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    In a sentence that begins with "Can you....?". Can I pronounce it as "Ken Jew"?

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    The sound represented by the letter <a> in the word <can> has three pronunciations:

    [1] [ae] as in cat
    [2] [I] as in sit
    [3] [E] as in pet

    The sound represented by the letter <y> in the word <you> is pronounced [y], which is also symbolized as [j]. Both [y] and [j] represent the same sound: as in yelllow.

    Can you? [kaenju:]

    Note, <y> is not pronounced as jello or Jewish.

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