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?
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.
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