– American English Pronunciation –

– ( Letter B:  Ba ) –


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The pronunciations are not Universal as there are many different dialects of The English Language — both world-wide, and through-out 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.

 


Ba

 

Be . Bi . Bl . Bo . Br . Bu . By

 

 

Babble
 – For this word, the “a” is short, the “bb” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “b” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), there is a phantom-schwa in-between the third “b” and the “l” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), and the final “e” is silent

/-bəl//ˈbæ.bəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Baby
 – For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/BAY-bee/ – /ˈbeiː.biː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

 

Babies
.– For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the “ie” combination is pronounced simply like single long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “s” is pronounced like the letter “z”

/BAY-beez//ˈbeiː.biːz/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Bachelor
 – For this word, the “a” is short, the “e” disappears, and for the “-or” suffixthe “o” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/Bæch-l’r//ˈbætʃ.lɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Bachelorette
 – For this word, the “a” is short, the first “e” disappears, for the “-or” suffixthe “o” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue), and for the “-ette” suffix – the first “e” is short, the “tt” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “t” but is (usually) stopped, and the final “e” is silent (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/bæch-l’r-EH[T]//bætʃ.lɚ.ˈɛ[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable

 

Back
 – For this word, the “a” is short, and the “ck” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “k” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue) but is (often) stopped

– /bæ[k]/ – /bæ[k]/ –

 

Background
 – For this word, the “a” is short, the “ck” combination is pronounced like the letter “k” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue) but is (usually) stopped, the “g” is hard, the “ou” combination is pronounced like an “ow” combination, and the final “d” is (often) stopped

– /[K]-grown-[d]/ – /ˈbæ[k].gɹaun-[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts as a separate syllable

 

Backpack
.– For this word, the first “a” is short, the “ck” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “k” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the second “a” disappears, the “ck” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “k” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/[K]-pæ[k]/ – /ˈbæ[k].pæ[k]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

 

Backward
.– For this word, the first “a” is short, the “ck” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “k” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the second “a” disappears, and the final “d” is (often) stopped

/[K]-w’r[d]/ – /ˈbæ[k].wɚ[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable

 

Backwards
.– For this word, the “a” is short, the “ck” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “k” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)the “a” disappears, the “d” is (almost) stopped, and the final “s” is pronounced (almost) like the letter “z”

/[K]-w’r-[d]z/ – /ˈbæ[k].wɚ.[d]z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “dz” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable

 

Bacteria
 – For this word, the “a” is short, the “c” is hard but is (usually) stopped, the “e” is long, the “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, there is a phantom consonant letter “y” in-between the “i” and the “a” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), and the final “a” turns into a u-schwa

/bæ[k]-TEER-ee-yuh/ – /bæ[k].ˈtiːɹ.iː.jə(ʌ)/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable –

 

Bad
 – For this word, the “a” is short, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (usually) stopped

/bæ[d]/ – /bæ[ɾ]/ –

 

Bad-Tempered
 – For this word, the “a” is short, the “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped, the first “e” is short, the third “e” disappears, and since the root-word ends with the letter “r” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/bæ[d]-TEHM-p’r-[d]/ – /bæ[ɾ].ˈtɛm.pɚ.[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts as a fourth syllable

 

Badges
.– For this word, the “a” is short, the “dg” combination is pronounced simply like the single soft letter “g” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “s” is pronounced like the letter “z”

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

 

Badly
 – For this word, the “a” is short, the final “d” is a flap-d but is (usually) stopped, and for the “-ly” suffix – the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/[D]-lee/ – /bæ[ɾ].liː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

 

Bag
 – For this word, the “a” is short, and the final “g” is hard but is (often) stopped

/bæ[g]/ – /bæ[g]/ –

 

Baggage
 – For this word, the “a” is short, 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), and for the “-age” suffix – the “a” turns into an i-schwa, the “g” is soft, and the “e” is silent (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/-gih-dʒ/ – /ˈbæ.gə(ɪ).dʒ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the soft “g” ending acts as a third syllable

 

Bail-Outs
 – For this word, the “ai” combination is pronounced like The Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “l” directly after it), and the “Ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination

/BAYL-ow-ts//ˈbeɪl.ɑu.ts/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “ts” ending acts as a third syllable –

 

Bake
 – For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, and the final “e” is silent

/bay-k/ – /beiː.k/ – Notice also that the “k” ending (when not stopped) acts as a separate syllable

 

Bakery
 – For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the “e” disappears, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

– /BAY-kree/ – /ˈbeiː.kɹiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

 

Baking
 – For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the “k” is (usually) almost stopped 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)

/BAY-[k]ing/ – /ˈbeiː.[k]ɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

 

