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    Question Week days pronuntiation - Confusing dictionary

    Hello,

    I have the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Windows program.

    We have noticed that at the British pronunciation
    sais:

    Monday 'mʌndei
    Tuesday 'tju:zdi, !!!!!!
    Wednesday 'wenzdei
    Thursday ˈθɜːzdei
    Friday ˈfraɪdei
    Saturday ˈsætədi !!!!!!
    Sunday ˈsʌndei

    I know that both pronunciations are correct ("di" and "dei") but
    if I know well, one should not mix them like above.

    I think when they (the Longman crew) recorded the sounds of the week maybe the person was different or he/she forgot the previous pronunciation.

    However my father says that we should pronounce the day of the weeks just the way the Longman pronounces in the program - in mixed way. He says this can't be a mistake.

    Which one is true?

    Thank you in advance

    Zsolt Csillag

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    Default Re: Week days pronuntiation - Confusing dictionary

    One of the best dictionaries, Macmillan, says: [dei] for each day of the week:

    Monday
    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    Thursday
    Friday
    Saturday
    Sunday

    It is always [dei].

    (Szia, minden jot,)

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    Default Re: Week days pronuntiation - Confusing dictionary

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad-ox View Post
    It is always [dei].
    Not always. From List of words of disputed pronunciation - D (phonetics are here List of words of disputed pronunciation: Information from Answers.com):
    day in names of days of the week - (1) <di> (2) <dei>
    Traditionally (1) is preferred, but in many areas (2) is preferred, especially when the word carries phrasal stress, so the difference is primarily regional.

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    Default Re: Week days pronuntiation - Confusing dictionary

    Thanks for the answers, but my primary question was : Can I mix the two kind of pronunciations as in my first letter or not.

    In other words:

    Can I say 'mʌndei and 'tju:zdi ? (As I stated previously this was the case in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English).

    I think if I recite the days I should either say 'mʌndei and 'tju:zdei Or 'mʌndi and 'tju:zdi.

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    Default Re: Week days pronuntiation - Confusing dictionary

    Hi,

    I do not want to start a polemic but in both the Oxford and Macmillan dictionaries it always appears [dei]. However, even if in some regions it is accepted other pronounciations, too, you should never mix the types.

    Madox

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