Vowel Different Pronunciations According IPA

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Vowel Different Pronunciations According IPA

 

(Also Read Vowel in IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) like- Pronunciation Of Vowel “ɜ“)

  1. Pronunciation of letter ‘a’

 

In this American English pronunciation article Section, we’re going to take a look at how the letter A is pronounced.

To know exactly how a word is pronounced, you have to look up the International Phonetic Alphabet transcription of the word.

Now we’re going to look at the letter ‘A’ and all the different sounds it can represent.

  • In the word ‘exact’, it’s the æ=AA sound,                                    [ɪg ‘zækt]=exact.
  • In the word ‘father’, it’s the ɑ=AH sound.                                    [‘fɑ ðəɹ]=Father.
  • In the word ‘about’, it’s the ə=schwa, the ə=UH sound.             [ə ‘baʊt]=About.
  • In the word ‘fall’, it’s the ɔ=AW sound.                                           [fɔl]=Fall.
  • In the word ‘able’, it’s the eɪ=AY diphthong.                                [‘eɪ bəl]=Able.
  • In the word ‘share’, it’s the ɛ=EH sound.                                      [ʃɛəɹ]=Share.
  • In the word ‘private’, it’s the ɪ=IH vowel.                                      [‘pɹaɪ vɪt]=Private.

So, when you see the letter A, you can’t necessarily make assumptions about how that letter is pronounced. It’s always best to look it up in a dictionary. Or, better yet, listen with your ears open as you hear native speakers. Make note of how they pronounce particular words.

 

 

  1. Pronunciation of letter ‘e’

 

In this American English pronunciation article Section, we’re going to take a look at how this letter is pronounced.

To know for sure how a word is pronounced, you need to either hear a native speaker say the word or look up the word in a dictionary that has the International Phonetic Alphabet transcription.

Let’s take a look at the letter E.

  • In the word ‘shed’, it is the ʃ=EH, EH vowel.                                                    [ʃɛd]=shed
  • In the word ‘be’, it is the i=ee, ee vowel.                                                          [bi]=be
  • In the word ‘pretty’, it’s the ɪ=IH vowel, IH,                                                      [‘pɹɪd i]=pretty.
  • In the word ‘anthem’, it is the ə=schwa, uh, uh,                                              [æn θəm]=anthem.
  • In the word ‘sergeant’, it’s the ɑ=AH vowel. Sah,                                            [‘sɑɹ dʒənt]=sergeant.
  • In the word ‘cafe’, it is the eɪ=AY diphthong.                                                   [kæ ‘feɪ]=Cafe.

So again be careful when you see this letter in a word, you can’t make assumptions about how it is pronounced. Look it up in a dictionary, or have a native speaker say the word to you.

 

  1. Pronunciation of letter ‘i’

 

In this American English pronunciation article Section, we’re going to take a look at how this ‘ɪ’ letter is pronounced.

               Let’s take a look at the letter I.

  • In the word ‘him’, it is the ɪ=IH vowel. ɪ=Ih, ih,                                                        [hɪm]=him.
  • In the word ‘time’, it is the ‘aɪ=ai’, diphthong. ‘aɪ=Ai’,                                            [taɪm]=time.
  • In the word ‘police’, it’s the ‘i=EE’ vowel, i=ee,                                                        [pə’lis]=police.
  • In the word ‘timbre’, it’s the æ=aa vowel. æ=aa,                                                      [‘tæm bəɹ]=timbre.
  • In the word ‘senior’, it’s the j=yy’ sound.                                                                  [‘sin jəɹ]=Senior.
  • In the word ‘possible’, it’s the ə=schwa, ə=uh, uh,                                                  [‘pɑs ə əl]=possible.

 

So again when you see this letter in a word, you can’t make assumptions about how it’s pronounced. Look it up in a dictionary, or have a native speaker say the word to you.

 

 

  1. Pronunciation of letter ‘u’

 

In this American English pronunciation article Section, we’re going to take a look at how this ‘u’ letter is pronounced.

Do you know- ‘Why is the CH in Chicago pronounced differently than the CH in Choice?’

ʃ=SH vs. ʧ=CH.

Unfortunately, the sounds of American English do not correspond one-to-one with the letters of the alphabet. To know for sure how a word is pronounced, you need to either hear a native speaker say the word or look up the word in a dictionary that has the International Phonetic Alphabet transcription.

Let’s look at the letter U.

  • In the word ‘autumn’, it is the ‘ə=schwa’ sound, ə=uh, uh,                                [ɔ daəm]=autumn.
  • In the word ‘up’, it is the ʌ=UH vowel.                                                                  [ʌp]=Up.
  • In the word ‘union’, it is the ‘ju=you’ diphthong.                                                [jun jən]=Union.
  • In the word ‘bury’, the ɛ=EH vowel.                                                                      [‘bɛɹ i]=Bury.
  • In the word ‘sugar’, it is the ʊ=UH vowel.                                                            [‘ʃʊg əɹ]=Sugar.
  • In the word ‘flute’, the ‘u=oo’ as in ‘boo=bu’ vowel.                                           [flut]=Flute.
  • In the word ‘suite’, it is the w=W sound.                                                             [swit]=Suite.
  • In the word ‘minute’, it is the ɪ=IH vowel.                                                            [‘mɪn ɪt]Minute.

So when you see this letter in a word, you can’t make assumptions about how it is pronounced. Look it up in a dictionary, or have a native speaker say the word to you.

 

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