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How do 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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U.K. regional anomaly in pronouncing -ought

I'm reading Henry Fielding's Tom Jones, written in 1749 and based in Somersetshire. I'm intrigued by Fielding's unusual but consistent representation of the way some less-educated characters pronounce ...
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How to pronounce “crepe” (pancake)? [closed]

I've seen some sources say it's pronounced the same way as grape, and others say it should sound like 'crap'. So second option is how it's pronounced in French, but does it apply to English ...
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How does one pronounce words ending in “‑ae”?

For example: Styracaceae, Suidae, Sulidae, Sylviidae, Symplocaceae, etc. I don’t know how to pronounce them correctly.
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What is the difference between the vowels in “sole” and “solo”?

To my ears, the vowel in "sole" or "soul" sounds different from the first vowel in "solo"; it sounds somewhat similar to the vowel in "caught", while the vowel in "solo" does not. (You can listen to ...
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Pronunciation of “reprise” (repreez/reprize)

Is "reprise" pronounced as "repreez" in all contexts, as noun and verb, except for usages in legal context? I'd like to reference a number of dictionaries: Oxford Living Dictionaries only has one ...
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Why is “medicine” pronounced differently?

British English drops the unstressed second syllable to make it sound like med-sin /ˈmɛd.sɪn/. American English keeps it as a 3-syllable word meh-dee-sin /ˈmɛ.dɪ.sɪn/ In Australia I've only ever ...
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What is the true pronunciation of “participle”? [closed]

I cannot seem to find anything on this. I see (in dictionaries, although not all of them) that the first syllable is stressed (I've been corrected countless number of times on this, too). That means ...
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When or why did the pronunciation of the word “renovate” change? [duplicate]

If "renovate" is to make new again (re-nova)...why is it not pronounced ree-nove-ate?
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Is there a way to say capital letters?

Say when I'm reciting a password to someone I say something like: capital a b capital c d capital e Is there any way to pronounce upper case letters without having to say capital in front of the ...
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Why do some speakers pronounce the aɪ sound as ɔɪ?

Essentially, I'm referring to how some British English speakers pronounce words like "time", "right". That first vowel changes and ends up sounding like "toyme" or "royght". Americans seem to have ...
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In which varieties of English is 't' in 'often' silent? [duplicate]

I'm from India and all my life I've pronounced 'often' with 't' silent. Since we follow British English, I assume British people say it the same way? I guess in American English, one pronounces it ...
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ETcetera pronounced as EXetera ? Correct?

I keep hearing everyone at my work (Native speakers) saying e-X-etera. They said my pronunciation of the word as e-T-cetera was incorrect. I got into a big argument, they thought I was mad. Is there ...
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Does any native English word contain the 'ñ' sound?

I've seen that English dictionaries contain a number of Spanish-imported words that contain the character ñ, such as piñata, piña colada and jalapeño. You find the same sound in other languages, such ...
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Are differing pronunciations of “second” a regional difference?

According to Wiktionary the word "second" can be pronounced one of two ways in the US: /ˈsɛk.(ə)nd/ and /ˈsɛk.(ə)nt/ I've googled to try to find anything about the difference between these ...
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How to pronounce paths of links/URLs properly? [closed]

I have been watching Linus Tech Tips for a while now and am confused about their pronunciation of links/URLs. When they make an advertisement, they vary between two different pronunciations. Let me ...
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What's the difference between the AA (ɑ) and AO (ɔ) sound?

I'm working with the CMU pronunciation dictionary and I can't comfortably say I can understand what difference in sound they're trying to indicate by splitting AA and AO into different phonemes. ...
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Is the varying pronunciation of “schedule” using “sh-” vs “sk-” regional or individual? [duplicate]

‘Hard’ /ˈskɛ.djuːl/vs ‘Soft’ /ˈʃɛ.djuːl/ Is one of the two variants /ˈʃɛ.djuːl/ with ‘sh‑’ (so including [ˈʃɛ.djɫ], [ˈʃɛ.dʒɫ̩], [ˈʃɛ.dʒu.əɫ], [ˈʃɛ.dʒuːɫ]) /ˈskɛ.djuːl/ with ‘sk‑’ (so including [...
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About pronunciation of “thank you”

About pronunciation of "thank you" "thanks" [θæŋks] are usually [θæŋs]. "think so" [θiŋk-so] tends to be pronounced [θiŋ-so]. In a consonant group, the consonants, such as k, p, t. are omitted. if ...
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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 is the correct pronunciation of the word “route”?

I have always used both "root" as in route 66 and "rooter" as in the networking device. The latter has gotten me funny looks often, however I could not bring myself to accept the inconsistency. Today ...
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Why is Tesco often pronounced Tesco's?

Possible Duplicate: Store names & possessive “Ear doctor's” vs “Ear doctor” I have often heard members of the British public pronounce the name of the ...
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Pronunciation of the expletive 'ugh'

From my dim and distant youth, I seem to remember that the exclamation 'ugh' was generally pronounced 'ooh'. I was raised in the Stockport area of the UK, and wonder whether this would have been a ...
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On the pronunciation of 's' in 'dislike' (/s/ vs /z/)

With a bit of a surprise I have recently learnt that most(all?) native English speakers pronounce the 's' in dislike (and similar words with the dis- prefix) as /s/, not /z/. However, the /z/ ...
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Linking words pronunciation /ng/ [duplicate]

Just wondering if the [g] sound is sometimes used to link a word ending in [ŋ] and a word beginning with a vowel sound. For example, can "hang out" be pronounced as /hang-gout/? If you know any ...
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Where did the L in talk go?

