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How to pronounce long numbers?

2,060,700 in words. Which is correct. (A). Two million sixty thousand and seven hundred dollars OR (B). Two million sixty thousand seven hundred dollars ...
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Please explain the pronunciation of “indict.”

The word indict is not pronounced as it is spelled (big shocker in English, right?). It looks like it should be pronounced in-dikt, but it is pronounced in-dite. Why is it pronounced like this? Are ...
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Is there any rule for pronouncing words beginning with “re-”?

It’s hard for me to guess how to pronounce words beginning with re- correctly. Sometimes it is /rɛ/ as in reference, but sometimes it is /ri/ as in report. Is there any rule about this?
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Correct, clear, concise way to use “potato-potato” in writing

"You say tomato, I say tomato" and the song from the beginning. As an informal turn of speech, it can be used to show that two or more parties are talking about basically the same thing but not in ...
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What is the proper pronunciation for Kipling's character-name “Mowgli”?

Does the first syllable rhyme with “glow” or with “how”? It is no use appealing to the Hindi for “Little Frog” or anything else, since Kipling confessed to making ...
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Dictionary search engine by pronunciation [duplicate]

I'm looking for some word search engine that would allow me to search words by their pronunciation. For instance, I want a list of words beginning with "ge", but pronounced as in "get" and ignoring ...
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Which does English “l” and “r” sound come under, an allophone or different phonemes?

I was very much embarrassed when I was pointed out by ELU Senpai that I made a great mistake by misspelling ‘Mod election’ as ‘Mod erection’ during ELU chat. We Japanese often make a silly mistake of ...
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Is there any rules of the 'th' sound in phonological? [closed]

I know well, the tongue is exactly going to the teeth in between(upper&under) when sounded. Yet, my point is that Do I have to place the tongue at there all the time? For example, "Whats' the ...
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How to pronounce ‘TH’ when it comes right after [s] sound?

It's almost impossible to pronounce something like [sð] (e.g. ‘it's there’). I have heard a lot of natives pronouncing this conjunction, and every time it sounds a bit different for me, so I can't get ...
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Pronunciation of foreign words by foreign speakers

I've used English for a long time and it isn't immediately obvious to others that I'm native French. Whenever I speak a French word or place name in English I wonder whether I should pronounce it like ...
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Different prononunciations of “consummate”

How can one remember the pronunciations of consummate, which depend on its state as a verb or adjective? I venture that because its verbal definition involves intercourse, thus the "mate" rhymes with ...
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“What” pronounced as “wurt”

Is there any particular American dialect that does this? I have heard this kind of pronunciation on some American TV shows, mostly featuring teenage/college kids, and it appears more prevalent among ...
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Do English words have fixed pronunciation?

I'm not a native English speaker. I sometimes pronounce some English words by following the way I pronounce things in Mandarin. While Mandarin does have a fixed way to pronounce every word, I was ...
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What is the name of the pronunciation symbol /o/ with a dot over it?

What is the name of the pronunciation symbol /o/ with a dot over it? We know it is pronounced /aw/ but need to know what the name of the symbol is.
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When do I pronounce a non-existing “r” between adjacent vowel sounds?

If I say two words consecutively, with the first ending in a vowel sound and the second starting with one, when is it correct to include a non-existing r between those two words? Examples from ...
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Pronunciation 'heroin' vs. 'heroine' [closed]

Is there a difference in how you pronounce the drug and the female hero? Like, for instance, if I see a movie with a great actress and I want to say to my friend That was the best heroine I have ...
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Is there any dictionary to look up for words that have similar vowel pronunciation?

I would like to make smooth-sounding sentences and slogans, so it is important to me to find words with similar pronunciations. Is there any dictionary that can help me find words like that?
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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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How to pronounce “aa” vowel pair?

The word in question is "thraal", a species from the Dr. Who universe (http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Thraal) and coincidentally also a species from the Transformers universe ...
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Is there a regional preference for accenting the first syllable in “finance” vs. the second syllable?

