Pronunciation of “tag” in American English

I have heard some American English speakers saying the word "tag" like [tεg], but the [ɛ] vowel is somewhat lengthened. Is that a specific regional accent? I can’t find this pronunciation on standard dictionaries. Answer You’re right; some American accents raise the vowel /æ/ to [ɛ] and even to [e] before a /g/: In New … Read more

Is there a Russian accent in my pronunciation of “lee”?

My first language is Russian. I tried to learn American English pronunciation of the word "lee" and other words containing / li / sound, like "delete". When I compared the recording of my voice with the given example of correct pronunciation, they sounded quite different. My pronunciation sounded like / li /, and the correct … Read more

“Law” vs “Lawyer” pronunciation, why is the “law” part sometimes pronounced differently?

So I’ve recently watched "Crazy Ex Girlfriend" (which is set in SoCal), and I’ve noticed everyone there pronounced "Law" and "Lawyer" differently, which was really interesting. To my ears, their pronunciation of "Lawyer" has a darker, probably more rounded sound. I checked on youglish and some speakers didn’t make the difference. I don’t know if … Read more

US-American pronunciation of ‘e’

Since quite some time I get the impression, that especially in US-American, spoken english the pronunciation of ‘e’ (as in ‘best’ — /ɛ/) seems to shift towards ‘a’ (as in ‘flat’ — /æ/). Some recent examples: ‘election’ tends to be pronounced ‘elaction’ or even ‘alaction’ ‘best friends’ tends to be pronounced ‘bast frands’ Is it … Read more

Is it a very common and recognized way to pronounce the word “opposite” /ˈɑː.pə.sɪt/?

Cambridge Dictionary gives an IPA /ˈɑː.pə.zɪt/ for the word “opposite”, which totally fits with what I know. This American kindergarten teacher in the YouTube video titled: Antonym Rap: Reviewing Words with Opposite Meanings is pronouncing opposite /ˈɑː.pə.sɪt/, the difference is the pronunciation of “s” in the word. Is it a very common and recognized way … Read more

American pronunciation of “second” (edited)

I’m learning American English with some online classes, and the instructor says that the 2nd vowel ‘o’ of “second” sounds like “/e/” in everyday conversation (e.g. “Can I talk to you for a second?”). I’m not sure if the symbol “/e/” is right, but I put it just like I heard. I checked it using … Read more

American English pronunciation: basically or “basicly”?

Does the final “a” drop out in words like “basically”, “logically”, etc, or should I pronounce it? Answer I’ve lived in the United States my entire life. In my experience, native speakers always pronounce these words as basicly and logicly. The pronunciation basical-ly sounds distinctly foreign; in fact, in my experience, I think that the … Read more

In American English, can we flap the /d/ in the phrases “Where did”, “Where do”, “Where don’t” and “Where does”?

I am 99% sure Americans quite often flap the /d/ sound which comes right after /r/ in the phrases “Where did”, “Where do”, “Where don’t” and “Where does” (I am talking about the initial /d/’s), and I always flap the /d/ in those phrases; but now I somehow couldn’t be completely sure that Americans do … Read more