Balance
 – For this word, the first “a” is short, and for the “-ance” suffix – the “a” turns into an i-schwa, the “c” is soft, and the “e” is silent (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/-lihn-s/ – bæ.lə(ɪ)n.s/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “s” ending acts as a third syllable

 

Balcony
 – For this word, the “a” is short, the “c” is hard, the “o” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/BæL-kih-nee//ˈbæl.kə(ɪ).niː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Ball
 – For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the “aw” combination, and the “ll” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “l” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/bawl/ – /bɔl/ –

 

Ballet
 – For this word, the “a” is short, the “ll” combination is pronounced like the single letter “l”, and the “et” ending is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong

/bæ-LAY//bæ.ˈleiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Baltic
 – For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the short letter “o”, the “i” is an i-schwa, and the final “c” is hard but is (often) stopped

/BAHL-tih[k]//ˈbɑl.tə(ɪ)[k]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Ban
 – For this word, the “a” is short

/bæn/ – /bæn/ –

 

Banana
 – For this word, the first “a” turns into a true-schwa, the second “a” is short, and the final “a” turns into a u-schwa

/bə--nuh//bə.ˈnæ.nə(ʌ)/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Band
 – For this word, the “a” is short

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

 

Bandage
 – For this word, the first “a” is short, and for the “-age” suffix – the “a” turns into an i-schwa, the “g” is soft, and the “e” is silent (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/BæN-dih-dʒ/ – /ˈbæn.də(ɪ).dʒ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the soft “g” ending acts as a third syllable

 

Banged
– For this word, the “a” is short, the “ng” combination is pronounced like the the word “ring” or “rang”, the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the final “d” is (often) stopped

/BæNG-[d]//ˈbæŋ.[d]/ – Notice also that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts as a separate syllable

 

Bangkok
.– For this word, the “a” is short, the “ng” combination is pronounced like in the word “ring” or “sing”, and the “o” is short

/BANG-kah-k//ˈbæŋ.ko.k/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “k” ending acts as a separate syllable

 

Bank
 – For this word, the “a” is short, and the “n” is pronounced like the “ng” combination (this is due to the placement of the letter “k” directly after it)

/bæng-k/ – /bæŋ.k/ – Notice also that the “k” ending acts as a second syllable –

 

Banker
 – For this word, the “a” is short, the “n” is pronounced like the “ng” combination (this is due to the placement of the letter “k” directly after it), and for the “-er” suffixthe “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/BæNG-k’r/ – /ˈbæŋ.kɚ/ – Notice also that the “k” ending acts as a second syllable –

 

Bankruptcy
 – For this word, the “a” is short, the “n” is pronounced like the “ng” combination (this is due to the placement of the letter “k” directly after it), the “u” turns into a u-schwa, the “t” is stopped, the “c” is soft, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long “e”

– /Bæŋ-Kruhp[t]-see/ – /ˈbæŋ.krə(ʌ)p[t].siː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

 

Banksy
 – For this name, the “a” is short, the “n” is pronounced like the “ng” combination (this is due to the placement of the letter “k” directly after it), and the final “y”

/BæNG-k-see/ – /ˈbæŋ.k.siː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

 

Banned
 – For this word, the “a” is short, the “nn” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “n” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and since the root-word ends with the letter “n” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the final “d” is (often) stopped

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

 

Banquet
.– For this word, the “a” is short, the “qu” combination is pronounced like the “kw” combination (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/BæNG-kwih[t]//ˈbæŋ.kwə(ɪ)[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Baptism
 – For this word, the “a” is short, the “p” is (often) stopped, and for the “-ism” suffix – the “i” is an i-schwa, the “s” is pronounced like
the letter “z”, and there is a phantom-schwa in-between the “s” and the “m” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next)(this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/[P]-tih-zəm/ – /ˈbæ[p].tə(ɪ).zəm/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

 

Baptized
.– For this word, the “a” is short, the “p” is (often) stopped, for the “-ize” suffix – the “i” is long, the “e” merges with the “-ed” ending, and since the root-word ends with the sound of the letter “z” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the final “d” is (often) stopped

/[P]-taiz-[d]/ – /ˈbæ[p].taiːz.[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable –

 

Bar
 – For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the short letter “o”

/bahr/ – /bɑɹ/

 

Barbecue
 – For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the short letter “o”, the “e” turns into a u-schwa, the “c” is hard, and the “final “ue” combination is pronounced like the pronoun “you”

– /BAHR-buh-kyou//ˈbɑɹ.bə(ʌ).kju/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

 

Barcelona
.– For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the short letter “o”, the “c” is soft, the “e” turns into a true-schwa, the “o” is long, and the final “a” turns into a u-schwa

/bahr-sə-LOH-nuh//ˌbɑɹ.sə.ˈlo.nə(ʌ)/ – Notice also that there is a minor stress on the first syllable and that the major stress is on the third syllable

