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'Travel' - Place of articulation of /t/

What is a place of articulation which best fits the initial consonant of the word: "travel." It looks like the first sound is /t/ therefore it should be alveolar, but in the Longman pronunciation ...
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Shakespeare's Scansion: the Sequel

Okay, so we seem to have established (with lots of great and generous help from StoneyB and Peter Shor) that: where it came to certain diphthongs, Shakespeare either elided syllables that didn't ...
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How does the intervocalic consonant work? Ex, L in /ˈdelɪgeɪt/ “delegate”, N in /ɪnənˈɪn.stənt/ “in an instant” [closed]

Ok, see this word "delegate" /ˈdelɪgeɪt/, the "L" is between "e" & "i". Other example "in an instant" /ɪnənˈɪn.stənt/, the "N" is between "ɪ" & "ə" Ok, now let talk about "intervocalic L". I ...
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Does the word “ball” have a “short a” sound?

Does the word ball have a short "a" sound, or is it there another definition for the vowel sound? It certainly sounds different from tap and cat.
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Can “L” sound be shared by its previous and next vowel? Ex: bellow “/ˈbel.ləʊ/”, color “/ˈkʌl.lər/”?

It seems that no one has brought this issue up. That is, when you search the IPA of words like "bellow" & "color" you will see "/ˈbeloʊ/" & "/ˈkʌlər/" respectively (Source1 & Source2) ...
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How to correct/improve 's-' pronunciation at the beginning of a sentence?

As a native Spanish speaker, I tend to mispronounce some letters or words in English. One of them is the 's' sound at the beginning of a word, for example, I pronounce: 'slang' as /eslaŋ/ instead of ...
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A tendency to use “a” in place of “an” in American English

I have noticed that a lot of native American speakers use the indefinite article "a" in front of words beginning with vowels, such as interesting, old, apple , etc. Is there any reasonable ...
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L in the middle of a word: dark l or light l?

I find it easy to pronounce words like full (/fʊl/, dark l) and light (/laɪt/, light l), but when the letter l appears in the middle of a word, things become tricky. I can hear different ...
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Aspiration in American English

I would like know which consonants are aspirated in American English and when? Also, when are they not aspirated?
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How to pronounce “CEEAUS”, “ICNALE”, etc.?

Are there rules for pronunciation of acronyms? There seems that acronyms are pronounced differently, for example, TESOL /ti-soul/, UCL /yu-ci-el/. Could I generalize a rule based on my limited ...
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When to reduce and when not to reduce a vowel ([ɪ] & [i])

Most of the time people reduce vowels in speech when these are not stressed, but sometimes these unstressed vowels are fully pronounced, too. For example, most people reduce the [ɪ] to schwa and say ...
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Why “house” /haʊs/, but “houses” /ˈhaʊzɪz/? “s” changes to “z”?

OK, "house" /haʊs/, but "houses" /ˈhaʊzɪz/ Source Why does "s" changes to "z"? I thought it should be /ˈhaʊsɪz/.
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American vs British: a “conspiracy” question [closed]

This question has NEVER been asked, never mind answered, here. Goodness. Lighten up, people. Again I must quote Shaw to illustrate a point or two before putting the question to you guys: The fact ...
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Root pronunciation change when adding suffix

Can someone provide the proper academic terms and explanations for why we pronounce the roots of the following words differently: sociopath vs. sociopathy telepath vs. telepathy ...
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Audio vs. Law [pronunciation]

I can hear a difference between the pronunciation of the /ɔ/ sound in words like "audio" and "law." In the former, the vowel in question sounds more like the /ä/ in "car" (other words containing this ...
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Why they pronounce 'Shehab', 'Shebab'? [closed]

My name, Shehab, is an Arabic word. Interesting, more than 10 white Americans and a black American have addressed me 'Shebab' (both in writing and verbally). Why is this particular mistake is so ...
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How to pronounce code?

