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Incorrectly transliterated foreign words that have been improved [closed]

Seeking a list of several foreign words (usually names, but any noun) that have been borrowed from other languages, but originally transliterated/pronounced incorrectly and are now being improved into ...
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Pronunciation Help [closed]

My wife and I want to name our baby Ruud. Would we need to use two dots over the u so that people know how to pronounce it or is it fine the way it is?
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pronunciation: autistic

Words comforted and healed my discontent when I discovered that Brendan, my beautiful first-born son was severely autistic with limited speech. (Benita Porter, The Power of Words) - audio ...
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Why doesn't the silent “e” work on “infinite”? [duplicate]

Why doesn't the silent "e" work on the word "infinite"? What I mean is, why does mate have a long "a", but infinite has a short "i"?
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How to pronounce the 's at the end of names that end with s

For example: Lucas's dog was joyful. do I pronounce the first word the exact same as if I just said Lucas, or do I say lucas-es?
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Attention Americans: Do you use the SILENT H in the beginning? [duplicate]

English is my mother tongue and we often follow the British pronunciations. However, something caught my attention recently. In my Oxford dictionary, I noticed that so many words that begin with 'wh' ...
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how to pronounce 'Uriel'? [closed]

I have a student whose name is 'Uriel' and I'm just wondering how I should pronounce it!
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English pronunciation by Spanish speakers

A typical pronunciation problem for Spanish speakers is that of words that begin with 'S + consonant'. For example, Spain may be pronounced eh-spain. What are other standard (eh-standar) pronunciation ...
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Pronunciation of final T sounds in English

What's the word to describe the phenomenon of the final 't' sound becoming a stop without aspiration, vs. how it sounds at the beginning of a word? Does any one particular dialect/accent of English ...
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Why is the pronunciation of 'ch' different in chamber and chameleon? [duplicate]

Sometimes ch is pronounced as /k/, as in chorus/chameleon. Sometimes as /tʃ/, as in chamber/chalk. Why is it so?
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Do 'inq' and 'ink' sound similar? [closed]

Do 'inq' and 'ink' sound similar? I want to register a domain name which is related to data (writing stuff). Is it okay to use 'inq' rather than 'ink'?
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Why is “me” pronounced like “me” but “ne” is not pronounced with the same e sound?

Why is "me" pronounced like "me" but "ne" is not pronounced with the same e sound? According to a professor, "ne" is pronounced like "nuh". Why is it like this? And more generally, does there exist ...
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What is the word used to describe a particular type of sound made with language?

What is the word used to describe a particular type of sound made with language? Is it a "tone"? For example, the "ai" in Thailand produces a sound. And, what is the word for this language system ...
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How to Pronounce family name called “Penhallow”

How to pronounce family name Penhallow? I'm translating the "A Tangled Web" story by L.M.Montgomery to Russian.
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A British pronunciation issue

Most dictionaries list the pronunciation of issue as /ˈɪʃuː/ (ĭsho͞o) in American English and /ˈɪs.juː/ (ĭsyo͞o) possibly alongside /ˈɪʃjuː/ (ĭshyo͞o) and /ˈɪʃuː/ in British English. One informal ...
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What's the right way to pronounce “Louis”?

The name of the comedian Louis C.K. is pronounced LU-EE-SEE-KAY. Is the S pronounced as a part of the given name "Louis", or just the first constant of the of the letter C? Is there a canonical way ...
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How to pronounce 'App' correctly?

I wrote an App and published it. In this sentence, how to pronounce app correctly? a-p-p or ei-pu?
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Why is soldier ˈsōljər? Where did the “j” come from?

Just a pronunciation question. Is it a vestige of the spelling battle between i and j, where in English the j lost out to the i, but with soldier we retained the sound?
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Pronunciation of “great” vs. “treat” [closed]

Why is great pronounced /greit/ while in other words the ea is pronounced differently? Take treat, for example: /tri:t/. Why are two words with the same number of vowels and consonants and the same ...
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Why pronunciation of “Crooked” is “Crook-ked”? [duplicate]

I've noticed that the pronunciations of "picked" gives its sound like "pick" with final sound "d" but for "Crooked" and "Naked" Why do they pronounce them like "Crook-ked" and "Nake-ked"? How can I ...
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Why do people keep mispronouncing my name, Divine?

My name is Divine--like the English word, "divine". There are no tildes, no accent marks, no umlauts, or funky letters like æ...nothing shady going on here. Yet every time someone reads my name, i ...
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Pronunciation of “scone”

The argument about the pronunciation of scone:- skoʊn, skɒn noun 1. a small, light, biscuitlike quick bread made of oatmeal, wheat flour, barley meal, or the like. reappeared in the pub ...
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How do you pronounce the << operator

How do you pronounce the << operator? For example it is used in here.
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If a letter isn't pronounced but affects pronunciation of other letters, is it still 'silent'?

The 'e' in paste isn't pronounced on its own, but changes the pronunciation of the 'a'. In that case, is the 'e' still referred to as silent?
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Are there are more vowels in the American English than in British? [closed]

car, father, jarring ■ man, lad, mast A British guy would pronounce the vowel "a" equally in all these words. But an American would give one sound for the first three words, and the other ...
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Does Tony the Tiger pronounce 'Grrreat!' as /grrreɪt/ or /gəə.reɪt/?

Does Tony the Tiger pronounce 'Grrreat!' as /grrreɪt/ or /gəə.reɪt/? I want to know what you think about his pronunciation in the commercial? (1) /grrreɪt/ where the liquid becomes syllabic (2) ...
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Schwa insertion into the bi-consonantal onset for emphasis?

I want to know if American English speakers have regional differences in inserting the schwa between initial consonants of words such as great, crazy, professional, and crash for emphasis. For a case ...
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Why is “poison” in English pronounced so differently from French “poison”?

Why is poison in English pronounced so astonishingly differently than the French pronunciation of poison? Considering that they have exactly the same origin. Is it just randomness or is it on purpose ...
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How do I pronounce “can't” with a British accent without it rhyming with “punt” or “paint”?

How do I pronounce "can't" with a British accent without it rhyming with "punt" or "paint"?
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Pronouncing “cumin” [closed]

Is "cumin" pronounced as coo -- min Or is it pronounced cyoo -- min ?
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How to pronounce/say the abbreviation 'i.e.'?

I know that 'i.e.' is an abbreviation of 'that is'. But, my question is about pronouncing it perhaps, in normal speech, reading from a piece of text containing the abbreviation, etc. In the US, ...
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How to add clarity to an acronym that is already a word

Where I'm working we have an acronym spelled "was" and I'm wondering is there a way to clearly distinguish it from the verb? According to here "acronyms...usually do not require periods" so is this a ...
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Pronunciation of Repo

How do you pronounce repo when it means repository? Is it ˈɹiːpoʊ or ˈɹepoʊ?
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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 (ofTen). But ...
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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 ...