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    How many words in this sentence can you pronounce correctly?

    How many words in this sentence can you pronounce correctly without consulting an English dictionary with phonemic symbols?

    Colonel Nguyen possesses voluptuous suites and relishes Belizean recipes.

    Note: Nguyen ranks the 57th most common surname in the United States.
    See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of..._North_America
    Last edited by TaiwanPofLee; 11-May-2015 at 15:30. Reason: Addition of the note.

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    Re: How many words in this sentence can you pronounce correctly?

    Well, apart from Nguyen (which is not an English word), all of them, of course. It's my native language! I assume you were not directing this question at native English speakers.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How many words in this sentence can you pronounce correctly?

    Thank you for your response, Emsr2d2.

    I'm directing this question at all English speakers.

    By the way, how are you going to ascertain the pronunciation of "Nguyen"?

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    Re: How many words in this sentence can you pronounce correctly?

    Well, I have a slightly unfair advantage in that I used to work at an airport dealing with passengers of all nationalities so I already know how it's pronounced. If I had never heard it, I would probably guess at "Uhn-guy-enn" or something.
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    Re: How many words in this sentence can you pronounce correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by TaiwanPofLee View Post
    Thank you for your response, Emsr2d2.

    I'm directing this question at all English speakers.
    Yes, we can generally pronounce words without looking them up. (Ems is right, some people might look up Nguyen. But I'll just assume it's pronounced a lot like it's spelled, since there's no need for me to know for sure.)

    It's interesting that Nguyen is that common here. I like the Wiki list you posted.

    Why do you ask?
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: How many words in this sentence can you pronounce correctly?

    All of them except Nguyen. And I am not bothered by the exception.

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    Re: How many words in this sentence can you pronounce correctly?

    If I stumble across a word I don't know (doesn't happen very often), I look it up in a dictionary to find out the definition. I never look at the pronunciation, partly because I don't understand phonetic symbols but also because, even though English isn't a phonetic language, I am confident that I can make a very good guess as to its pronunciation. I honestly can't remember the last time I saw an English word and thought "Hmm, I have no idea how to pronounce that".
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    Re: How many words in this sentence can you pronounce correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Well, I have a slightly unfair advantage in that I used to work at an airport dealing with passengers of all nationalities so I already know how it's pronounced. If I had never heard it, I would probably guess at "Uhn-guy-enn" or something.
    Why don't you consult an English dictionary with phonemic symbols?

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    Re: How many words in this sentence can you pronounce correctly?

    To Charlie (#5):

    I ask because I advocate teaching and learning of phonetic symbols.
    Last edited by TaiwanPofLee; 12-May-2015 at 08:09.

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    Re: How many words in this sentence can you pronounce correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by TaiwanPofLee View Post
    Why don't you consult an English dictionary with phonemic symbols?
    Well, for a start, "Nguyen" wouldn't appear in an English dictionary (nor would an English surname). Furthermore, as I said in post #7, I can't read/understand those symbols, nor do I feel the need to know for certain how to pronounce a word, especially if I think I can make a very good guess at it on my own. If I was really stuck, I would consult Forvo and see if another native speaker had recorded a pronunciation for me to listen to.
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