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    Hello.

    I've been studying english for a long time, but I really don't know how to pronounce "can't" correct.
    I heard there're several versions AmE and BrE. Is it the truth?

    I could explain how I pronounce this word if you want to know it.
    I'll be grateful if you give me a site, where I can hear a pronounciation of words. I prefer study American English pronounciation.

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by Boris Tatarenko; 12-Oct-2013 at 10:38.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    Default Re: how to pronounce "can't"

    In BrE, there is more than one pronunciation and they're usually regional. I'm from the south-east of the UK and when I say it, it sounds like "car-nt" (note that the "r" is not heard). My flatmate who is from the Midlands (Birmingham area) says it like "can-t" (so it rhymes with "rant). There is no break where I have put the hyphen in either word, it's just to make the first sound clear.

    Many words with an "a" in the middle have regional variations in BrE. Here are a few with at least two different pronunciations:

    - Bath
    - Grass
    - Plant
    - Glass
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    I try to pronounce words like she.
    I guess there's huge diffrenece between AmE and BrE.

    If I compare your post (your way to pronounce "can't") with her video (her way). It seems to me that you're talking in diffireneces languages.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    Default Re: how to pronounce "can't"

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post


    I try to pronounce words like she.
    I guess there's huge diffrenece between AmE and BrE.

    If I compare your post (your way to pronounce "can't") with her video (her way). It seems to me that you're talking in diffireneces languages.
    In the video 0.19.., Rachel said "..most Americans when they're speaking everyday speech --t-- don't release final T's".
    Does " release" mean" pronounce ?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: how to pronounce "can't"

    Yes.

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    Default Re: how to pronounce "can't"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Yes.
    Thanks Rover

    However, I can hear cleary the final T's on ?can't?????????????can't? and can't - definition in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

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    Default Re: how to pronounce "can't"

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Does " release" mean" pronounce ?

    Thanks.
    No, it doesn't.
    This is more obvious with, say, 'n'. You can say 'nnnnnnnnnn', which is pronouncing it, but you haven't released it until you take your tongue away from the alveolar margin. For a /t/, /k/, /p/ almost all of the pronunciation is in the release.

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    Default Re: how to pronounce "can't"

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post


    I try to pronounce words like she.
    I guess there's huge diffrenece between AmE and BrE.

    If I compare your post (your way to pronounce "can't") with her video (her way). It seems to me that you're talking in diffireneces languages.
    The video is very good for AmE pronunciation of these two words.

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    Default Re: how to pronounce "can't"

    It's all very well for Americans not to pronounce the /t/ if they can do it and be understood. There are many subtle phonetic variations from the standard that are acceptable only because they are understandable. If you are not a native speaker, you should say the /t/. It's far more important that you are understood than that you drop the 't' on 'can't'.

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    Default Re: how to pronounce "can't"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It's all very well for Americans not to pronounce the /t/ if they can do it and be understood. There are many subtle phonetic variations from the standard that are acceptable only because they are understandable. If you are not a native speaker, you should say the /t/. It's far more important that you are understood than that you drop the 't' on 'can't'.
    Strongly agree with Raymott. The first thing is to make sure people understand what you say.

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