Hi all, I have found great difficulty getting the proper pronunciation of the sound "ae".
This is my transcript for the audio in Improve English Pronunciation with free podcast
[bɛæd] [bɛd] / [beɛd]
[kɛænə] [kn]/ [kən]
The "æ" he made is usually a [ɛæ] sound for me. The [ɛ] is very short, but it is clear a diphthong instead of a long vowel. Sometimes the [ɛ] is higher and close to [e], so it sounds like [eæ]. In the word "hat", it even sounds like a long [ɛ:] more than [ɛæ].
The "ɛ" sound is a short sound and is sometimes higher than [ɛ]. I should be a sound between [e] and [ɛ]. Sometimes [e] sometimes [ɛ], and in the word "ken", it seems disappeared.
This is not the only pronunciation I have heard.
In Fat Definition | Definition of Fat at Dictionary.com, there are two different pronunciation for "fat", the first one is [fɛæt], the second is a clear [fæt].
In Man Definition | Definition of Man at Dictionary.com, there are also two different pronunciation, [meən] and [mæn].
I think the "American ae" may be script as [ɛ̥æː](you need IPA font to display this symbol). It is a voiceless [ɛ] follewed by a long [æ]. It's also a tense sound. There exist more than one pronunciation for "ae", but the dictionary marks no difference. I'd like to know if I should obey the dictionary?