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How to pronounce vowels when spelling out a word [closed]

As vowels have various pronunciation in English, when spelling out a word (for example: A93B4J), should I use a word that starts by the vowel in the same (don't know how to name this, long or short ...
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How to pronounce “often” [duplicate]

At the website where people pronounce words from their languages the page for the word "often" gives 15 accounts. 13 people pronounced it with silent -t- ("ofen"), and only 2—with strong -t- ...
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How to pronounce “I'm gonna” [closed]

I often hear "I'm gonna". but sometimes I hear "I'm ona" pronounced by a native speaker as "I'm gonna". Dose it make sense?
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Differentiate between past and present just by pronunciation when word is followed by d- or similiar sound

How can we distinguish, for example, these two sentences just by listening to the pronunciation? They first kill the trees. They first killed the trees. When pronouncing kill the trees, ...
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Why does the pronunciation of the word “wife” [waif] change in the word “midwifery” [ˈmɪdˌwɪfərɪ]?

I recently found out that the word wife is pronounced differently in the following examples: wife [waif] / midwife [midwaif] / but midwifery [ˈmɪdˌwɪfərɪ] This appears to be another inconsistency ...
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English pronuciation of proper Roman names

What are the correct English pronunciations of (Roman emperor) names such as Theodosius, Anastasius, Decius, Leontius, Gratian, Marcian... I am having difficulties with -tiu vs. -siu, -tia vs. -cia. ...
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Pronunciation of 'desktop' [closed]

Could it be that the 'k' in 'desktop' goes often unpronounced? Listen to this example. Although the phonetic transcription clearly shows a k to be pronounced, it is not audible at all in the sound ...
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Pronunciation of 'Commentary'

I hear sometimes a longer version (reading fully the ending '-tary), and other times a version as if ending in '-try'. Why is that? Are these choices a matter of dialect? What other examples can be ...
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Pronunciation of 'preface'. Why so?

As one pronounces 'pre' and 'face' as is done for these as individual words, how come when they form the word 'preface' the pronunciation is so different?
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What is the correct pronunciation of the name Ceri?

Is it incorrect to pronounce the name Ceri — which is of Welsh origin I think — as seri instead of keri?
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Are the different pronunciations of “species” regional differences?

As far as I know, the word "species" can pronounced either as spee-sheez or as spee-seez. I understand that neither of these is incorrect: they're just two different ways to say the same thing. I also ...
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Distinguishing /f–t–θ/ in th-fronting and th-stopping dialects

In standard English, the digraph th is a dental fricative [θ, ð]. Several dialects feature th-fronting, where th becomes a labiodental fricative [f, v]; others feature th-stopping, where th becomes a ...
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Correct pronunciation of the word “Mature”? [closed]

I need to know the correct pronunciation of the word "mature". Is it məˈtʃʊr, məˈtjʊə(r) or məˈtʊr? And which one is mostly used, across the globe.
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pronunciation US-UK in words like semi

I am trying to find a document that explains pronunciation differences en /E/ and /I/ sounds between UK and US styles. I think US pronunciation does a lot /'sɛmay/ than UK /'sɛmi/. Where can I find an ...
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Elision in the pronunciation of “probably”

A student of mine has pointed out that in casual speech, my tendency is to pronounce the word "probably" as something like prah-lee. I am a native speaker of American English without a specific ...
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Pronunciation of “again”

What is the Standard British English1 pronunciation of "again"? I looked in Wiktionary and it gives two UK pronunciations, /əˈɡeɪn/, and /əˈɡɛn/. 1 I mean Standard British English as in the tag ...
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What is the pronunciation of the 'a' in aqueous?

My teacher pronounces aqueous as "ay-kwee-ous", and as a result that's what my class has learnt. However, I've become aware through several pronunciation guides (including Howjsay.com and a ...
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Can “pussy” be pronounced with /ʌ/ (uh)?

My friend insists it can be. Here is a video he provides as a proof (watch it cautiously, brain damage is possible). Is this nonsense or not? Maybe it is a local phenomenon? Or just a speech defect?
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Is there a word that means “over-enunciate the k sound”?

I am trying to say the word week but focus on the k sound at the end and really emphasize it. I tend to do this naturally in my everyday speech. It kinda sounds like an odd throat sound when I do it. ...
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Pronunciation of “Oceania” in British English

How is Oceania properly pronounced in British English? Is it /ˌəʊʃɪˈɑːnɪə/, or /ˌəʊʃɪˈɑːnə/? I know a lot of people who use the latter, but I have always been taught the former.
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Why are we supposed to say the “a” as an “e” in “any” and “many”?

I speak Australian English, but I seem to pronounce the words many and anything differently from how the vast majority of people here do so. I pronounce it using an a sound rather than an e sound ...
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Name, Conditions, and Pluralization of “Conscience' sake”

In some versions of the Bible, 1 Cor. 10:25 contains the phrase conscience' sake with no s following the possessive apostrophe of conscience, which does not end with s, as in: New American ...
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Why do I not hear /k/ in sanctuary?

sanctuary (Oxford) /ˈsæŋktʃuəri ; ˈsæŋktʃueri/ It is /k/ that I don’t hear in the website’s pronunciation. Do they drop /k/ under some pronunciation rule? - it happens that /ŋ/ and /k/ all are ...
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Do people with a lisp write in the same way they pronounce?

