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    Exclamation Pronunciation of "August"

    Hi,

    What is the correct pronunciatio of the word "August"?

    What is the first sound in "August"?

    Is it...// or /:/ or /u:/...?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of "August"

    To me, it sounds like /a/; in Britain, it would be /ɔː/.

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of "August"

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    To me, it sounds like /a/; in Britain, it would be /ɔː/.
    Sorry, but in place of a phonetic symbol, I can only see a square box with a colon between the hyphens. Out of the 3 symbols which I have posted, none of the them stands for the correct sound for "au" in august??

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of "August"

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Sorry, but in place of a phonetic symbol, I can only see a square box with a colon between the hyphens. Out of the 3 symbols which I have posted, none of the them stands for the correct sound for "au" in august??
    The first sound in August in most varieties of English is 'or' as in 'pork', 'more', 'saw' which is the sound of the second of kon's symbols.

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of "August"

    They are very close, but I don't know of any dialects where that is its pronunciation. Basically, the symbol I wrote is an /o:/ with a small hole in the o, almost a backward c.

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of "August"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    The first sound in August in most varieties of English is 'or' as in 'pork', 'more', 'saw' which is the sound of the second of kon's symbols.
    I have heard some Native British Speakers say the first sound in "August" as a long vowel sound /u:/ (oo as in truth, flu, etc)

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of "August"

    I think you are mistaken. I've never heard anyone say it that way. The French do, however: /ut/, août.

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of "August"

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I think you are mistaken. I've never heard anyone say it that way. The French do, however: /ut/, août.
    If you have access to the CD for "Cambridge Advanced Learners Pronunciation Dictionary" Daniel Jones.. it provides the same pronunciation, a long oo sound.

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of "August"

    It's more likely that you're not noticiing the subtle difference between /u/ and /ɔː/.

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    Default Re: Pronunciation of "August"

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    It's more likely that you're not noticiing the subtle difference between /u/ and /ɔː/.
    I will recheck and get back...

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