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    Question Pronunciation rule for every English word

    Hi,

    With using English, it is inevitable we will encounter some unknown words, and when it happens the first action is to find the definition or pronunciation in the Oxford dictionary.

    But I may also search such words many times because forgot the exact pronunciation.

    So, I want to know if there is any pronunciation rules for every English word?
    My intention is to say every word clearly and exactly even without knowing the exact definition first. This may help to remember it more easily.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Pronunciation rule for every English word

    There are no rules for pronunciation of every English word.

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    Re: Pronunciation rule for every English word

    It's one of the most wonderful, and infuriating, things about the English language!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Pronunciation rule for every English word

    We can't even decide amongst ourselves how to pronounce some words. Ask people how they pronounce "pecan" and you could start a fight.

    And what the BrE speakers do to "schedule" is another!

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    Re: Pronunciation rule for every English word

    Shed yule?

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    Re: Pronunciation rule for every English word

    Why TTS (Text To Speech) software can speak any words??? Is it based on some rules????

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    Re: Pronunciation rule for every English word

    I have not found TTS to be infallible. But it is probably not based on rules; it is probably based on phonetic entries in dictionaries. And they don't always agree.

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    Re: Pronunciation rule for every English word

    Quote Originally Posted by fenglish View Post
    Why/How can TTS (Text To Speech) software can speak pronounce any words word? ??? Is it based on some rules? ???
    Like Mike, I think TTS services base their pronunciation on information they have been given or programmed with, or they instantly search an inbuilt dictionary and take the pronunciation from there. I think if you gave them a string of letters that doesn't appear in any dictionary, they would simply pronounce it phonetically which, as we all know, doesn't work for many English words.

    Referring to "schedule", I can only assume that BrE pronounce it "sh" at the beginning because we take so much pronunciation from German, in which "Sch" is pronounced "sh". We take the pronunciation of one word we know and apply its "rule" to other words. One of my biggest bugbears with that particular sound is "bruschetta" - almost everyone in this country asks for "broo-shetter" in an Italian restaurant, despite the fact that it should be "bru-sketta". They're using the German pronunciation of "sch" and applying it to an Italian word. Don't get me wrong - I don't pretend for one instant that the majority of speakers spend even a nano-second considering the origin a word before trying to pronounce it! I imagine many BrE speakers only know how to pronounce "Sch" because of the film "Schindler's List".
    Another offender is "ratatouille". Most English speakers will say "Rat-a-too-eee" (not helped, this time, by the fact that it was pronounced that way in the animated film of the same name!). Because there are no pronunciation rules in English, we try to pronounce foreign words phonetically. To most Brits, the word "ratatouille" looks like it has far too many letters to simply be "rat-a-twee".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Pronunciation rule for every English word

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Don't get me wrong - I don't pretend for one instant that the majority of speakers spend even a nano-second considering the origin a word before trying to pronounce it!
    I am not a teacher.

    I agree with that if it's an English word or one that was adopted into the language long ago, but for more recent words that are clearly of foreign origin, I think some thought is given to it.

    As for the sked yule/shed yule debate, the word comes from Latin via the old French word cdule, which has no 'k' sound in it, so the BrE pronunciation can easily be defended. Having said that, the other pronunciation is very common even in England, and these things have a tendency to evolve on their own.

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    Re: Pronunciation rule for every English word

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    ... so the BrE pronunciation can easily be defended.
    Not many shools have done it though.

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