found (though seems not to be very reliable as it is only one source) pledge had the ...
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Pronunciation of subreddit names

I'm unsure of how to pronounce subreddit names in casual conversation without preface. I read /r/funny mentally as "R funny", but this doesn't always work in conversation, especially with acronym ...
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Synonym of many, multitude, etc., but starting with ph- [closed]

I have been working on my tongue, but not able to get it. The word means many, multiple, multitude and so on. The closest that my brain can think is something rhyming with "phelanthra". A phrase ...
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How to read aloud a sentence like 'In the year 18.. they decided to move to Bricktown'

How to read aloud a sentence like 'In the year 18.. they decided to move to Bricktown'? Such sentences are common especially in Victorian literature. My only option is 'eighteen and something' but I ...
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How to pronounce R² [duplicate]

How do I pronounce R² as seen in chemistry formulas or maths? I can pronounce it as "R-square" but what other word is there for "square"?
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Why is 'adjectival' pronounced with [ɑi] in the third syllable rather than [ɪ]?

Recently I asserted that the third syllable in 'adjectival' is different from the same syllable in 'adjective'. I was asked why that is, and all I could do was mutter something about the addition of ...
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Pronunciation of council/counsellor

I have heard sometimes the [æ] vowel in either concil [kaʊnsl/kounsəl] or counsellor [kaʊnsələ(r)/kouns(ə)lər], as in this British pronunciation of counsellor. It sounds rather like cat [kæt] than cow ...
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How do you pronounce “grimace”? [closed]

How do you pronounce grimace? My parents taught me a long time ago to say "gri-MACE". Then the Burger King character Gri... came along.
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Are the words “whine” and “wine” pronounced the same?

These two words sound exactly the same to me. Are we assuming the "h" in "whine" is silent?
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Are the words “merry”, “marry” and “Mary” pronounced the same? [duplicate]

These three words sound exactly alike to me. Example: "The merry man married Mary!" Is there a different pronunciation between these three words? Does having an accent change the pronunciation? Is ...
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How to pronounce “arch” in Linuxese?

Tech stands for technique or technology. But how should one pronounce tech? Is it as /tɛk/ as in technical or /tɛtʃ/ as in tetchy? Similarly, arch stands for architect or architecture. How do you ...
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about the word data [duplicate]

I though it was British vs. American but watching Star Trek I've noticed the same character using two different pronunciations. Then I noticed other characters doing the same. Is there any rule for ...
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What's the status of voiceless “t” in AmE?

The theory has it that in the US people tend to voice intervocalic "T" like in writer sounding more or less like rider. My question is - how do Americans perceive voiceless pronunciation? (Not only in ...
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Can organisations personally determine pronunciation of their own brand name?

In fact, question from the title. Are there any traditions, customs about stressed syllables of brands? The problem is - many of brands contained fictional words, which, of course, have not been ...
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What is the pronunciation of “the”?

I read that the definite article is pronounced differently depending on the word that follows it. Which is the exact pronunciation of the?
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Correct pronunciation of “the” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Is pronouncing “The” as in “Thee” still correct in titles? What is the pronunciation of “the?” What would be the correct way to ...
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Why are many TV personalities beginning to pronounce “daughter” as “dotter”?

I have noticed the changing of proununciations of words with -au and -aw by TV presenters which is spilling over into everyday speech. For example “dotter” for daughter, “otto” for auto, “jah” for jaw,...
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Foreign name usage in conversation [duplicate]

I’m English and confused. Is jalapeno spoken with the sound ‘jal’ or ‘hal’? ‘Hal’ is how Spanish people pronounce it, but I’m English. If the answer’s ‘hal’, do I say I’m going to ‘Paree’ instead of ...
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How to pronounce “gemænscipe”?

