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    Default Questions on Pronounciation

    I'm confused on how to pronounce the prefix con (eg. contempt, conglomerate). Is it pronounced as kən/ kuhn or as something like "corn".

    I'm also confused with the prefix sub (eg. substantially) səb or what?

    And then there's the th sound. I know that there are 2 th sounds; the voiceless and voiced, how do you know which to use?

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    Default Re: Questions on Pronounciation

    Please ask unrelated questions in separate threads.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kyoma View Post
    I'm confused on how to pronounce the prefix con (eg. contempt, conglomerate). Is it pronounced as kən/ kuhn or as something like "corn".
    The first. I can't think of a word in which "con-" would be pronouced like "corn".
    I'm also confused with the prefix sub (eg. substantially) səb or what?
    /sʌb/. Devoicing is possible before a voiceless consonant.
    And then there's the th sound. I know that there are 2 th sounds; the voiceless and voiced, how do you know which to use?
    You have to learn. There is no easy way around it. Listen to how native speakers pronounce the words that have "th" and try to remember. You can also look these pronunciations up in dictionaries.

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    Default Re: Questions on Pronounciation

    Quote Originally Posted by Kyoma View Post
    And then there's the th sound. I know that there are 2 th sounds; the voiceless and voiced, how do you know which to use?
    This may help you decide on the pronunciation.

    http://world.hanyang.ac.kr/~kentlee/...s/th.rules.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by mara_ce View Post
    This may help you decide on the pronunciation.

    http://world.hanyang.ac.kr/~kentlee/app/docs/th.rules.pdf
    Mara, does you computer display the file correctly? My Acrobat Reader gives me an error.

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    Default Re: Questions on Pronounciation

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Mara, does you computer display the file correctly? My Acrobat Reader gives me an error.
    Try opening Acrobat first from your desktop, and then click on the link.

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    Default Re: Questions on Pronounciation

    Yes, it does. I googled it. Its the first PDF here

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    Default Re: Questions on Pronounciation

    Interestingly, it displays correctly after I click it again. I tried it on two computers with two different versions of AR and it worked both times. Funny.

    It's a good guide. Thanks, mara.

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    Default Re: Questions on Pronounciation

    How about pronouncing con as kɒn? (eg. conscience)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyoma View Post
    How about pronouncing con as kɒn? (eg. conscience)
    “Conglomerate” and “contempt” are pronounced /kən/ because the first syllable is not stressed.
    /kənˈglɒm.ər.ət/ …. /kənˈtemp t/

    If you compare “contempt” with “contemplation”, youll see that “contemplation” is pronounced /ˌkɒn / because that syllable carries a secondary accent.
    /kənˈtemp t/ … /ˌkɒn.təmˈpleɪ.ʃən/

    “Conscience” is pronounced /ˈkɒn/ because the stress is on the first syllable.
    /ˈkɒn.t ʃənt s/

    When youre in doubt, Id suggest consulting a dictionary like this one.
    Last edited by mara_ce; 19-Jul-2011 at 20:41.

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