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    Default How to pronounce "kiosks", "masks", etc

    Hi teachers,

    Would you be able to tell me how you pronounce "kiosks"? When I pronounce "masks", I have to add an "i" to it - "masiks". Can I, in the same way, add "i" to "kiosks" and pronounce it "kiosiks"?

    I also have trouble with "-sh s", as in Irish Spring. How do you pronounce it?

    Thanks for your kind help!

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    Default Re: How to pronounce "kiosks", "masks", etc

    Quote Originally Posted by dqdqf View Post
    Would you be able to tell me how you pronounce "kiosks"? When I pronounce "masks", I have to add an "i" to it - "masiks". Can I, in the same way, add "i" to "kiosks" and pronounce it "kiosiks"?
    Speakers of some languages do find 'sk' and other English consonant clusters difficult to pronounce, but you need to practice. Adding a short vowel between the two consonants produces a word that is not natural in English. Try making long sssssss sounds and ending them sharply with p, t and k sounds.

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    Default Re: How to pronounce "kiosks", "masks", etc

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Speakers of some languages do find 'sk' and other English consonant clusters difficult to pronounce, but you need to practice. Adding a short vowel between the two consonants produces a word that is not natural in English. Try making long sssssss sounds and ending them sharply with p, t and k sounds.
    When s is before p, t, and k, I'm okay. My trouble spots are when they are pluralized, like wasps, pests, and kiosks. I would add an "i" before p, t, and k to make them "wasips", "pesits", "kiosiks". I can't think of any other way around it because if I pronounce the ending "s" the "normal" way, they would sound like "waspus", "pestus", "kioskus".

    Wonder how you say them? Thank you!

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    Default Re: How to pronounce "kiosks", "masks", etc

    Try asks pronunciation: How to pronounce asks in English

    Listen to how native speakers pronounce the word "asks" and try to repeat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Try asks pronunciation: How to pronounce asks in English

    Listen to how native speakers pronounce the word "asks" and try to repeat.
    Thanks a lot! I listened to it and it's the say same that I pronounce it =).

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    Default Re: How to pronounce "kiosks", "masks", etc

    kiosks pronunciation: How to pronounce kiosks in English
    I found the recording for "kiosks", just wanted to share with you.

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