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  1. Harry Smith's Avatar
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    #1

    Can't

    How is "can't" pronounced in the UK, the USA and other English speaking countries?

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    Re: Can't

    /kɑ:nt/ in BrE.

    If you can't read the symbols, the /kɑ:/ part is very similar to the first two sounds of 'card', but without any hint of a following/r/

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    #3

    Re: Can't

    I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker

    According to OALD, 8th edition, it is pronounced as /kænt/ in NAmE, which is very different from BrE.
    Last edited by AlexAD; 22-May-2011 at 19:21.

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    #4

    Re: Can't

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    According to OALD, 8th edition, it is spelled pronounced as /kænt/ in NAmE, which is very different from BrE.
    Yes. That sounds like the first part of 'canteen'.

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    #5

    Re: Can't

    Not to mention the fact that æ is longer in NAmE than in BrE (here I also quote the OALD, 8th edition).

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    #6

    Re: Can't

    The thing is that a guy in a Russian forum says that everywhere in the world is very popular /kænt/ and those who pronounce the other way speak the English, people used in the 1980s...
    Thanks very much!

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    #7

    Re: Can't

    British people in 2011 still say /kɑ:nt/, Harry.

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