– American English Pronunciation –

– ( Letter A:  Ag, Ah, Ai ) –


An alphabetical pronunciation guide of The Common Tongue – a.k.a. – American English Pronunciation, containing the phonetic spellings of a vast selection of common and not-so-common words in the English language, with more added daily.

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.


Aa

 

Ab – Ac . Ad – Af . Ah . Ai . Aj – Al . Am – Ao . Ap – Ar . As – Au . Av – Az

 

Again
 – For this word, the “A” turns into a u-schwa, the “g” is hard, and the “ai” combination is pronounced like the short letter “e”

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

 

Against
 – For this word, the “A” turns into a u-schwa, the “g” is hard, and the “ai” combination is pronounced like the short letter “e”, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/uh-GEHN-s[t]//ə(ʌ).ˈgɛn.s[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “st” (even when the “t” is not stopped) ending acts as a third syllable

 

Age
 – For this word, the “A” is a True Long “A”, the “g” is short, and the final “e” is silent

/ay-dʒ//e.dʒ/

 

Aged (adjective)
– For this word, the “A” is a True Long “A”, the “g” is soft, the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “d” is (sometimes) stopped

/AY-dʒih[d]//ˈe.dʒə(ɪ)[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable

 

Aged (verb)
.– For this word, the “A” is a True Long “A”, the “g” is soft, and since the root-word ends with the sound of the soft letter “g” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the final “d” is (sometimes) stopped

/ay-dʒ-[d]//e.dʒ.[d]/ – Notice also that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable

 

Agencies
 – For this word, the “A” is a True Long “A”, the “g” is soft, the “e” turns into an i-schwa, the “c” is soft, the “ie” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/AY-dʒihn-seez//ˈe.dʒə(ɪ)n.siːz/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Agency
 – For this word, the “A” is a True Long “A”, the “g” is soft, the “e” turns into an i-schwa, the “c” is soft, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/AY-dʒihn-see//ˈe.dʒə(ɪ)n.siː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Agenda
 – For this word, the “A” turns into a u-schwa, the “g” is soft, the “e” is short, and the final “a” turns into a u-schwa

/uh-dʒEHN-duh//ə(ʌ).ˈdʒɛm.də(ʌ)/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Agent
 – For this word, the “A” is a True Long “A”, the “g” is soft, and for the “-ent” suffix – the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “t” is (often) stopped (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/AY-dʒihn-[t]//ˈe.dʒə(ɪ).[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable

 

Agents
 – For this word, the “A” is a True Long “A”, the “g” is soft, and for the “-ent” suffix – the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “t” is
(often) stopped (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

– /AY-dʒə(ɪ)n-ts/ – /ˈe.dʒə(ɪ)n.ts/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “ts” ending acts as a third syllable

 

Ages
 – For this word, the “A” is a True Long “A”, the “g” is soft, the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “s” is pronounced like the letter “z”

– /AY-dʒə(ɪ)z/ – /ˈe.dʒə(ɪ)z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Aggression
 – For this word, the “A” turns into a true-schwa, the “gg” combination is pronounced like the single hard letter “g” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “e” is short, and the first “s” merges with the “-sion” suffix, and for the “-ssion” suffix – the “ssi” combination is pronounced like the un-voiced “sh” combination, and the “o” turns into an i-schwa (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/ə-GREH-shihn//ə.ˈgɹɛ.ʃə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Aggressive
 – For this word, the “A” turns into a u-schwa, the “gg” combination is pronounced simply like the single hard letter “g” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), for the “-ess” suffix – the “e” is short, and the final “ss” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “s” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this suffix in The Common Tongue), and for the “-ive” suffix – the “i” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “e” is silent (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/uh-GREH-sihv//ə(ʌ)ˈgɹɛ.sə(ɪ)v/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Aging
 – For this word, the “A” is a True Long “A”, the first “g” is soft, and the “-ing” suffix is pronounced like in the word “sing” or “ring” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/AY-dʒing//ˈe.dʒɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Ago
 – For this word, the “A” turns into a u-schwa, the “g” is hard, and the final “o” is long

/uh-go//ə(ʌ).go/ –

 

Agree
 – For this word, the “A” turns into a u-schwa, the “g” is hard, and the “ee” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/uh-GREE//ə(ʌ)ˈgɹiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Agreeable
.– For this word, the “A” turns into a u-schwa, the “g” is hard, the “ee” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), 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)

– /uh-GREE-ub-bəl/ – /ə(ʌ).ˈɡriː.ə(ʌ).bəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Agreement
 – For this word, the “A” turns into a u-schwa, the “g” is hard, the “ee” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and for the “-ment” suffix – the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “t” is (usually) stopped (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

– /uh-GREE-mihn-[t]/ – /ə(ʌ).ˈɡɹiː.mə(ɪ)n.[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a fourth syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a separate syllable

 

Agriculture
 – For this word, the “A” is short, the “g” is hard, the “i” is an i-schwa, the “c” is hard, the first “u” is a u-schwa, and for the “-ture” suffix – the “t” is pronounced like the “ch” combination (this is due to the placement of the letter “u” directly after it), the “u” disappears, and the final “e” is silent (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/æ-grih-cuhl-ch’r//ˈæ.gɹə(ɪ).kə(ʌ)l.tʃɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Ah

Ahead (A’head)
.– For this word, the “A” turns into a u-schwa, the “h” is pronounced, and the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single short letter “e”, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

– /uh-HEH-[d]/ – /ə(ʌ).ˈhɛ.[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable

 

Ai

Aid
 – For this word, the “Ai” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/ay-[d]//eiː.[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the “d” ending acts as a second syllable

 

Aim
 – For this word, the “Ai” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/aym//eiːm/

 

Aimed
 – For this word, the “Ai” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and since the root word ends with the letter “m” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent

/aym-d//eiːm.d/ – Notice also that the “d” ending acts as a second syllable

 

Air
 – For this word, the “Ai” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it) – (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/ayr//eɪɹ/

 

Airbus
 – For this word, the “Ai” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it) – (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the “u” is short

– /AYR-buhs/ – /ˈeɪɹ.bʌs/ –

 

Aircraft
 – For this word, the “Ai” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it) – (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the second “a” is short, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/AYR-kræf-[t]//ˈeɪɹ.kɹæf.[t]/ Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable  –

 

Airport
 – For this word, the “Ai” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it) – (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “o” is long, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/AYR-pohr[t]//ˈeɪɹ.poɹ[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable

 

Aisle
 – For this word, the “Ai” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “i”, the “s” is silent, there is a phantom consonant letter “y” in-between the sound of the “s” and the “l” (this is the product of the transition from one sound to the next), and the final “e” is silent

– /AI-y’l/ – /ˈaiː.jl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable (This word sounds exactly like the contracted version of “I Will”:  I’ll) –

 

 

– ( American English Pronunciation – Letter A ) –


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