I've been trying to re-discover two websites that I've found before but have now utterly lost. One was a photo gallery of people in drug-induced altered states, and the other was a repository of name pronunciations curated by librarians. [more inside]
What's a good way to expand one's vocabulary? [more inside]
US-EnglishFilter: is there a rule for how the preposition "to" is pronounced? [more inside]
Which foods am I mispronouncing that I don't know about? [more inside]
How do you pronounce magret? [more inside]
Pronouncing the word "Magdalene." [more inside]
Why do little kids pronounce "r" as "w"? [more inside]
Help figure out this modifier of the word "mentality", which may be phonetically similar to "sinded".
Help figure out this modifier of the word "mentality", which may be phonetically similar to "sinded". [more inside]
Has J.D. Salinger ever written or spoken how to pronounce the name "Zooey" in Franny and Zooey? Are there any recordings of him pronouncing it? Separately, did he create that name or is there precedence for it (whether as a nickname for Zachary or on its own, spelled the same way)? [more inside]
I've just got a hold of my class lists for next year and there are a few names that I'm not sure how to pronounce. [more inside]
Name pronunciation help! (Bengali and Albanian) [more inside]
I'm a storyteller learning a story about a game that uses a Gebeta board. The game is similar to Mancala. I need to know how to pronounce the word "Gebeta", so I can be true to the story and its origins. Any ideas?
How do you pronounce the last name of Emmanuel Levinas? [more inside]
What is the correct pronunciation of the mythological character Dyedushka Vodyanoy?
Are there any words that have a "zyu" sound in American English pronunciation? [more inside]
The 'w' in 'Keswick' is silent. So is the 'w' in 'Southwark'. And the 'h' in 'Pakenham'. Is there a name for this and is there a rule to apply it? [more inside]
A questioning concerning Derek Zoolander's pronunciation of the term "good looking"... [more inside]
Greek speakers needed! How do you pronounce 'κινειν' in both modern and ancient Greek? [more inside]
How do you pronounce "Le coeur a ses raisons, que la raison ne connaît point?" [more inside]
How is the name Pritha pronounced? [more inside]
I don't know any Czech speakers but I'm pretty sure I'm making a hash of saying this guy's surname out loud. [more inside]
I'm looking for historical examples of shibboleths used in electoral politics. Got any examples? [more inside]
Help! Need name for English-pronunciation website for Japanese learners. [more inside]
Is there any native speaker of English reading this for whom "broth" is pronounced the same in the words broth and brothel ? No joke. They aren't the same in my dialect, but maybe in yours?
How is fureai pronounced?
How does author Neal Stephenson pronounce his last name? [more inside]
What's the excruciatingly correct pronunciation of Berlin-based academic publisher Walter de Gruyter? [w] or [v]? What about their subsidiary, Mouton de Gruyter? Bonus points for IPA.
I'm looking for words which can have different meanings, depending on how they are pronounced. [more inside]
How do you pronounce the word 'read' when used in the following context? -- 'John is dry (read: boring).' /rɛd/ or /rid/ Thanks!
pronunciationfilter: how do i mitigate the awkwardness of correcting someone who is pronouncing my name wrong after a significant amount of time has already passed? [more inside]
How do I pronounce POGGE? [more inside]
What are some totally awesome free online ESL resources that focus specifically on how to produce the correct sounds in English words for people whose native languages don't contain them? [more inside]
How do I pronounce some of my favorite authors' names? (Names inside.) [more inside]
I have a desperate need to gain some basic command over Sanskrit terms written in the English alphabet (i.e. with the diacritical marks). Can someone point me to a no-nonsense pronunciation guide, as I am having difficulty finding one that doesn't assume preexisting linguistics knowledge.
Regional dialect or dyslexic family? Switching the "r" with a vowel at the beginning of words. [more inside]
Iraqi first names Zainab, Aysha and Nour: how should I pronounce them? (For each name: how do the vowels sound [in comparison with an English word], how many syllables does the name have, and which syllable is accented?)
What is the correct way to pronounce the name of the feminist/psychoanalytic critic Mary Jacobus? Which syllable is stressed?
Did you ever receive explicit instruction on how to pronounce "February" from someone who is considered an authority on such things? Is saying FEB-roo-air-y more common than FEB-you-air-y? [more inside]
In a conversation consisting entirely of English speakers, how should I pronounce the name Jorge Luis Borges? [more inside]
I'm a native speaker of English but I pronounce some words incorrectly. What other words am I pronouncing wrong? [more inside]
WastingThisWeek'sQuestionFilter: How do the locals pronounce "Cicott" in Lake Cicott, IN, USA? I've driven through that fair burg many many times in the last 25 years, and every time, I wonder the same thing. It's ambiguous from a phonetics standpoint, and Hoosiers don't seem to care a fig for phonetics anyway, when place names are involved. Please help me astound my traveling companions the next time I'm traversing beautiful Indiana.
How do you pronounce the last name of the anthropologist Peter Geschiere? [more inside]
What books/courses/web tutorials would you recommend to help me learn the Received Pronunciation (BBC) English accent? [more inside]
How best can a teacher address an ESL student's lisp or other speech impediments? [more inside]
How do you pronounce them when it's stressed? For instance, "Don't give it to me, give it to THEM." [more inside]
What celebrities (living or dead) do you consider to speak with a "standard" American accent? I'm developing a pronunciation model for use in ESL teaching. [more inside]
AccentFilter: What makes a New England accent recognizable? [more inside]
How do you pronounce the name "Georges" (for a male)?
Devanagari / Hindi pronunciation question: help an (American) English speaker figure out some of the dental consonants. [more inside]