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    Why and how do we pronounce a word begins with w followed by a like that?


    warm like worm

    walk
    war
    wall

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    Re: W +a

    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    W +a
    Why and how do we pronounce a word begins with w followed by a like that?


    warm like worm

    walk
    war
    wall
    (BrE, AusE)
    walk, war, wall = /wɔ:k/, / wɔ:/, / wɔ:l/
    was, want, wash, Washington = /wɒz/, /wɒnt/, /wɒʃ/
    wank, wham = /wnk/, /wm/
    waste = /weɪst/

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    Re: W +a

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    (BrE, AusE)
    walk, war, wall = /wɔ:k/, / wɔ:/, / wɔ:l/
    was, want, wash, Washington = /wɒz/, /wɒnt/, /wɒʃ/
    wank, wham = /wnk/, /wm/
    waste = /weɪst/

    There may be others.

    Thank you
    but why is warm like worm
    why isn't war pronounced as the ending sound after c in car?
    Last edited by sash2008; 13-Sep-2009 at 13:03.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    Thank you
    but why is warm lile worm
    Warm is not like worm.
    Like 'work', worm is
    /wɜ:m/

    why isn't war pronounced as the ending sound after c in car?
    Because it evolved differently.
    I'd guess that 'war' is Germanic, and 'car' is from Latin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Because it evolved differently.
    I'd guess that 'war' is Germanic, and 'car' is from Latin.

    Ok
    Many thanks.

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    Where I live, "warm" and "worm" don't sound alike.

    The vowel in warm is not like the one in barn. Warm is like like borne.

    wad rhymes with sod
    war rhymes with bore
    wan rhymes with gone

    American English. In my region.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Where I live, "warm" and "worm" don't sound alike.

    The vowel in warm is not like the one in barn. Warm is like like borne.

    wad rhymes with sod
    war rhymes with bore
    wan rhymes with gone

    American English. In my region.
    Yes
    That's what I am asking about

    (why a is pronounced like o when it is perceded by w?)

    and is it in all cases?
    I think it is not in all cases, but most of them; most of the words which begins with w followed by a are pronounced like wo not wa.
    Am I right?
    Last edited by sash2008; 13-Sep-2009 at 14:55.

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    Re: W +a

    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    Yes
    That's what I am asking about

    (why a is pronounced like o when it is preceded by w?)

    and is it in all cases?
    I think it is not in all cases, but most of them; most of the words which begins with w followed by a are proniunced like wo not wa.
    Am I right?
    No.
    Did you read my post at all sash? You seem to have. But it was only this morning. You can't possibly have forgotten by now. I have given you four different pronunciations of 'wa', with IPA symbols and examples. And Barb has given you four different examples. And 12 hours later you are asking whether 'wa' is pronounced the same in all cases. You think it isn't, but you aren't sure.
    Am I wasting my time? Is there something I'm missing?
    Last edited by Raymott; 13-Sep-2009 at 13:38.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No.
    Did you read my post at all sash? You seem to have. But it was only this morning. You can't possibly have forgotten by now. I have given you four different pronunciations of 'wa', with IPA symbols and examples. And Barb has given you four different examples. And 12 hours later you are asking whether 'wa' is pronounced the same in all cases. You think it isn't, but you aren't sure.
    Am I wasting my time? Is there something I'm missing?

    No
    I'm sorry.
    I get the point and I understood your answer and examples.
    I just saw the examples that given by mr Barb-d,
    and I comment on that because this is what I meant to ask.
    I am asking about how can I know wa is pronounced as wo and when it is not.something like a rule.
    Ok.
    Never mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    No
    I'm sorry.
    I get the point and I understood your answer and examples.
    I just saw the examples that given by mr Barb-d,
    and I comment on that because this is what I meant to ask.
    I am asking about how can I know wa is pronounced as wo and when it is not.something like a rule.
    Ok.
    Never mind.
    OK, I didn't intend to be mean. I know you are learning the language.
    I'll make a suggestion, if I may. A better way of asking a follow-up question might be to acknowledge the answers you have been given, and then to ask your new questions. For example "OK, there are several ways of saying 'wa'. How do I know which one to use?" Try not to ask questions again that people have already put some effort into answering already, Like:
    (why a is pronounced like o when it is preceded by w?) and is it in all cases?
    I am trying to help you, so I hope you take this lesson in the spirit in which I intend it.

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