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    Hi Everybody,

    I always hear native speakers who seem to pronounce 'Immediately' as ɪ ˈmiː dʒ li, but in the dictionary they teach us to pronounce ɪ ˈmiːd i‿ət li, please let me know which one is more common? Thanks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Williamyh View Post
    Hi Everybody,

    I always hear native speakers who seem to pronounce 'Immediately' as ɪ ˈmiː dʒ li, but in the dictionary they teach us to pronounce ɪ ˈmiːd i‿ət li, please let me know which one is more common? Thanks.
    I say it the second way. Should there be a /ət/ somewhere in the first? ɪ ˈmiːətli ?

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    Isn't it an AmE vs Br/AuE kind of problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I say it the second way. Should there be a /ət/ somewhere in the first? ɪ ˈmiːətli ?
    Sometimes when I watch the British Episodes /Movies, some british men would pronounce like a "j" sound after ɪ ˈmiː, I wonder if you have heard about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Williamyh View Post
    Sometimes when I watch the British Episodes /Movies, some british men would pronounce like a "j" sound after ɪ ˈmiː, I wonder if you have heard about that.
    Yes, but they'd still have a /t/ sound in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes, but they'd still have a /t/ sound in it.
    Thanks Raymott. Do you know any other country people would pronounce /j/ sound, not only british, right? Also sometimes I can't hear people would pronounce /t/ sound obviously, is it a glottal stop?

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    Default Re: Pronunciation - Immediately?

    Quote Originally Posted by Williamyh View Post
    Thanks Raymott. Do you know any other country people would pronounce /j/ sound, not only british, right? Also sometimes I can't hear people would pronounce /t/ sound obviously, is it a glottal stop?
    Possibly a glottal stop, but more likely an unreleased, unaspirated /t/ before /li/.

    The tongue tip is in the same place fot /t/ as for the following /li/, so the /t/ isn't released, and you might not hear it.

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