Guys, I've questions from call center agents and I couldn't come up with the most detailed explanation.
Atlantic [atlanik] or [atlantic]
printer - [prinner] or [printer]
intercontinental - [innerkonninenull] or [intercontinental]
twenty - [twennie] or [twenty]
and so on...
1. Are there rules when T should be pronounced or not when it is preceded by N? They wanna know when we omit and when we do not.
2. All new employees of all call center companies here in the Philippines undergo American Accent Training. They ask me why trainers are too strict about TH when Americans (whom they imitate) sometimes (or most of the time) pronounce (voiced TH) 'the, this, that those, they, etc' with a D, while (voiceless TH) 'three', tree. I told them that it's not always easy to some Americans to say phrases like 'RATHER THAN THE' with perfect voiced TH. Some Americans are just lazy to open their mouth or to produce TH but they surely know how. But it seemed that they were looking for more explanation. They can't see the point of being trained to be better in TH than Americans. What's worse, I have observed that some English trainers correct their colleagues about EACH AND EVERY (I mean it.) mispronounced vowel and consonant. I find it exaggerated though and too harsh in a way.
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