– American English Pronunciation –

– ( Letter B:  Bl ) –


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.

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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.

 


Bl

 

Ba . Be . Bi . Bo . Br . Bu . By

 

Black
 – 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)

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

 

Blacksmith
 – For this word, the “a” is short, the “ck” combination is pronounced simply like the letter “k” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “i” is short, and the “th” combination is un-voiced

/BLæK-smih-th/ – /ˈblæk.smɪ.θ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “th” ending acts as a third syllable

 

Blade
.– For this word, the “a” is a True Long “A”, the “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped, and the final “e” is silent

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

 

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

/blaym//bleiːm/

 

Blank
.– 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)

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

 

Blend
 – For this word, the “e” is short, and the final “d” is (often) stopped

/blehn-[d]//blɛn.[d]/

 

Blind
.– For this word, the “i” is long

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

 

Blighting
 – For this word, the “igh” combination sounds like in the word “night” or “flight” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “t” is a flap-t, and “-ing” combination is pronounced like in the word “sing” or “ring” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

– /BLIGH-ding/ – /ˈblʌiː.ɾɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Blithering
 – For this word, the “i” is short, the “th” combination is voiced, the “e” disappears, 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)

/BLIH-th’r-ing//ˈblɪ.ðɚ.ɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Blizzard
 .– For this word, the “i” is short, the “zz” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “z”, the “a” disappears, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/BLIH-z’r-[d]/ – /ˈblɪ.zɚ.[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “d” ending acts as a third syllable –

 

Bloated
 – For this word, the “oa” combination is pronounced like the long letter “o” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “t” is a flap-t, and since the root-word ends with the letter “t” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending turns into an i-schwa, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/BLOH-dhi[d]//ˈblo.ɾə(ɪ)[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Block
.– For this word, the “o” 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)

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

 

Blockbuster
.– For this word, the “o” is short, and the “ck” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “k” but is almost stopped (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “u” is short, and for the “-er” suffix – the “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/BLAH[K]-buhs-t’r//ˈblɑ[k].bʌs.tɚ/ – Notice also that the “k” ending acts as a second syllable

 

Blocking
.– For this word, the “o” 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), 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)

/BLAH-king//ˈblɑ.kