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    Santa Claus

    How do you pronounce Santa Claus?

    Especially the sound represented by au, is that the same sound as in claws and clause?

    I heard about an English teacher who teaches it's the same sound as in out, cloud, mouth. Is that correct(, too)?

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    Re: Santa Claus

    There will be some variation in how exactly the vowel is pronounced but you should say it as you say claws and clause.

    There's a US movie series called The Santa Clause, which makes a play on this homophony.

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    Re: Santa Claus

    Do I have your blessing to emulate this, manster?

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    Re: Santa Claus

    That's a typical American pronunciation. Nobody here pronounces it with the vowel in cloud.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Santa Claus

    Quote Originally Posted by Glizdka View Post
    Do I have your blessing to emulate this, manster?
    Dropping the /t/ in Santa is a distinctly American way to pronounce the word. I wouldn't recommend you do that unless your speech already adopts that particular feature of dropping /t/ after /n/.

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    #6

    Re: Santa Claus

    BrE speakers say "Claus" exactly the same as "claws" and "clause".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Santa Claus

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Dropping the /t/ in Santa is a distinctly American way to pronounce the word. I wouldn't recommend you do that unless your speech already adopts that particular feature of dropping /t/ after /n/.
    But I like my stop t's and flap t's. I'll keep them.

    By the way, Shane from coachshanesesl has a beautiful mnemonic as a piece of advice in terms of strong sounds, weak sounds, and sound cancellation.

    "Shane never lies. Don't trust that."

    Do you approve of his message?

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    #8

    Re: Santa Claus

    If you want to sound like an American, yes.

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