Can someone tell me how to pronounce the word "code"? I am in Hong Kong, and people always pronounce it like "coke," but without the voiceless consonant "k". Is that correct?
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“a” or “an” ubiquitous? [duplicate]

I am unsure whether to use "a" or "an" in the following sentence: Video games have become a/an ubiquitous part of American culture. For me, saying the two sentences out loud makes "an" seem like the ...
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Pronunciation of “t” after “c” and before “l” (“act like”) [duplicate]

"Do you know why they act like that?" Do native speakers pronounce the "t" after the "c" and before the "l" in the sentence above? I'm under the impression that they don't do it and just say "ac like ...
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Which is the proper way; RBIs or RsBI? [duplicate]

Lately I have been listening to a local morning show, the sports analyst for this show, when referring to "Runs Batted In", always says (Rs - B - I) instead of (R - B - Is). I shudder every time I ...
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What is the history and distribution of the two pronunciations of 'lichen' /ˈlʌɪk(ə)n/ and /ˈlɪtʃ(ə)n/?

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/lichen says 'lichen' has two pronunciations: /ˈlʌɪk(ə)n/, /ˈlɪtʃ(ə)n/. In contrast, Oxford English Dictionary only registers the former. What is ...
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What are the rules to pronounce the suffix “-tion” in English, “/-tʃən/” or “ʃən”? [closed]

Ok, we got a lot of words with suffix "-tion" in English like reflection or congestion. But the way to pronounce "-tion" is different sometimes. congestion /kənˈdʒes.tʃən/ reflection /rɪˈflek.ʃən/ ...
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American pronunciation of Eva Braun?

I've heard it all kinds of ways, & now I have to pick one for an audiobook I'm narrating. I'm inclined to say EE-vuh BRAWN, but I just checked youtube(the fount of all pronunciation knowledge) ...
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Not fully pronounced oʊ (ō) sound in some words

Words like so, no, vocabulary, and don’t all contain the long o sound inside them. But I regularly hear native English speakers pronouncing the [oʊ] sound in these words (and some others containing ...
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How do you pronounce 'frappé'?

How is 'frappé' correctly pronounced? I know that it is from French origin and I used to pronounce it \fra-ˈpā\ (as I've seen on Merriam-Webster). But when my classmates heard me, they corrected me ...
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Can we pronounce the 'th' sound as a d?

I know that there are two ways to pronounce the th sound. Like in the word 'then' and 'thing'. But in a lot of cases I hear it pronounced as a d sound, especially in fast speech or if it comes after ...
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A rule for identifying the stressed syllable in abstract nouns ending in -ity. Is it foolproof?

When I was a student I was taught that the stressed syllable in an abstract noun ending in -ity is always the antepenultimate. e.g. reliability spontaneity ability felicity eternity rarity ...
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which word gives emphasis to other word

If A-cum-B denotes that, A and B are similar standing Which word describes B has having greater significance than A? For example : Accounts cum Finance means - both accounts and finance are of ...
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Why the does 'tu' get pronounced 'tyu' in British English?

Despite being a native Brit, I've always found it an oddity that words like "tutor", "tube", "tumour", and "duty" are pronounced as "tyutor", "tyube", "tyumour", and "duty" in British English. For me, ...
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“need to go to” (Flap t/d pronunciation)

I need to go to the bathroom. Can the letters in bold in the example above be pronounced as flap t/d sounds in American English, just like in better, ladder, party, and city?
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Pronunciation of “parmesan” [closed]

This a question about how to pronounce the "s" in "parmesan". Where I come from (Australia), it's said as a "z", or almost an "s", with only the first syllable stressed. But a friend from the USA ...
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Which words are pronounced with an /ɑː/ or /æ/ depending on dialect?

Certain English words are pronounced with two different vowels depending on the dialect of the speaker, namely with /ɑː/ or /æ/ (in IPA notation). These include: can't, last, fast, past, path, ...
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How the British pronounce “want”?