I'm not sure if Old English counts here, but I can't find the answer to this anywhere. How would one pronounce gemænscipe? I believe it's Old English for "community".
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Pronunciation of “especially”

In some podcasts (it seems the speaker was from California) I heard that the word "especially" was pronounced with "ks" sound like "ikspeshally". What was it likely to be, personal way of ...
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How do you pronounce the surname Derges [closed]

How do you pronounce the english surname of a famous artist-Derges
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How do you pronounce “read receipt”? [closed]

Is it past tense (/rɛd/) or present tense (/rid/)? I can imagine rationale for either choice. Past tense because it's an acknowledgment that the message has been read, or present tense because it's ...
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How to pronounce “AKA”?

How do you pronounce the acronym AKA (also known as)?
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Pronunciation of street/road/avenue/etc. names

About three decades ago I read a book on English usage that was already quite old at the time—I think it was a 1940s book—which pointed out a pronunciational habit that I hadn't noticed before. The ...
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Rule to pronounce words ending with “age”

Is there a rule to pronounce words ending with "age" ? ex : usage , outage => normal pronunciation of word "age" ex : sabotage , mirage => seems to be french pronunciation of "age"
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Pronunciation of 'smoothed'

The -ed suffix for the past form of verbs is pronounced /-d/ after a voiced sound (e.g.: allowed: /əˈlaʊd/), /-t/ after a voiceless one and (e.g.: walked: /wɔːkt/) and /-ɪd/ after /t/ and /d/ (e.g.: ...
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Pronunciations of different accent [closed]

Would it be possible for me to to listen different pronunciations in english. Regards, Aboli
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Why is “agnostic” pronounced “ag-gnostic” as opposed to “a-gnostic”?

Gnosticism, for example, is obviously not pronounced with a hard g. As far as I know the modern English use of agnostic is said to have originated with Thomas Huxley, who surely would have been aware ...
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Pronunciation of “comparable”

I was talking to my boyfriend about this but I wanted to get some more opinions. "Comparable" can be pronounced as: COMP-er-uh-bul (which is how I usually pronounce it) Com-PAIR-ah-bul (which ...
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How to pronounce number, say 1024, in programming world? [closed]

This is a 1024-byte length string. How to pronounce the sentence above? This is a one-thousand-and-twenty-four byte length string. or This is a one-oh-two-four byte length string.
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Pronunciation of CH [duplicate]

Why is ch pronounced as "Q", as in choir, and are there any other instances where ch is used as the letter "Q"?
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Why isn't the tonic syllable in “varies” not the same as in “variety”?

I've always pronounced "varies" as /veəˈrɪz/ but recently heard someone say /ˈveərɪz/ in a video. I'm brazilian, so that causes me some confusion as I'm not used to speaking English on a daily basis. ...
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How to pronounce “users' email”? [closed]

Minutes ago, I was reading an article "Yahoo, Google and Apple also claim rights to read user emails". As usual I was reading it out loud, and I was stuck at "Following the revelation that Microsoft ...
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How do we differentiate long vowels from short vowels in English

I was finding a school for my toddler. I saw this new theory called long vowels and short vowels The teacher talk about apple, which she read something like "eiple" and the hat, which she claims use ...
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Why not pronounce single characters the same way as they are pronounced in words? [duplicate]

We pronounce most of the characters as if they were words and not characters. For example,"C" is pronounced as "See" but when used in a word, we pronounce it as "K". This is the same case with other ...
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In IPA, what is the difference between ə and ʌ?

In all the examples I've seen they seem to be the same sound. Examples of ə: a in about a in comma Examples of ʌ: u in run o in won I am trying to decipher the difference between these sounds ...
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Is 'read' the only word that has the same conjugation with different pronunciation?

The past and present tenses of "read" are spelt the same but have different pronunciation. This question is related to the post Why are the past and present tenses of "read" spelt the same?.
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How can I practice pronouncing “Coke” so it is not mistaken for another word?

I always fear my conversation sounds like this: — What would you like to drink, sir? — I will take some cock, thanks. — ROFL. Any tips on how to pronounce Coke so it is not mistaken for ...