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    Default Should I follow American accent of Scott?

    I would pronounce Scott as [Skot], which is my boss's first name, but a Chinese co-worker told me the other people call him [Sgat] -the American accent.

    Should I have to follow the American accent? I prefer [Skot].

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    Default Re: Should I follow American accent of Scott?

    People's names are important to them. I normally try to pronounce them as closely as I can to the way the people themselves pronounce them.

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    Default Re: Should I follow American accent of Scott?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    I would pronounce Scott as [Skot], which is my boss's first name, but a Chinese co-worker told me the other people call him [Sgat] -the American accent.

    Should I have to follow the American accent? I prefer [Skot].

    Thank you!
    Daffodil, I beg to differ with your co-worker but Scott in AmE is [Skot].

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    Thank you for your helpful replies.

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    Default Re: Should I follow American accent of Scott?

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    Daffodil, I beg to differ with your co-worker but Scott in AmE is [Skot].
    Well, after having lived in the US for many years, I thought Americans tend to pronounce such words a bit differently. Take the word "cop", for example. Don't Americans say "k ah p", as opposed to simply "k o p" in BrE? I guess this is what the threadstarter means. I'm pretty sure that most Americans say "Sk ah t". Correct me if I'm wrong.

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    Default Re: Should I follow American accent of Scott?

    I'd advise you to pronounce this name based on which accent you personally follow. Over the years I have managed to master both accents and I can easily switch between them depending on whom I am speaking with. American English with its rhoticity and ah-vowelling (if I may say so) is a pretty succulent variant of English, and lately I've been tempted to speak with an American accent to my students.

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    Default Re: Should I follow American accent of Scott?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    Well, after having lived in the US for many years, I thought Americans tend to pronounce such words a bit differently. Take the word "cop", for example. Don't Americans say "k ah p", as opposed to simply "k o p" in BrE? I guess this is what the threadstarter means. I'm pretty sure that most Americans say "Sk ah t". Correct me if I'm wrong.
    Even in England there are different regions for this vowel. Compare "hot" in various regions of the UK and other English-speaking places.

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    Default Re: Should I follow American accent of Scott?

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    Daffodil, I beg to differ with your co-worker but Scott in AmE is [Skot].
    Not for everybody apparently - see this link
    Pronounce Names - Pronounce Scott, How to pronounce Scott, How to pronounce the name Scott, Pronunciation of Scott, how to say Scott, how to say the name Scott

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    Default Re: Should I follow American accent of Scott?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    I would pronounce Scott as [Skot], which is my boss's first name, but a Chinese co-worker told me the other people call him [Sgat] -the American accent.

    Should I have to follow the American accent? I prefer [Skot].

    Thank you!
    The consonant cluster "sg" is not permitted in the onset or the coda of any English vowels. Consonant + o + Consonant = AH sound (a simple phonics trick).

    I have just checked what velar consonant phonemes exist in Chinese. Unfortunately, /g/ doesn't exist; this explains why you hear /g/ in Scott :)

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