I'm not a native English speaker, so I am learning the pronunciation of words mostly from using Google. The way I found how to pronounce the word "want" was more or less like how I (british-way) say ...
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Pronouncing -ed when it comes after a voiced final consonant

When I teach -ed endings I tell the students that there are three ways to pronounce it: /t/ (when the preceding sound is unvoiced, e.g. matched) /d/ (when the preceding sound is voiced, e.g. played) ...
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Pronounciation of “height” [duplicate]

I was having a conversation recently and used the word height. What stands out to me is that I pronounced it /haɪθ/ as opposed to /haɪt/. I realized that I pronounce it this way quite often. Is this ...
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How to pronounce yin and yang?

How do you correctly pronounce yin and yang in American English? Especially the "yang" part because I hear it pronounced as it's spelled and also I think I've heard it like "yong". If you use IPA ...
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Pronunciation of direct

What is the correct pronunciation of direct? I found two different pronunciations. Probably both of them are true, but what, if anything, is the difference?
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How did Spanish “Sevilla” become English “Seville”?

In Spanish, the name of this city is spelled Sevilla and pronounced /seˈβiʎa/, but in English it is spelled Seville and pronounced /sɛˈvɪl/. Having never heard of Sevilla/Seville until I went to ...
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How to pronounce route [duplicate]

How do u know when the "ou" in route is pronounced as "oo" or "ow"? Or does it just depend on the person who says it
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Pronounciation of “live” [closed]

I would like to know, how should I pronounce "live" when I mean, for example, "live broadcasting" or "live music". Thank you.
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Proper pronunciation of plural possessives [closed]

I'm compiling a word list with accurate pronunciations and am hitting a brick wall. What are the proper American pronunciations of the following plural possessives, and by extension, similar words? ...
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Is the 'au' phoneme on the decline?

I live in the midwest, grew up in Chicago. Here, altho there is usually a clear distinction between au like in 'auditorium' and o like in 'on', the 2 are often used interchangeably in ordinary ...
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Tin percint of all Dimmocrats in the Sinnate

TIn percInt of all DImmocrats in the SInnate are sInsitive to this concern, but the represIntative from PInnsylvania thEnks that some common sInse should be applied. Two questions: Am I mistaken if ...
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Why is “Yosemite” spelled that way?

Well I'm not a native English speaker, but sometimes I get the feeling that English words' pronunciation is random. Why is "Yosemite" is being pronounced as "Yoh-Sem-Ee-Tee" and written as "Yosemite" ...
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Why can't I pronounce the ŋ sound? (native English speaker)

I was wondering why it is that I'm unable to pronounce this sound. Apparently, the reason why I pronounce the words "seen" and "sing" the exact same way (as well as "long" and "lawn", "dean" and ...
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When to pronounce long u as “yoo” or “ooo”

Can you look at a word and see if a "u" should be pronounced as "ooo" or "yoo" by using some set of rules, or do you just have to know the correct pronunciation ahead of time? For example: ...
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When is the plural 'es' pronounced “ess/ez/izz” vs. “eez”? [duplicate]

I was just thinking about this when I typed out "processes" and realized that I've heard it pronounced both "process-izz" and "process-eez". Is one incorrect, or is it considered an accent thing, or ...
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Pronunciation of “the”: thee versus thuh [duplicate]

We were taught in school that when followed by a noun starting with a vowel sound, "the" is pronounced "thee". In other cases, it's pronounced "thuh" (aside from the emphatic "the"). I have noticed ...
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Pronunciation of German proper nouns in America [closed]

Why are American names of German origin pronounced differently than they would be in German? For example: "Kreutz" sounds like "krites", not "kroyts" (same deal with Anheuser-Busch) "Boehner" ...
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Is there a simple guide for 's' vs 'sh' pronunciation in words?

Consider the following words as examples: 1) Version 2) Progression 3) Differentiation 4) Fission 5) Fusion 6) Insurance 7) Sure I pronounce all these words with a 'sh' sound even though it is not ...