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    American and British English pronunciation key differences?

    It seems that American and British English pronunciation keys use some symbols differently. The British English pronunciation key doesn't seem to use the symbol "ε".
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    The word "let" in a British English dictionary is transcribed as "/let/" instead of "/lεt/". Is it because the "ε" sound does not occur in British English?
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    you always pronunce this letter even if you don't want to. but i don't know why sopme dictionaries write this letter but some do not
    Last edited by matilda; 07-Nov-2006 at 18:11.

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    Re: American and British English pronunciation key differences?

    I think that the symbol ε has by and large disappeared- this IPA typwriter doesn't display it: IPA Typewriter

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    Re: American and British English pronunciation key differences?

    Don't the words "make" and "late" sound different in American and Britsh English?
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    American English:
    /mek/
    /let/
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    British English:
    /meIk/
    /leIt/
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    Re: American and British English pronunciation key differences?

    In British English, you will sometimes hear something like /mek/ as well when it is unstressed.

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    Unhappy Re: American and British English pronunciation key differences?

    well, the truth I like British English, couse my cousin trained me to speak and she from london, but from wath series in the tv I was been speaking the two english and the pronunciation is really strange, so waht can i do to hide it?

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    Re: American and British English pronunciation key differences?

    Quote Originally Posted by *-*MiMi*-* View Post
    well, the truth I like British English, couse my cousin trained me to speak and she from london, but from wath series in the tv I was been speaking the two english and the pronunciation is really strange, so waht can i do to hide it?
    I wouldn't worry about hiding an accent. The most important thing is to learn to speak and understand a language fluently. I don't know about folks in the UK, but if you were to chat with Americans with a sort of combination London/American accent, they'd find it interesting, if not charming. I used to work with a man who was born and raised in the Netherlands, and moved to New Zealand as a teenager. He moved to the US while in his 30s, so his spoken English had the most delightful accent...a bizarre combination of Dutch/New Zealand/US pronunciations. To our Midwestern US ears, he sounded very cultured and "posh."

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    Re: American and British English pronunciation key differences?

    We talk of a Transatlantic accent for people who mix the two.

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