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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  • sorry typed something worng, people always pronounce it like " cook " without the voiceless consonant " k ". – louis Oct 19 '15 at 16:32
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    Basically, you pronounce "cold" like you have a bad head cold. – Hot Licks Oct 19 '15 at 17:57

It's usually pronounced with three sounds:

  • the hard /k/ sound at the beginning, as in cat or coke
  • the /o/ vowel, as in open
  • the hard /d/ consonant as in dog

However, there are many variations between dialects, especially with the vowel: in my dialect, it's usually more of a diphthong /ou/ or /oʊ/ than a pure /o/. And in some places, the /d/ at the end is more of a glottal stop (the sound between the vowels in the word "uh-oh"). It sounds like that's what you're hearing, and that's also a perfectly valid way to pronounce it even if it's less common in the US and UK.

  • Where is a final /d/ realised as a glottal stop? I would hear that as 'coat', not 'code'. – Colin Fine Oct 19 '15 at 17:38
  • @ColinFine Some of my Vietnamese coworkers realize all final plosives as glottal stops, though I don't know if that's a local dialect or related to Vietnamese phonology. – Draconis Oct 19 '15 at 17:52

C sounds like "Coke" The o sounds like "ou" in pinyin or "oh" in English. D sounds like the D in Dà (big), but soft and short.

C, ou, D

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