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]
posted by awfurby
on Feb 24, 2009 -
A questioning concerning Derek Zoolander's pronunciation of the term "good looking"... [more inside]
posted by Mocata
on Feb 8, 2009 -
Greek speakers needed! How do you pronounce 'κινειν' in both modern and ancient Greek? [more inside]
posted by amery
on Jan 25, 2009 -
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]
posted by Jody Tresidder
on Oct 30, 2008 -
I'm looking for historical examples of shibboleths used in electoral politics. Got any examples? [more inside]
posted by dkg
on Oct 10, 2008 -
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?
posted by cogneuro
on Sep 26, 2008 -
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.
posted by ormondsacker
on Aug 4, 2008 -
I'm looking for words which can have different meanings, depending on how they are pronounced. [more inside]
posted by booksprite
on Jun 2, 2008 -
How do you pronounce the word 'read' when used in the following context? -- 'John is dry (read: boring).'
/rɛd/ or /rid/
posted by gman
on May 29, 2008 -
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]
posted by violetk
on May 5, 2008 -
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]
posted by GoingToShopping
on Apr 5, 2008 -
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.
posted by aletheia
on Mar 22, 2008 -
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?)
posted by allterrainbrain
on Feb 7, 2008 -
What is the correct way to pronounce the name of the feminist/psychoanalytic critic Mary Jacobus? Which syllable is stressed?
posted by redfoxtail
on Feb 3, 2008 -
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]
posted by DarwinianDan
on Jan 8, 2008 -
In a conversation consisting entirely of English speakers, how should I pronounce the name Jorge Luis Borges? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van
on Jan 7, 2008 -
I'm a native speaker of English but I pronounce some words incorrectly. What other words am I pronouncing wrong? [more inside]
posted by pravit
on Dec 30, 2007 -
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.
posted by bricoleur
on Dec 6, 2007 -
What books/courses/web tutorials would you recommend to help me learn the Received Pronunciation (BBC) English accent? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry
on Nov 20, 2007 -
How best can a teacher address an ESL student's lisp or other speech impediments? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer
on Oct 23, 2007 -
How do you
when it's stressed?
For instance, "Don't give it to me, give it to THEM." [more inside]
posted by Inigo Jones
on Sep 14, 2007 -
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.
posted by strangeguitars
on Sep 4, 2007 -
Devanagari / Hindi pronunciation question: help an (American) English speaker figure out some of the dental consonants. [more inside]
posted by rkent
on May 24, 2007 -
How do you pronounce the last name Vafai? I think that it is Iranian.
posted by ND¢
on Feb 12, 2007 -
How can I most practically improve my speaking voice? In everyday conversation I often mumble, slur words or speak too fast. I am not looking on ways to become a better public speaker, but to improve the articulation and speech patterns of everyday conversation. [more inside]
posted by geoff.
on Feb 11, 2007 -
I know some people who just can’t seem to get the hang of correctly pronouncing uncommon words, no matter how many times they hear the correct way. These are intelligent, educated people, and at least one is an avid reader, but for some reason they constantly, repeatedly, stumble over certain words. Is there a name for this? [more inside]
posted by mauglir
on Jan 29, 2007 -
I am called upon, with short notice, to deliver the Address to a Haggis
. I know the words, but I want to make it sound as good as possible; can you point me to a pronunciation guide or - better - a credible recording?
posted by Wolfdog
on Jan 26, 2007 -
One of my favorite writers is Edmund Jabés. However, I have never heard anyone pronounce his name. [more inside]
posted by jimfl
on Jan 16, 2007 -
Can anyone recommend websites that would be useful for Chinese people wanting to learn English? [more inside]
posted by boosh
on Aug 18, 2006 -