The question is about the pronunciation of /æ/ and /e/, such as in Brad and bread, expansive and expensive, man and men, bad and bed, pat and pet, flash and flesh, sad and said, had and head, etc. I asked local Americans about the differences, listened to Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNL5BmWQGiI) videos for the difference, but I still did not quite get it. It is understandable that dialects would lead to difference as well; so in British English pronunciation, I probably caught the difference; but in the Mid-western dialects, e.g., Minnesota, these two sounds are so similar that I can never succeed in distinguishing them without a context. So the question is to ask: 1. What is the difference between /æ/ and /e/ in your US dialects? 2. What is the difference between /æ/ and /e/ in Mid-western dialects? An answer with a video or audio information would be very helpful I guess.
I teach for a living but have a lot of linguistic baggage that I'd like to get rid of. Specifically, I have some weird pronunciation/accent issues and would like to speak "General American" or newscaster English. Is this something I can do on my own? What resources should I use? [more inside]
We're resigned to our differences over the pronunciation of 'scone' (rhyming it with either 'stone' or 'gone'). The strange thing is that both of us regard the other's pronunciation as sounding 'posh'. So, does scone/scone divide along class lines, or is it more about geography or something else?
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How would a Cockney pronounce "Battlestar Galactica"?
What books/courses/web tutorials would you recommend to help me learn the Received Pronunciation (BBC) English accent? [more inside]
AccentFilter: What makes a New England accent recognizable? [more inside]