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Why “who is” sounds “whiz”?

Please elaborate, when we say "who is", why does it sound "whiz"? Also one more example I would like to include: why "visit us" sounds "visi-tas"?
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How do you properly pronounce 'mall'?

In America, it's pretty much universally pronounced "moll" but in the UK, I have heard a few different ways of pronouncing it: Mall (rhymes with pal) Maul (rhymes with ball and hence the American ...
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How would a native British speaker say “Betteredge”?

I am reading Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone, and a prominent character in the story has the name of Betteredge. My question is (since I like to imagine the dialogue in a British-English book as if ...
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What are some effective ways a foreign speaker can improve pronunciation in English? [closed]

How can a foreign speaker (where a "foreign speaker" speaks English as a second language) effectively improve their spoken English by improving their pronunciation and reducing their foreign accent. ...
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Reading out decimal numbers in English [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to write decimal values in words How do you read numbers like these? 0.12 "oh point twelve", "zero point one two", "zero and twelve hundreds" And these ones? ...
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How to pronounce the resolution 1280×800 in English?

How do I say "1280 × 800" in English? I'm not sure how to pronounce the "×" between the numbers. I'm talking about screen resolutions.
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How should you read proper nouns aloud in English?

When people don't know how to pronounce a word in English, they can look it up in the dictionary. However, lots of proper nouns usually can't be found, for example, English names. Here are my ...
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How should I pronounce 't' followed by 'the'?

This combination is really hard to me. This is an example: Knowing what to check is just the start to process. Can anyone help?
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Reason for ambiguous pronunciation [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do written English vowels differ from other Latin-based orthographies? I noticed that in English some words that have the same letters (except for the first), have a ...
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Pronunciation of “loch”

How does one pronounce loch? I understand this is a term borrowed from the Scots. Dictionaries are not very helpful with the last syllable. What is the closest English mapping of ch?
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English word list with pronunciation [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I obtain an English dictionary with structured data? Where can I find a digital English-language dictionary or word list containing pronunciation? I would ...
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How do you pronounce “fifths”?

I find it very difficult to pronounce the words fifths (as in four fifths or parallel fifths). The consonant cluster [fθs] is very difficult for me to utter. I know that in some cases the ...
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Pronunciation of “you're”

Dictionaries list the pronunciation of you're as jɔː(r) jə(r) jʊə(r) Which one is more common in British or American English?
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What is the intended pronunciation of “gist” (as in gist.github.com)? [closed]

Until today I've always heard it pronounced "jist" (similar to "just" or "gin"), but I just heard someone pronounce it with the same g-sound as "gold" or "give". What's the intended pronunciation?
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What is the correct pronunciation of “pizza”? [closed]

I have a friend who is constantly suggesting we eat "Pixa" for dinner. It grinds me every time she says "Pixa", so I am trying to make sure it is truly incorrect to pronounce the 'x' sound in this ...
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Does the 18th century contraction “on't” survive phonologically in English today?

The February 18th-24th edition of The Economist has an article titled "Neurons v free will" in which the author, Anthony Gottlieb begins by quoting Dr. Johnson's statement about free will: "Sir ...
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Why is the “ph” pronounced like a “v” in “Stephen”? Is this the only word like that?

While I know how my name is pronounced, I've run into many non-native english speakers who have stumbled over this unique exception to English. Even in the female name, "Stephanie", the ph is ...
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Why are there two pronunciations for “either”?

A few weeks ago, I had a conversation with an individual who told me that pronouncing the word "either" is wrong when pronounced like \ˈī-thər\ instead of \ˈē-thər\ , but I didn't argue the point ...
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English pronunciation of “charade” as in Pink Floyd song Pigs

I was recently listening to the Pink Floyd song "Pigs (Three different ones)" and a line in the chorus goes, Ha ha, charade you are! In the context of the song I am nearly sure that the word ...
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Pronouncing “vis-à-vis”?

When saying "vis-à-vis" in English, would you pronounce it veez-uh-veez before a word beginning with a vowel sound, as you would in French?
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Pronunciation of “undoable”

As this question points out, there are two different meanings of undoable. I can't find any phonetics how they are pronounced. I guess that the difference is barely audible. Or do you stress the word ...
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Pronunciation of 'educate'

In India, this word is quite frequently pronounced as e-JU-cate (with a J-sound). In the dictionaries I have referred to, the pronunciation is the predictable e-dyu-cate. Is the Indian pronunciation ...
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Is it right to call it “SEO” and how do you pronounce it? [closed]

Two questions: I couldn't find a source to decide whether to assume SEO an acronym or not. How should I pronounce it? SEO stands for "Search Engine Optimization" while it is the process of improving ...
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Mixing British and American spellings in writing [closed]

I like color more than colour, but I like favourite more than favorite. For me it is better to write My favourite color is blue. Is it wrong to mix British and American spellings in writing, and ...
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Different pronunciations of “she's” depending on the meaning

According to The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, the contraction she's may be pronounced both with a short [i] sound(as in pit) and a long [i:] sound(as in sheep) when it means she is, but it ...
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How to pronounce 'foci' and 'loci'? [closed]

What is the correct way to pronounce 'foci' and 'loci'?
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How would you express colons in speaking?

There are two colons in the following lines a radio personality is speaking. How does the speaker get his listeners to feel the existence of colons? Maybe intonation? or a shorter pause? (On the ...
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Why do some people pronounce 'a' as 'u'?

I often hear English people pronounce 'a' as 'u' when using words like 'rather' and 'bravo'. Why is this?
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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 ...