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    Everytime I hear a native speaker say 'province', I notice -vin- is pronounced as more like vən than 'vin' as in the car's VIN number.

    province?????_??_???????

    Does it sound odd for you to hear pro-VIN-ce instead of pro-vən-ce?

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    Default Re: province's vin

    AME -- ˈprɑːvəns
    BrE -- ˈprɒvɪns

    Since the page is in Chinese, I haven't been able to find the voice sample you referred to.

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    Default Re: province's vin

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    AME -- ˈprɑːvəns
    BrE -- ˈprɒvɪns

    Since the page is in Chinese, I haven't been able to find the voice sample you referred to.
    I would like to invite you to view and listen to this youtube clip:

    YouTube - China 2010 Earthquake 1 of 2 and Global Update - BBC World News 40th second and on, another at 2:20

    The British newscaster and reporter sound pronouncing 'prinvince' --the vin part as [vən] as well.

    However, if you continue viewing it, you can indeed find another reporter pronounce it closer to pro-vin-ce than to pro-vən-ce.

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    Default Re: province's vin

    Both, if I heard correctly, sounded like 'prɒvəns.

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    Default Re: province's vin

    For unstressed short i sound at the end of the word, it is not uncommon to pronounce like 'uh', especially the "in" sound. I've heard people saying both ways. To me, they're all correct.

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