Results 1 to 6 of 6
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Danish
      • Home Country:
      • Denmark
      • Current Location:
      • Denmark

    • Join Date: Jul 2008
    • Posts: 281
    #1

    "written" with "w" sound possible ?

    How do you pronounce " written" : can it also be pronounced with a slight "w" sound, or should one only pronounce "written" starting with an "r" sound ?

  1. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,627
    #2

    Re: "written" with "w" sound possible ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ph2004 View Post
    How do you pronounce " written" : can it also be pronounced with a slight "w" sound, or should one only pronounce "written" starting with an "r" sound ?
    The "w" is not sounded.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Danish
      • Home Country:
      • Denmark
      • Current Location:
      • Denmark

    • Join Date: Jul 2008
    • Posts: 281
    #3

    Re: "written" with "w" sound possible ?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The "w" is not sounded.
    Does that mean that for instance the pronunciation of "write" and "right" is exactly the same ? Or is there a slight difference ?

  2. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,627
    #4

    Re: "written" with "w" sound possible ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ph2004 View Post
    Does that mean that for instance the pronunciation of "write" and "right" is exactly the same ? Or is there a slight difference ?
    There is no difference.

  3. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,038
    #5

    Re: "written" with "w" sound possible ?

    Occasionally (very occasionally - and then for jocular effect only) a silent letter may be pronounced; but both parties to the joke (the joker and the audience) k-now it's w-rong.

    For a good example of this, try here: YouTube - The Muppet Show. British Chap - The Gnu Song (ep 519)
    (if you look further on youTube you might find the original writers singing it (Flanders and Swan)).

    b

    PS Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqgPyqyh4X4
    Last edited by BobK; 20-Oct-2009 at 12:00. Reason: Added PS

  4. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,038
    #6

    Re: "written" with "w" sound possible ?

    Afterthought. When I wrote jocular', I meant that in a loose sense. I had a teacher who always called me 'K-nowles', and after a few years it grew less than rib-tickling.

    b

Similar Threads

  1. Linking Sounds Connecting Sounds
    By PROESL in forum Pronunciation and Phonetics
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-Aug-2009, 15:41
  2. Variations of the sound /t/ in english
    By tomas_xc in forum Pronunciation and Phonetics
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 17-Jan-2009, 03:22
  3. "t" sound bewteen sound of "n" and "s/sh".
    By j4mes_bond25 in forum Pronunciation and Phonetics
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 01-Jun-2006, 10:38
  4. o AND O: sound ???
    By j4mes_bond25 in forum Pronunciation and Phonetics
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 28-Apr-2006, 14:16
  5. Copying a sound track!!!
    By amera in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 16-Feb-2006, 18:39

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •