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    caviar

    I'm not sure how the word "caviar" is usually pronounced in the US.

    Could you tell me how I should pronounce it.

    Like straight up, I pronounce it like in Spanish
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    Re: caviar

    Yes, except that the first 'a' is as in 'cat', not 'casa'.

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    Re: caviar

    If you want to hear native speakers of hundreds of different languages pronounce specific words, try Forvo.com.

    Here's the link to the word "caviar" spoken by two native AmE speakers. I find the second one (female) unnatural but I'm sure one of our AmE speakers will be able to tell us whether the stress is put on the third syllable in some regions.
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    Re: caviar

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If you want to hear native speakers of hundreds of different languages pronounce specific words, try Forvo.com.

    Here's the link to the word "caviar" spoken by two native AmE speakers. I find the second one (female) unnatural but I'm sure one of our AmE speakers will be able to tell us whether the stress is put on the second syllable in some regions.
    I agree. The second one sounds like someone who may have heard a language other than English at home.
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    Re: caviar

    There are several examples there with the stress on the third syllable, not on the second.
    Caviar, not caviar.

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    Re: caviar

    Both of them sound fine to my AmE ear. The 2nd one is actually closer to my pronunciation.
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    Re: caviar

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    There are several examples there with the stress on the third syllable, not on the second.
    Caviar, not caviar.
    Where I come from, the stress is on the first syllable. People either say CAV-yar (two syllables) or CAV-ee-ar (three syllables). And yes, the a in cav is iike the a in hat.
    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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