I accent the first syllable in "finance", but I have a colleague who accents the second syllable. The debate in my office (which is strictly American) now falls between people who say accenting the ...
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Do the words with non-palatalized pronunciation of g/c (“get”, “give”) always have a Germanic origin?

In English, ge/gi is sometimes pronounced as [ge]/[gi], but mostly as [dʒe]/[dʒi]. The second form is explained as palatalization in the topic What is the origin of the different pronunciations of C ...
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Why do the first and last “t” in “taste” sound different?

When I listened to the audio pronunciation of "taste" /teɪst/, I noticed that the first and last "t" sound different: the first "t" sounds like [tʰ] while the second one sounds more like [tsʰ]. Words ...
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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 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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the and thee (I prefer to pronounce it as thuh all the time) [closed]

My question is can I always pronounce THE with thuh instead of thee? Because unlike "a" "an" rule, pronouncing "thee" seems cumbersome for some people (including me) Note that I know the "emphasis" ...
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Is there a phonetic difference between the final vowel sounds of “butter” and “action” in Australian English?

The Macquarie Dictionary lists the following pronunciations: butter /ˈbʌtə/, apart /əˈpaːt/ & action /ˈækʃən/. Wiktionary lists them as butter /ˈbʌ.tə/ (RP), apart /əˈpɑː(ɹ)t/ (RP) & action ...
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Are there any words pronounced with an unstressed short monophthong at the end of word that are not /ə/?

Following my question Are there any words in English pronounced with /e/ at the end? I was wondering if there are any words pronounced with an unstressed short monophthong at the end of word that are ...
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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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What's the Correct Pronunciation of g and t here? [closed]

Do English speakers pronounce the character (g) in (verb+ing) like "working"? and What is the correct pronunciation of the letter (t) at the end of words like (doubt)?
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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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Connexion pronunciation & verb

Connexion is the original and variant spelling of "connection", common until at least the 19th century, and still occasionally used in British English (it was the house style of The Times of London ...
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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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/i/ sound before ng and nk

I'm a substitute teacher and recently was teaching a kindergarten class about long i sound. They were crossing out words without long i, circling words with long i. One of the words was ink. I told ...
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Pronunciation of “SUS” in “Stainless Steel SUS 304”

How do engineers and the like who are native speakers of English pronounce “SUS” (stainless steel)? Like the verb “suss”? Like “SOS” (mayday) but with “U”?
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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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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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How common is pronouncing the past tense of beat as /bet/?

Personally, I pronounce the past tense of "beat" (to win at a game) as /biːt/, to sound identical to the infinitive. However, I have heard a few people under the age of 30 and from either the west or ...
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Are there any words in English pronounced with /eː/ which aren't spelt with a following “r”?

In Australian English (non-rhotic) the word "air" is pronounced /eː/, in Canadian English (rhotic) it is pronounced /ɛɹ/ and most other dialects pronounce it as somewhere between those two. All the ...
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Are there any words in English pronounced with /e/ at the end?

In first-language English pronunciation (Australian, British, American, etc., not Indian, Malaysian, etc.) are there any words with the /e/ (or /ɛ/) sound in "bed" /bed/ at the end of a word? As a ...
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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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Exercises for pronouncing the r

I'm a dutch programmer working in a international team where English is the main language. In my native language I have pretty decent articulation. However, when speaking English I have a lot of ...
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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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How to pronounce letter “e” in new invented brand names? (in fictional words) [duplicate]

Ok guys, let's imagine that I'm creator of names of legal entities. So, if the name of the next organisation is fully new (the words don't use ever before), then how can I understand what sounds it's ...
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How would you say (write) “Where are you going?” in a Yorkshire dialect?

I think that this might be close to: Wɪər ðæ gɔːwɪn? This would roughly be Wi-er tha gaw-in? In this example, the first word would be the two words where and are put together Wɪər, but somewhere in my ...