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Como se dice "Gc"?

How does one pronounce the surname "Gc" that might originate in India? [more inside]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe on Mar 26, 2016 - 6 answers

Children's fantasy stories that taught pronunciation

Hi, I'm looking for a set of children's fantasy picturebooks from the 1960s or 1970s, that were designed for educational therapy, specifically to teach children how to correctly pronounce the "R", "Th" and "L". The ones I can remember were: [more inside]
posted by happyroach on Jan 17, 2016 - 2 answers

Why are people still saying 'spicket' instead of 'spigot'?

I've said and written 'spicket' my entire life and only this morning discovered it was non-standard. Some dictionaries give a cursory redirect to 'spigot'; some don't even list the 'ck' variant. The apparent root of 'spigot' [Latin spica] would seem to obviate this discussion, but the change from /k/ to /g/ had taken place at least by 1590 (both forms co-existed for a while). When did 'spicket' become non-standard, and why has that /k/ persisted to the present day? [more inside]
posted by smokysunday on Sep 29, 2015 - 6 answers

What is the pronouncing difference between /æ/ and /e/ in US English?

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.
posted by caladesi on Sep 1, 2015 - 24 answers

IPA Pronunciation

Is there an online tool that will take an IPA pronunciation and speak it to me?
posted by devnull on May 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Vegan. Why is it a hard 'gee' when vegetarian is a soft 'gee'?

I couldn't answer this when my Polish friend asked me why the letter changed sound, does anyone else know?
posted by dash_slot- on Aug 12, 2013 - 3 answers

How to pronounce Spanish rr in combination with other consonants?

Looking for help prouncing the RR sound in words such as sonrisa, alrededor, las rosas [more inside]
posted by iamsuper on May 3, 2013 - 18 answers

Regional pronunciation of the word "realtor" with added vowel

A coworker asserts that there is a regional prevalence to the pronunciation of the word "realtor" by adding a vowel between the l and the t, and I want to know more about that pronunciation. [more inside]
posted by tarheelcoxn on Mar 19, 2013 - 51 answers

Dayta or Datta?

Help me find a dialect map for the pronunciation of the word "data". [more inside]
posted by janell on Jan 29, 2013 - 30 answers

Japanese Name Pronounciation

I'm giving a talk tomorrow where I will be covering the work of typographer Eiichi Kono. So my question is pretty simple: how does one best pronounce his name?
posted by garius on Jan 9, 2013 - 7 answers

How would you tell someone else to pronounce this phrase?

I need to insert a pronuciation guide into a script for the following Latin animal name: Pachydiscus seppenradensis. In other words, I just need something on the script page to help the person reading it pronounce it correctly. I can't rely on special symbols or anything longwinded. Just something like is found in this question.
posted by Bookhouse on Jan 1, 2013 - 3 answers

Why is she talking about "baggles"?

In what regional dialect do people pronounce "bagel" as though it were spelled "baggle"? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on Sep 3, 2012 - 76 answers

Help me find online resources for how to pronounce difficult words

I have terrible pronunciation. Can you direct me to dictionary-type sites that teach how to pronounce words using high-quality audio files? Merriam-Webster has the basics and is easy to use, but I am also looking for resources that cover more specialized vocabularies such as cooking terms, medical terms, technology terms, the names of important cultural figures, place names, and product names. Obscurity/difficulty level: stuff like sambal oelek, Yulia Tymoshenko, Mies van der Rohe, SUSE, Schenectady, Elidel, Saucony. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on May 5, 2012 - 12 answers

Clearly, it's pronounced "kisskshhh of ex"

How do you pronounce the hyperbolic trigonometric functions? [more inside]
posted by King Bee on Nov 19, 2011 - 21 answers

Documentaries and radio transcripts for improving British English?

I've been thinking about improving my (received) pronunciation by reading out loud in English. Need help finding materials online. [more inside]
posted by earthwormsleg on Oct 8, 2011 - 5 answers

Where[Way-uh}? Over there[they-uh].

How can I help my 3 year old with his pronunciation? [more inside]
posted by unceman on Jun 14, 2011 - 26 answers

People with poor answers will end up on my tzompantli

I how do pronounce the name Tlacaélel? [more inside]
posted by Panjandrum on May 3, 2011 - 7 answers

/k/, /c/, /t/ and /q/

Are there any languages that distinguish between the consonants represented in IPA as /k/, /c/, /t/ and /q/?
posted by Dim Siawns on Mar 3, 2011 - 10 answers


How, if at all, does one pronounce "pwned"? [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on Jan 20, 2011 - 36 answers

A weally hawd question

Why do little kids pronounce "r" as "w"? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Jan 30, 2010 - 25 answers

Please don't say it rhymes with "penis"

How do you pronounce the last name of Emmanuel Levinas? [more inside]
posted by AngerBoy on May 22, 2009 - 10 answers

What is the correct pronunciation of Dyedushka Vodyanoy?

What is the correct pronunciation of the mythological character Dyedushka Vodyanoy?
posted by Izner Myletze on May 19, 2009 - 4 answers

How do you pronounce 'κινειν'?

Greek speakers needed! How do you pronounce 'κινειν' in both modern and ancient Greek? [more inside]
posted by amery on Jan 25, 2009 - 10 answers

Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connait pas.

How do you pronounce "Le coeur a ses raisons, que la raison ne connaît point?" [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on Nov 19, 2008 - 24 answers

How do you pronounce Vafai?

How do you pronounce the last name Vafai? I think that it is Iranian.
posted by ND¢ on Feb 12, 2007 - 8 answers

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