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  • Words that American English Speakers Pronounce Differently than the Rest of the World

    There are big differences between the way American English speakers pronounce words compared to either Britain or Australia speakers – all of which are English-speaking countries.  If you learnt English at school as a second language you probably will have been taught British English.  General English pronunciation is used the most on American major television programs and is more commonly spoken by American English speakers.  At British language schools they teach ‘Received Pronunciation’ with an accent similar to those who attended Oxford and Cambridge universities.  The majority of British people speak with local accents and these can vary tremendously between county to county and whether you are speaking to a person from the North of England or from the South of England.

     

    Vitamin

    In American English it is pronounced vite-a-min

    In British English it is pronounced vit-a-min

     

    Mobile

    In American it is pronounced moh-buhl

    In British English it is pronounced moh-bye-ul

     

    Vase

    In American English it rhymes with maze

    In British English it rhymes with Mars

     

    Zebra

    In American English it is pronounced zee-bra

    In British English it is pronounced zeh-bra

     

    Leisure

    In American English it is pronounced lee-zhuhr

    In British English it is pronounced lezh-uh

     

    Route

    In American English it is pronounced rout

    In British English it is pronounced root

     

    Privacy

    In American English it is pronounced prai-vuh-see

    In British English it is pronounced priv-uh-see

     

    Yoghurt

    In American English it is pronounced yog-gurt

    In British English it is pronounced yog-uht

     

    Amen

    In American English it is pronounced ay-men

    In British English it is pronounced ah-men

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    Medicine

    In American English it is pronounced med-ee-suhn

    In British English it is pronounced med-suhn

     

    Pasta

    In American English it is pronounced par-stuh

    In British English it is pronounced pas-tuh

     

    Either

    In American English it is pronounced ee-thuhr

    In British English it is pronounced eye-thuh

     

    Neither

    In American English it is pronounced nee-thuh

    In British English it is pronounced nigh-thuh

     

    Vendor

    In American English it is pronounced ven-door

    In British English it is pronounced ven-duh

     

    Scone

    In American English it is pronounced skohn

    In British English it is pronounced skon

     

    Patent

    In American English it is pronounced pat-uhnt

    In British English it is pronounced pay-tuhnt

     

    Produce

    In American English it is pronounced proh-joos

    In British English it is pronounced prod-joos

     

    Garage

    In American English it is pronounced ga-raj

    In Australian English it is pronounced garr-arge

     

    Ballet

    In American English it is pronounced ba-lay

    In Australian English it is pronounced bal-lay

     

    Tuna

    In American English it is pronounced toon-a

    In Australian English (and also British English) it is pronounced tune-ar

     

    Coffee

    In America it is pronounced kaw-fee

    In Australian English (and also British English) it is pronounced kough-ee

     

    Buoy

    In American English it is pronounced boo-ee

    In Australian and British English it is pronounced bo-y

     

    Car

    In American English it is pronounced ka-r

    In British English it is pronounced ka-

     

    Parliament

    In American English it is pronounced par-luh-muhnt

    In British English it is pronounced par-li-muhnt

     

    The advantages of speaking with both British English Speakers and American English Speakers or even Australian English speakers are that you have the practice of listening and understanding different accents.  Sometimes the decision as to which pronunciation you want to learn is whether you are visiting America, England or Australia or which accent you find easier to learn or which accent your friends are learning. 

     

     

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