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I've lived in Houston,TX for about 10 years and after that I moved to the ME and I've made friends since then. Whenever they heard me say kweshtin they told me my pronunciation was weird. I told them that it's the American pronunciation, but when I googled it I found nothing to back me up. The results showed me that I should pronounce it as kweschin?

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    You probably want to wait for more answers before you check off one as 'accepted'. That tends to discourage more answers (and I think you would get more perspectives).
    – Mitch
    Commented Mar 1, 2019 at 2:45
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    Do you really mean "kweshtin" and not "kweshchin"?
    – hguler
    Commented Mar 1, 2019 at 2:55
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    I've heard it pronounced a dozen different ways. The last syllable does approximate "chin", but the "ch" is fairly percussive. If you think about it, a question is a quest for an answer, so quest (with the T) is a reasonable start. But English tends to blend the last bits of such a word into the start of a subsequent "-ion" suffix, producing a slight "ch" sound.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Mar 1, 2019 at 3:40
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    /'kwɛʃtən/ (which is what I take "kweshtin" to mean) is well within the range of possibilities in American English. Also common are /'kwɛʃtʃən/, /'kwɛstʃən/, /'kwɛʃtən/, and /'kwɛʃʃən/. Sibilants are hard to pronounce together and corners get cut. Commented Mar 1, 2019 at 3:51
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I have never heard the pronunciation "kweshtin." The "tion" in "question" is said "chin," or at least that's what I've heard. (Californian here, it may be different where you come from.)

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  • Yeah that's why I mentioned where I grew up in the question. I asked my older sister about it and she said that she pronounces it like me. So that's why I'm kinda torn. Did everyone back home pronounced it as kweshtin or did my sister and I have hearing issues for 10 years? Commented Mar 1, 2019 at 2:40
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I am from the Ohio River valley. Southern Indiana. I pronounce it as questshun. We have what's referred to as a country, hillbilly, or redneck accent. My mother in law was from the Northern Illinois area, around Chicago and she thought me as well as others in the area had a very strong accent and she was from the very next region. She pronounced things way different than we did around here. Like root, roof, boot and words like that she said totally differently. And don't get me started on how she said crayon but it sounded more like she was saying Koreans, you know like the Asian people.

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The late Prof. Lawler commented:

/'kwɛʃtən/ (which is what I take "kweshtin" to mean) is well within the range of possibilities in American English. Also common are /'kwɛʃtʃən/, /'kwɛstʃən/, /'kwɛʃtən/, and /'kwɛʃʃən/. Sibilants are hard to pronounce together and corners get cut.

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