So, this came up in the recent silent letter post in the comment section. Looking up pronunciations of talk gives things like: /tɔːk/ per oxforddictionaries.com, Google's definition page (on this url)...
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When you make a glottal stop in English, does the front of your tongue touch the roof of your mouth?

When you make a glottal stop (or a glottalized t/stop t) in English, does the front of your tongue touch the roof of your mouth? For example, the word "hit".
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How do you spell “Aye Yai Yai”

The phrase that's spoken when someone is hand-wringing about a thorny problem. Speaker One: Uh-oh -- we have to reformat ALL THE DOCUMENTS! Speaker Two: Aye Yai Yai, that's a lot of work! "Aye ...
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Pronounciation of Third Reich and Heinrich Himmler

I just saw a British made documentary about Heinrich Himmler with mostly native English speakers being interviewed. What struck me was that everyone (?) pronounced Third Reich with a "hard" C (=k) ...
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What is the correct pronounciation of i18n? [closed]

Is i18n pronounced internationalization or eye-eighteen-n or both? For background on i18n, quoting Wikipedia : In computing, internationalization and localization (AmE) or internationalisation and ...
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Why are there 4 ambiguous phonetic symbols in IPA representations of English?

I'm interested in phonetics in order to speak as properly as possible. And here's the thing, there are four vowels with ambiguous symbols: The first problem is the sound [ɛ] like in dress: /drɛs/ ...
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Can the word FAQ be considered offensive?

The pronunciation of abbreviation FAQ is not uniform (cf. What is the commonly accepted pronunciation of FAQ?). One of commonly encountered ones is /fæk/. This one, at least to my untrained, non-...
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Do native people pronounce “it is on the table” as “ɪt sɑːn ðə ˈteɪbl” or “ɪt zɑːn ðə ˈteɪbl”?

Sometimes, when I watch American films, I often hear people say "ɪt zɑːn ðə ˈteɪbl" (it is on the table). I learned in textbook that "it is" can be contracted as "it's" and since "t" is voiceless so ...
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How to pronounce “twenty” correctly?

Well, I usually say "twenny" instead of "twenty" (not "twendy" even). I recently noticed that I never heard the same from any native english speakers during any talks I ever had with them. Recently I ...
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pronouncing -ó in poetry [duplicate]

Do you guys know how '-ó' is pronounced? Context: The Windhover, Hopkins.       No wonder of it: shéer plód makes plough down sillion Shine, and blue-bleak embers, ah my dear,       Fall, gall ...
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What is the history behind how date is read?

I was trying to find out if there were reading guidelines for dates, e.g., for broadcasting or competitive recitation. There seem to be a few different accepted ways of reading out dates, e.g., 1, or ...
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Do long vowels ever get reduced to schwa?

I was taught that any vowel can get reduced to schwa if it is unstressed, but I can't find any examples of a long vowel getting reduced to schwa. Is it only short vowels that can become schwa?
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English, Latin, or Malay pronunciation of betta fish

The genus name of the aquarium fish Betta splendens derives from the Malay word "ikan betah." The common name of the fish is also "betta," which in English we'd pronounce with a soft e. I often hear ...
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Real BrE pronunciation

Whenever I listen to English, it is AmE and I've seldom heard BrE because in Japan we're mainly taught AmE. (But I've seen BrE many times.) So, I have a little knowledge of BrE pronunciation only ...
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Can “certiorari” be pronounced as three syllables in the US?

"Certiorari" has a different pronunciation in almost every dictionary I've checked. Almost all of them are five syllables. And according to a 2014 article in the American Bar Association Journal, in ...
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Number of syllables. Nuclear vs Linear. Is there a difference

I just looked up the syllable description of the words linear and nuclear. On that website, it says linear has 3 syllables and nuclear 2. This is despite the 'ear' of both words being pronounced the ...
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How do you pronounce “macrame”? [closed]

I've heard a couple of pronunciations "macra may", "ma craym", "ma craym". So, which is the correct one?
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Is there such a thing as Intrusive-L (as opposed to Intrusive-R)?

Most of us have heard plenty of examples of the so-called Intrusive-R. It is a feature of non-rhotic dialects, including British RP and some New England dialects. It occurs between two vowels that are ...
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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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Accent on last syllable of “yesterday”?

I heard something interesting the other night while watching Eddie Murphy host Saturday Night Live: an exasperated character says, "Come on! I showed you how to do this yesterday!", with emphasis on "...
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Pronunciation of “-” sign, particularly in Unix commands

While talking about commands for command-line interface, I sometimes need to pronounce how command should be typed, like this one: nc -l -p 1234 I used to pronounce - sign in this context as a "...
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“Carbine” rifle | is there pronunciation demographic data?

Let me count the ways: Car-bine (like: dine, refine, canine.) Car-bean (like: green bean, ravine, serpentine.) CAR-buhn (like: ..like the right and proper way to pronounce the scotch 'Oban'.) As ...
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The proper way to say “Mocha” the coffee drink

I have noticed that most of the time when I go to Starbucks and order a mocha, the cashier doesn't seem to understand unless I repeat it. I am trying to think why is that the case since it is a very ...
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Why are we supposed to say the “a” as an “e” in “any” and “many”?

I speak Australian English, but I seem to pronounce the words many and anything differently from how the vast majority of people here do so. I pronounce it using an a sound rather than an e sound ...
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How to pronounce the adjective form of “patent” in American English?

I understand that for the noun "patent", the word is pronounced as ˈpæt(ə)nt in British English and ˈpeɪt(ə)nt in American English. However, a friend blew my mind yesterday and claimed that it could ...

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