 

Bare
 – For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), and the final “e” is silent

/bayr//beɪɹ/

 

Bargain
 – For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the short letter “o” the “g” is hard, and the “ai” combination turns into an i-schwa

/BAHR-gihn/ – /ˈbɑɹ.gə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

 

Barley
 – For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the short letter “o”, and the “ey” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”

/BAHR-lee/ – /ˈbɑɹ.liː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

 

Barricade
 – For this word, the “a” is long, the “rr” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “r” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “i” turns into an i-schwa, the “c” is hard, and for the “-ade” suffixthe “a” is a True Long “A”, the “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped, and the final “e” is silent (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

– /BAYR-ih-kay-[d]/ – /ˈbeɪɹ.ə(ɪ).ke.[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “d” ending acts as a fourth syllable

 

Barrier
 – For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), the “rr” combination is pronounced simple like the single letter “r” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, there is a phantom consonant letter “y” in-between the “i” and the “e” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), and for the “-er” suffixthe “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

– /BAYR-ee-y’r/ – /ˈbeɪɹ.iː.jɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

 

Barriers
 – For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), the “rr” combination is pronounced simple like the single letter “r” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, there is a phantom consonant letter “y” in-between the “i” and the “e” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), and for the “-er” suffixthe “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue), and the final “s” is pronounced like the letter “z”

– /BAYR-ee-y’r-z/ – /ˈbeɪɹ.iː.jɚ.z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “z” ending acts as fourth syllable

 

Base
 – For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, and the final “e” is silent

/bays/ – /beiːs/ –

 

Based
 – For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the “e” is silent, and since the root-word ends with the sound of the letter “s” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent and the “d” is pronounced like the letter “t” but is (often) stopped

– /bays-[t]/ – /beiːs.[t]/ – Notice also that the “t” ending acts as a second syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a separate syllable

 

Bases
 – For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the “e” turns into an i-schwaI, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/BAY-sihz//ˈbeiː.sɪz/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Basic
 – For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, and for the “-ic” suffix – the “i” is an i-schwa, and the final “c” is hard but is (sometimes) stopped (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

– /BAY-sih-[k]/ – /ˈbeiː.sə(ɪ).[k]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “k” ending acts as a third syllable

 

Basically
 – For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, for the “-ic” suffix – the “i” is an i-schwa, and the final “c” is hard but is (sometimes) stopped (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue), and for the “-ally suffixthe “a” disappears, the “ll” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “l” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/BAY-sihk-lee/ – /ˈbeiː.sə(ɪ)k.liː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

 

Basins
 – For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the “i” is an i-schwa, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/BAY-sihn-z//ˈbeiː.sə(ɪ)n.z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Basis
 – For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, and for the “-sis” suffix – the “i” is an i-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/BAY-sih-s/ – /ˈbeiː.sə(ɪ).s/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “s” ending acts as a third syllable

 

Basket
 – For this word, the “a” is short, the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/BæS-kih[t]//ˈbæs.kə(ɪ)[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Bath
 – For this word, the “a” is short, and the “th” combination is un-voiced

/bæth/ – /bæθ/ –

 

Baths
 – For this word, the “a” is short, and the “th” combination is un-voiced

/bæth-s/ – /bæθ.s/ – Notice also that the final “s” acts as a separate syllable

 

Bathroom
 – For this word, the “a” is short, the “th” is un-voiced, and the “oo” combination is pronounced like the long letter “u” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/BæTH-room/ – /ˈbæθ.ɹum/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

 

Battery
 – For this word, the “a” is short, the “tt” combination is pronounced like the single flap-t (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and for the “-ery” suffixthe “e” disappears, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/-d’r-ee/ – /ˈbæ.ɾɚ.iː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

 

Batteries
 – For this word, the “a” is short, the “tt” combination is pronounced simply like the single flap-t (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the first “e” disappears, the “ie” combination is pronounced like the long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the “s” is pronounced like the letter “z”

– /-d’r-eez/ – /ˈbæ.ɾɚ.iːz/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

 

Battle
 – For this word, the “a” is short, the “tt” combination is pronounced simply like the single flap-t (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), there is a phantom-schwa in-between the “t” and the “l” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “e” is silent

/-dəl/ – /ˈbæ.ɾəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

 

Bavaria
 – For this word, the first “a” turns into a u-schwa, the second “a” is a Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), the “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, there is a phantom consonant “y” in-between the “i” and the “a” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to another), and the final “a” turns into a u-schwa

/buh-VAYR-ee-yuh//bə(ʌ).ˈveɪɹ.iː.jə(ʌ)/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Bay
 – For this word, the “ay” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/bay/ – /beiː/ –

 

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