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How do you pronounce idempotent [duplicate]

I-dem or Id-em ? And po-tent or p-t'nt ? I've commonly heard the two combinations: I-dem-po-tent and Id-em-p-t'nt. It looks like idempotent comes from the root for the words identical and potency so ...
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Confusion about Pronunciation of gif

I know there isn’t a correct way to pronounce gif. And its an abbreviation. There are two ways to pronounce it Hard G ( as in gift) Soft G( as in giraffe) This is a classic example of toe-ma-toe ...
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Pronunciation of “scald” and “old” (or “ol' ”) in West Ireland

Martin McDonagh's play, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, is obviously set in Leenane/Leenaun, Connemara, County Galway in the west of Ireland. In the script, the two words "scald" and "ol'" (short for "...
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How do people actually pronounce “Orange”?

There are questions on ELU about the phonemic transcriptions of orange in both British and American English in dictionaries. However, this being a site for linguists and all that, I thought I would ...
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Pronouncing Dictionary.com's W.O.D “vade mecum” in English

The Word of the Day for April 7th, 2019 on Dictionary.com is vade mecum, coming from the Latin expression vāde mēcum meaning something like "come along with me." Dictionary.com lists the pronunciation ...
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Trump's pronunciation of “origins” as “oringes”

President Trump pronounced the word origins [ˈɔ:rɪʤɪnz] as oringes [ˈɔ:rɪnʤəz] in a meeting with NATO secretary general Stoltenberg at the White House on 3 April 2019. See this clip on Youtube. ...
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Is the word “on” pronounced like /ʌn/ or /ən/ instead of /ɔn/ when it is unstressed? [duplicate]

Is the word "on" pronounced like /ʌn/ or /ən/ instead of /ɔn/ when it is unstressed in an American accent?
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How do natives pronounce “what the f**k?”

When I hear native speakers, especially Americans say the phrase I expect a "th" sound in "the" but instead, it sounds more like a "t" or "d" sometimes. Am I correct or am I just hearing it wrong?
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Transcription and pronunciation of the 'un-' prefix in General American English

What's the correct transcription and pronunciation of the 'un-' prefix in General American English? Cambridge Online dictionary provides the following transcription: /ʌn/ It's the same in words with ...
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How to pronounce the “dr” sound in the middle of words

I can pronounce it when it's at the start of a word as in "drive", but when it's in the middle, as in "bedroom" or "Andrew" the "r kind of fades away and I only say a "j" or a "j"' schwa and a normal "...
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Do native english speakers use both the retroflex and bunched “r” sound?

I've read that some native speakers say the "r" sound by bunching their tongue (bunched "r") and some by pointing their tip at the alveolar ridge (retroflex "r"). When I say it, it sometimes feels ...
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Pronunciation of the r and th sound together in American English

I can almost always pronounce the "r" or "th" sound alone, but when they are right next to each other, for example earth, throw, for the... I naturally make a short schwa sound in between and ...
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Shouldn't we spell “extrovert” as “extravert”? [closed]

I saw the spelling extrovert in a text, but I intuitively felt that the correct spelling is extravert. I did a little research and read that extravert is commonly used in scientific/technical ...
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What's different between pronouncing of these words: Get and Gem? [closed]

I know that the "Ge" sound is pronounced as J in the English language. For Example: Gem. But the pronunciation of "Get" is not like that. Can anyone explain this?
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How to use alphabet character to pronunciation American English?

Because I don't know how to key in the special IPA symbols in my Chinese computer keyboard. I'm wonder is there a simple system just use 62 (A-Za-z0-9) or less for representation the IPA symbol? ...
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How do I say “/” in a presentation? [duplicate]

Do I say "Slash" or do I just ignore the / all together? I have a powerpoint presentation coming up and I can't figure out how to say / for my presentation.
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The pronunciation of the word 'junta'

I am just wondering if there is a historical explanation for the two different ways of pronouncing junta, a word of Spanish origin, with /h/ as in American English and with /dƷ/ in British English.
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How do you pronounce the word Shaman?

I found 2 American pronunciation samples on Forvo, and they said /ˈʃæmən/ (audio), I wonder if British people say /ˈʃeɪmən/ (audio), or not? Could you please tell me something about that?
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What is the English pronunciation of “pain au chocolat”?

How do Brits and Americans pronounce pain au chocolat?
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How do you say 1/1024th [closed]

Is there such a fraction in English as: "1/1024th" and if so, how is it pronounced? I can't image we say: "One thousand and twenty fourth" Maybe the correct way is to write it without the "th" and say ...
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how do you pronounce a rolling “o” as in “so” or “no”?

I noticed that in New Zealand most people pronounce "o" at the end of "no" or "so" in a rather rolled manner - something closer to [our] instead of simple [ou]. For example, lady in this video does ...
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Orthograpy of /æ/ in unstressed syllables

Some words like: magnificent /mæɡˈnɪfəsənt/, anesthesia /ˌæn.əs.ˈθi.ʒə/, acrobat /ˈæk.ɹo.bæt/ accidentally /ˌæksəˈdɛnt(ə)li/, aluminium /ˌæl(j)uˈmɪn.j.əm/, satisfaction /sætɪsˈfækʃən/ have an ...
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Pronunciation: vowels before dark L (Any accent)

To native speakers of English, how do you compare a vowel before a dark L and one without a dark L. Example words: gold, goal, sold, soul, hole, hold, bowl, bold go, so, ho, bow(noun) . ...
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Wight and Wiht is white?

Wight is pronounced "white". Wight can be found as "wiht". I have heard people pronounce this as "wit". Is this mispronounced or for example dutch white = WIT?
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Reason behind Oxford Dictionaries's IPA transcription?

