– American English Pronunciation –

– ( Letter A:  Af ) –


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The pronunciations are not Universal as there are many different dialects of the English language, both world-wide and throughout America. The pronunciations that are presented here are based upon a combination of both common usage and the most neutral accent used in The International Common Tongue.

Af

 

Aa . Ab . Ac . Ad . Ag . Ah . Ai . Aj . Ak . Al . Am . An . Ap . Aq . Ar . As . At . Au . Av . Aw

 

Affair
– For this word, the “A” turns into a u-schwa, the “ff” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “f” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the “ai” combination is pronounced like the a “Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it) – (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/uh-FAYR//ə(ʌ).ˈfeɪɹ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Affect
– For this word, the “A” turns into a u-schwa, the “ff” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “f” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “e” is short, the “c” is hard but is (often) stopped

/uh-FEH[K]-t//ə(ʌ).ˈfɛ[k].t/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “t” ending acts as a third syllable

 

Affection
– For this word, the “A” turns into a u-schwa, the “ff” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “f” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “e” is short, the “c” is hard, and for the “-tion” suffix – the “ti” combination is pronounced like the un-voiced “sh” combination, and the “o” turns into an i-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/uh-FEHK-shihn//ə(ʌ).ˈfɛk.ʃə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Affiliation
– For this word, the “A” turns into a u-schwa, the “ff” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “f” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the first “i” is short, the second “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, the “a’ is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, and for the “-tion” suffix – the “ti” combination is pronounced like the un-voiced “sh” combination, and the “o” turns into an i-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/uh-fih-lee-AY-shihn//ə(ʌ).ˌfɪ.liː.ˈeiː.ʃə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that there is a minor stress on the second syllable and that the major stress is on the fourth syllable

 

Afford
– For this word, the “A” turns into a u-schwa, the “ff” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “f” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “o” is long, and the final “d” is (often) stopped

/uh-FOHR-[d]//ə(ʌ).ˈfoɹ.[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “d” ending acts as a third syllable

 

Affordable
.– For this word, the “A” turns into a true-schwa, the “ff” combination is pronounced simply as the single letter “f”, the “o” is long, the “d” is a flap-d, and for the “-able” suffix – the “a” turns into a u-schwa, there is a phantom-schwa in-between the “b” and the “l” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to another), and the final “e” is silent (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/ə-FOHR-duh-bəl//ə.ˈfoɹ.də(ʌ).bəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Afraid
– For this word, the “A” turns into a u-schwa, the “ai” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/uh-FRAY[D]//ə(ʌ).ˈfɹeiː[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “d” ending acts as a third syllable

 

Africa
– For this word, the “A” is short, the “i” is an i-schwa, the “c” is hard, the final “a” turns into a u-schwa

/æ-frih-kuh//ˈæ.fɹə(ɪ).kə(ʌ)/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

African
– For this word, the “A” is short, the “i” is an i-schwa, the “c” is hard, and the second “a” turns into an i-schwa

/æ-frih-kihn//ˈæ.fɹə(ɪ).kə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Africans
– For this word, the “A” is short, the “i” is an i-schwa, the “c” is hard, the second “a” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/æ-frih-kihn-z//ˈæ.fɹə(ɪ).kə(ɪ)n.z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “z” ending acts as a fourth syllable

 

After
– For this word, the “A” is short, and for the “-er” suffix – the “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/æF-t’r//ˈæf.tɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Afternoon
– For this word, the “A” is short, the “e” disappears, and the “oo” combination is pronounced like the long letter “u” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/æf-t’r-NOON//ˌæf.tɚˈnun/ – Notice also that there is a minor stress on the first syllable and that the major stress is on the third syllable

 

Afterwards
– For this word, the “A” is short, and the “e” disappears, the second “a” disappears, the “d” is (often) stopped, and the final “z” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/æF-t’r-w’r[d]-z//ˈæf.tɚ.wɚ[d].z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “dz” ending (even when the “d” is stopped) acts as a fourth syllable

 

 

– ( American English Pronunciation – Letter A ) –


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