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    Hi All,

    I don't know how to pronounce the letter of "W" correctly. In my country, I always hear people say "Dub Bee U".....but I checked some British dictionaries and the internet, they said the correct pronunication is "Double U"....Recently I checked one American Dictionary, the pronunication is similar to my country "Dub Be U", can any native speaker tell me how to pronounce "W" correctly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yiuho View Post
    Hi All,

    I don't know how to pronounce the letter of "W" correctly. In my country, I always hear people say "Dub Bee U".....but I checked some British dictionaries and the internet, they said the correct pronunication is "Double U"....Recently I checked one American Dictionary, the pronunication is similar to my country "Dub Be U", can any native speaker tell me how to pronounce "W" correctly?

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    Hi William

    The letter <W> has 3 syllables and is pronounced [dʌ'bl'ju:].

    [ʌ] as in up
    [ju:] as in you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Hi William

    The letter <W> has 3 syllables and is pronounced [dʌ'bl'ju:].

    [ʌ] as in up
    [ju:] as in you
    The pronunciation of W is combined with Double and U, right? I understand there are 3 syllables, but I wanted to know if any people say "Doubee u"? As I hear some native speakers say "Doubee u" and the American talking Dictionary - Webster also pronounces "Doubee u" but not in British Dictionaries....anybody can explain it? Thanks.

    doubl|e ˈdʌb ə l


    U, u juː (= you)



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    Quote Originally Posted by yiuho View Post
    As I hear some native speakers say "Doubee u" and the American talking Dictionary - Webster also pronounces "Doubee u" but not in British Dictionaries....anybody can explain it?
    I've listened to Webster's and I don't hear "doubee'u". Sorry. What you're hearing appears to be a variant.

    What's the link to your UK dictionary?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    I've listened to Webster's and I don't hear "doubee'u". Sorry. What you're hearing appears to be a variant.

    What's the link to your UK dictionary?

    I mean the CD versions of the UK dictionaries and the Webster's. Perhaps the web version has different pronunciation....

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    Quote Originally Posted by yiuho View Post
    I mean the CD versions of the UK dictionaries and the Webster's. Perhaps the web version has different pronunciation....
    Oh, I see. The phonetics are as follows: the [l] of [dʌ'bl'ju:] is omitted and so [j] turns into its vocalic counterpart [i], giving the sound [i:]--your <ee> in Dou'bee'u:

    [dʌ'bl'ju:] -> [dʌ'bi'u:]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Oh, I see. The phonetics are as follows: the [l] of [dʌ'bl'ju:] is omitted and so [j] turns into its vocalic counterpart [i], giving the sound [i:]--your <ee> in Dou'bee'u:

    [dʌ'bl'ju:] -> [dʌ'bi'u:]
    Yes, this is what I mean. You are native speaker, I'd like to know do you hear people say Dou'bee'u in your country?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yiuho View Post
    Yes, this is what I mean. You are native speaker, I'd like to know do you hear people say Dou'bee'u in your country?
    No, not that I can recall, but I have heard the pronunciation from people who live the southern parts of the States.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    No, not that I can recall, but I have heard the pronunciation from people who live the southern parts of the States.
    That's why George W. Bush was known to some as 'Dubbya'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    That's why George W. Bush was known to some as 'Dubbya'.

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    Hi All,

    Click on and listen the following link: Do you think the guy say "Dub bee u"?

    http://www.supload.com/listen?s=oPCpeX
    Last edited by Williamyh; 25-Nov-2009 at 06:42.

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