I can’t find a single word that starts with the “Sa” sound in “saga”

I’ve read every word starting with “SA” in my dictionary out loud. It’s driving me crazy thinking there is only a single English word starting with what appears to be such a common syllable. Is it my Midwestern American accent? What makes “saga” special? Answer The phonetic translation of the word ‘saga’ is sɑːɡə. There … Read more

Do syllables only contain one vowel? Also Some questions on word stress

For this word: ○ recommend ○/ˌrekəˈmend/ 1) /rekə/ is the first syllable. Does it contain two vowels? ■ e is a vowel ■ ə is a vowel I thought syllables can only contain one vowel? 2) the [ ‘]symbol before /rekə/ means that /rekə/ is stressed. So why is the “o” in “reco” reduced to … Read more

unstressed syllable in the middle of the word = always schwa sound?

I’ve noticed a pattern about pronunciation of words in American English – an unstressed syllable in the middle of the word tends to have a schwa sound regardless of the actual written letter. examples: syllable – sɪləbəl sufficient – səfɪʃənt infamous – ɪnfəməs (although famous is pronounced differently) eloquent – ɛl.əˌkwənt So my questions are: … Read more

Is it possible for a word to have multiple different syllable counts? If so what is an example?

to further clarify, for example is it possible to have one word that has one pronunciation that is 2 syllables and at the same time the exact same word has another pronunciation that is 3 syllables Answer Yes, there are English words that can be pronounced with more than one syllable count. For example, comfortable … Read more

Why is the syllable division for glorious “glo-ri-ous” rather than “glor-i-ous”?

https://www.howmanysyllables.com/syllables/glorious Divide glorious into syllables: glo-ri-ous Why is it glo-ri-ous and not glor-i-ous? And shouldn’t "glo" be pronounced as glow? Which syllable division rule is used here? Answer The syllabifications from Merriam-Webster, which it seems like the program you link to uses, were settled upon over 100 years ago and most of them haven’t been … Read more