For some reason or another, I was looking at the Oxford Dictionaries definition for ailurophile (cat-lover). Then I noticed that, underneath its Pronunciation header, it gives the IPA transcript as ...
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Pronunciation of the -ate suffix

I've noticed that a few words may be both a noun and an adjective, remain spelt the same, but change the pronunciation of -ate to ət or āt. Sometimes the meanings are related, others they are not. ...
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Ed ending as an adjective sounds differently

why the adjective "learned" sounds differently when describing "behavior" and "man"? a learned behavior (d sound) a learned man (id sound) Many thanks
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I pronounce question as kweshtin. Is my pronunciation wrong?

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 ...
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Do average native-speakers have difficulties in correctly pronouncing science-related words? [closed]

Do average native-speakers have difficulties in correctly pronouncing science-related words ( e.g. 'coelenterate' or 'chelicerae')?
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British / American poetry appreciation

Do native poetry enthusiast pay attention to British vs. American pronunciation when enjoying poetry? As I understand, there could be differences in rhythm and rhyme depending on the given accent, ...
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Connected speech resources

I am very interested in British pronunciation, so I am looking for resources about connected speech and IPA in general. The ideal would be a book with the transcription of dialogues or just ...
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Why is 'diphthong' pronounced the way it is?

According to Wiktionary, the word comes: From French diphtongue, from Ancient Greek δίφθογγος (díphthongos, “two sounds”), from δίς (dís, “twice”) + φθόγγος (phthóngos, “sound”) Separated into ...
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Sentence stress

I'm struggling to understand the sentence stress in the following sentences: Why don’t we watch a comedy film? I'm pretty sure that 'don't', 'watch', 'comedy', and 'film' are stressed; why is a wh-...
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The pronunciation of “divisor”

unfortunately, it seems as though my English level remains to be that of a foreigner, as was exemplified by me misapprehending the pronunciation of the word "divisor". Somehow, my instincts (which ...
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Pronunciation of short-lived to rhyme with short-dived. Are there any identifiable factors for this pronunciation?

My question is about people who pronounce "-lived" in "short-lived" to rhyme with "dived" rather than "sieved". I'd just like to say I've only ever heard "long-lived" pronounced in this way from ...
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The Newjersey Turnpike

In pronunciation of the name of the New Jersey Turnpike, there is no stress in either syllable of the word "Jersey," as though New Jersey were actually one word. Is this a common phenomenon that ...
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Pronunciation of the letter 'A' [duplicate]

I've always wondered why some English speakers pronounce the letter 'A' differently. For Example: A (Ah) Boat Or A (Ay) Boat I hope you guys know what I mean. So, why's that?? Thanks in advance....
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Deciding pronunciation of new words that don't obey natural rules of a language

This question was sparked by considering the "word": pwn. "Pawn" and "-pone" are both existing written form and vocalizations, but "pown" pronounced like "pone" is not a valid written form. It exists ...
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How is 'wl-' pronounced?

How is 'wl-' pronounced at the beginning of a word? Of course, you just don't pronounce it at all, because there is no English word that begins that way and if there were, well, that's just not ...
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Why is Indian English usually rhotic?

It seems that speakers of Indian English generally speak with a rhotic accent, pronouncing an [r] in all cases where spelled, whereas a speaker of British English would leave it off in postvocalic ...
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Do people still use the traditional pronunciation of “zoology” so it starts with “zo” not “zu”?

I hear the "zoo" /zu/ in "zoology" (/zuːˈɒlədʒi/, /zuˈɑlədʒi/) almost universally now. I think I’m the only one left saying /zo/ in "zo-ology" (/zoˈɑlədʒi/, /zoʊˈɑlədʒi/, /zəʊˈɒlədʒi/). Am I alone?
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Why do we spell the word “who” with a silent “w” when it isn’t needed?

If we spelled who without the W – making it ho like with do and to — it could still make sense, so why is there a silent W in the word who?
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American English pronunciation of 't' after 'n'

As a native British English speaker I often notice what seems to be an omission of the "t" sound by American speakers when the letter follows an "n". Examples: Interview ---> Innerview Internet --->...
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Peculiar pronunciation of 'architecture'

Watching a footage from 1928-9 i noticed that the narrator pronounced architecture as ['a:tʃitektʃə] instead of the modern ['a:Kitektʃə]. Is this known to be the standard American pronunciation of ...
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Should “ohmmeter” be stressed on the first or second syllables, or both?

Question: Which syllable or syllables are stressed in the word ohmmeter? Context: I tried to say the word ohmmeter out loud today and realized I am unsure of the correct pronunciation. The double m ...
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Is there a linguistic term for pronouncing card as “kerd” or hard as “herd”?

I notice this in some people from Northern Illinois and Iowa and am wondering if this is a well documented phenomenon. What most Americans would pronounce as "ar" is instead pronounced as something ...
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Why is pronunciation of rough and though different? [duplicate]

Why is "ough" pronounced so differently in rough and though and thought?
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Pronunciation of “inquiry” with first syllable stress?

I am an American and I always pronounce “inquiry” with second syllable stress. After hearing more and more Americans say it with first syllable stres, along with British people saying it the way I do,...
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You becoming 'CHU' and 'JU'

I know for over a fact that the word "YOU" when the word before its a T or a 'D' sound it can change to a CH sound or a J sound, but I've ALWAYS wonder why does that happen? So, I want you= aɪ wɑnt ...
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“Extra W” sound in words

I've wonder that in some sentences, or words, even though phonetically you don't have a 'W' sound, you can still hear some type of extra w' sound. So for example. The phrase: "Do it". /du ɪt/ will ...