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    Pronunciation with IPA

    Hi teachers

    I have a question about the IPA. As a non-native English speaker, we have to learn the IPA so that we can pronounce a word correctly. However, I have a difficult time sometimes when I am not sure about the order of the sound we must follow.

    For example: the short vowel sound /ə/ in the word Madam, which is written as /'mædəm/ (This is only an example, I know how to pronounce this word), I am not sure sometimes if I have to pronounce it /'mæ dəm/ or /'mæd əm/, assuming that this word is totally new to me, and I never heard of it before.


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    Re: Pronunciation with IPA

    Quote Originally Posted by danghuynh88 View Post
    I am not sure sometimes if I have to pronounce it /'mæ dəm/ or /'mæd əm/
    I don't understand what differences you hear in those two ways. The word should be pronounced as a continuous stream of sound. Don't pause between syllables.

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