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    mohammedabo is offline Junior Member
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    Re: pupil and student?

    Here is my pronunciation of ' pupil'. I hope it is better.
    https://vocaroo.com/1hdaaWGIgzKR

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    Re: pupil and student?

    Quote Originally Posted by mohammedabo View Post
    Here is my pronunciation of ' pupil'. I hope it is better.
    https://vocaroo.com/1hdaaWGIgzKR
    It's better, but you're still making an /i/ sound in the second syllable. It should be a schwa. The second syllable should be identical to the second syllable in little.
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    Re: pupil and student?

    Native speakers simply don't pronounce the last two letters of "pupil" as "-ill". Do you know how to pronounce "people"? If so, copy the pronunciation of "ple" for the end of "pupil".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Here is my modified pronunciation of pupil and student.

    It's also the final sound of total, joyful, and Rachel. Unstressed vowels in English all tend to reduce to schwas.
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    Re: Here is my modified pronunciation of pupil and student.

    Pupil is pronounced the same way in the US and UK: PYOO-pl. We do not pronounce a vowel in the second syllable.

    Student is pronounced differently in the US and UK:

    - US: STOO-dent

    - UK: STYOO-dent

    In the UK, the U sound is usually pronounced YOO when it follows a consonant.

    In the US, you'll notice that in many (not all!) of consonant-U-sound words, we say OO, not YOO.
    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: Here is my modified pronunciation of pupil and student.

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Pupil is pronounced the same way in the US and UK: PYOO-pl. We do not pronounce a vowel in the second syllable.
    There is a vowel. It's a schwa.
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