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    Hi there,
    Why many British say the sound of 'a' in 'traffic', 'travel' and 'balance' the same as the 'a' in 'ask' instead of 'a' in 'man'? I check the dictionary and find that the standard of 'a' in 'traffic', 'travel' and 'balance' should be 'a' in 'man' instead of 'a' in 'ask'. Pleaes help.

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    pete


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    Re: a

    If you mean 'ask' as in 'shark', 'bark', 'mark', I don't think even upper class Brits would pronounce the vowel as broadly as that.
    There is only one person in Britain I can here speaking like that, a man with a very distinctive voice and style of pronunciation, called Lyod Grossman - and he's American with a strong Bostonian accent!.
    Have you heard these pronunciations in a movie or TV show?
    Last edited by David L.; 11-Jan-2008 at 15:35.

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    #3

    Re: a

    Hi there,

    Thanks David

    I mean a lot of British would say 'travel', 'balance', 'traffic' like the 'a' in ask /a:sk/ instead of /ęsk/. Is that true?

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    pete


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    Re: a

    The pronunciation of 'ask' certainly varies. I pronounce is with the long sound as in 'shark' but others pronounce it as in Alaska: A -lAS-ka
    I'll check out the pronunciation on the website I know first, and then give you the URL so you can hear Travel etc actually pronounced.
    Be back.


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    Re: a

    travel definition - Dictionary - MSN Encarta
    Type in the word to be pronounced right at the top where it says 'dictionary' then go down a little, to the green button-like thing, and click.
    Listen to your words there then tell me how they compare.

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