Is the pronunciation of the letters 'ai' in the word 'pair' the same as that of the letter 'e' in the word 'pen'?
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
This is very like your 'oy' question. Just because a dipthong s transcribed as one phoneme followed by another, it doesn't mean you can just take those phonemes out of their context.
I agree- if you separate the transcription into individual sounds, you will not be pronouncing the dipthong.
Thank you for your reply, emsr2d2, Rover_KE, BobK, and Tdol.
Looking forward to guys, especially American English-speaking people, who will give a reply in the affirmative.
Last edited by TaiwanPofLee; 22-Dec-2014 at 03:31.
No, it's nothing like "pen."
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I clicked on the links to see for myself, and you're right, they do show the pronunciation for both words as /pɛn.
If, on the other hand, you click on the speaker symbol to listen to the words being pronounced (by the very unnatural sounding artificial voice) you'll notice that there is a distinct difference between the two. I think the phonetic transcription is a mistake.