Just curious to know whether people having a lisp (speech defect) write in the same way as they pronounce the word. For example they pronounce s as /θ/ and z as /θ/. So, do they write 's' as 'th' like ...
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Why is “does” sometimes pronounced “is”? [duplicate]

I'm watching a movie at the moment and I came across something that I've always found strange in the English language. In some questions, mostly something like "What does he look like?", the does is ...
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Palatalization of the initial “s” in words starting with “st-”

Sometimes I hear native speakers pronounce the s at the beginning of a word as [ʃ]. For example, straight as [ʃtreɪt], or struggle as [ʃtrʌɡl]. It sounds like German words. Is it a certain English ...
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How to pronounce the final “s” in plural nouns

Could you please help find which word below is pronounced differently from the rest with regard to the final s? caves marks exams days I choose number 2, marks.
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how do we read this sentence '50X better software quality'

I am browsing a website. There is one sentence: 50x better software quality here x should mean times, but I don't know how to read it. Can someone explain it to me?
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't' pronounced as 'ch'

In some words, the pronunciation of t is actually closer to ch, as in fortune. Is this is a recognized phenomenon in English pronunciation? Does it have a name? What other prominent examples can be ...
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What’s the word for the habit of writing “play’d” or “revolv’d”?

I’m working on an 18th-century manuscript, and I’m trying to explain to others the use of ’d in past tense verbs. Is there a word that encompasses the usage of ’d in early 18th-century manuscripts? ...
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Character vs Charm - Pronunciation

Is there a rule to understand how the group "Cha" has to be pronounced? "Character" sounds with a hard first syllable, while "Charm" sound softer, but I don't find how to tell which sound to use ...
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How to pronounce '-ing' followed by a vowel

I'm getting into English recently and I'm a little confused by the way people pronounce a word that starts in a vowel right after a word ending in -ing. For example: You have to bring it up now? ...
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American Pronunciation of words in England and vice versa

I realise this maybe a touchy subject for some of the members on here but i have found that a lot of people in Britain have taken to Americanising the pronunciation of words. I was wondering if this ...
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Cellar door and Indo-European languages [closed]

Where I grew up (UK) there was a pub called The Drysalters. I always liked this name without having any idea what a drysalter was, or having any association or emotional connection to the pub itself. ...
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“nt” pronounced as “n” in American English (as in “Internet”): what is it called?

I know that pronouncing "t" as "d" is called a flap t, but is there a name for pronouncing "nt" as "n" in some words, as is common in American English? Examples: "Internet" is pronounced as "inner ...
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English phonetics References [duplicate]

What are some great references on English pronunciation practices? The book The Big Book of Beastly Mispronunciations was mentioned in an answer on this site. Is it considered authoritative? What ...
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How should one pronounce “Brichester”?

I know that there is this issue where Worcestershire and Leicester are pronounced as "Wustersher" and "Lester", so I wonder how Brichester is pronounced. Also, is there any special rule which could ...
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th followed by an s sound [duplicate]

What is the correct way to pronounce such complicated combination of sounds when not pausing for breath? As an example, how would one pronounce something like "The Eighteenth century"?
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How to guess the pronunciation of some inconsistencies in English?

I’m not a native English speaker, and I have a lot of problems when is comes to pronouncing words like archive, archon, zealot, heal, health. Why is the ch sometime pronounced like a k? Why is the ...
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How to Pronounce “Deictic”

I'm going to be talking about demonstrative pronouns, and I need to say "deictic" aloud. Looking at several dictionaries, I have three options for pronouncing the word: (1) 'dīk-tik (IPA: [ˈdaɪktɪk]), ...
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How to pronounce “Zoubin Ghahramani”? [closed]

Zoubin Ghahramani is a computer scientist and statistician. I tried Google translate but it sound a little weird. Does anyone know the pronunciation of his name? Is it from another language other than ...
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Should I answer the phone with “Mr. Beltz’s office” or “Mr. Beltz’ office”?

How would you pronounce the following when answering a phone for a boss whose last name is Beltz? Some people are saying Mr. Beltz’s office, pronouncing the extra s, and someone else thinks you should ...
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What is the term for a shortened word that is pronounced based on phantom letters?

I'm only posting out of curiosity. But recently I've begun to wonder what you would call a shortening of a word that only sounds correct when spoken, and the pronunciation cannot be inferred from its ...
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pronunciation for consecutive /d/ and /ð/

Mr. Barnett has slammed the figure as outrageous. (Aussie ABC News) /d/ and /ð/ are made at different places, we don’t drop any one of them when pronouncing, like the news anchor, do we?
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What is the pronunciation of “liceity”?

"Liceity", meaning lawfulness or legitimacy, is a word that seems only to be used to describe certain religious actions from the Roman Catholic point of view. The word is not present in any major ...
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Why is “sew” pronounced as “so”?

Why is sew (/səʊ/ or /sō/) pronounced similar to so rather than to few or sue? Looking at its etymology, Old English siwian "to stitch," earlier siowian, from Proto-Germanic *siwjanan (cf. Old ...
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What's the correct pronunciation of “Israel”?

From Google I have gathered there are several ways for pronounce Israel, I have pronounced it is-rye-el. From googling it some seem to indicate it acceptable and another says it is vulgar and should ...
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How to pronounce “sheet” properly? [duplicate]

How to pronounce sheet to minimize the risk of confusion with shit? Usually what one means is clear from the context, but it'd still be very awkward if it accidentally sounds like shit.
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Can an acronym be pronounced as a construction of letters and words?

I've found this question Pronouncing acronyms in which people discuss how to pronounce acronyms, and they can be pronounced either as single letters or as a single word. However I would like to know ...
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Pronunciation Of Volkswagen and Vento [closed]

Why is "Volkswagen" pronounced as "Folks-Vagen" but "Vento" as "Vento" ? The question came to my mind as both of these are used combined as a name of a German Car and they say that Germans pronounce ...