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    Hi, I have a hard time pronoucing this word. I pronounce it "FEDUROL" I seem to be understood by other speakers;but, I could be wrong. thanks for you input.

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    I wouldn't use a rounded 'o' sound; more of an unstressed (schwa) sound- 'fedurul'. It os often cut to two syllables- 'fedrul'.

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    The second "e" and the "a" both receive a schwa vowel sound.


    fed'r'l


    federal


    federal

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    Do you articulate all three syllables in connected speech?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Do you articulate all three syllables in connected speech?

    I would say no.

    I use the second one. fed·er·al http://dictionary.reference.com/search?r=8&q=federal


    I might use the first one, but I doubt it. It's hard to say.

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    I'd get it down to 2 in connected speech.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I'd get it down to 2 in connected speech.

    I thought you might've been more careful than that.



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    Naaah!

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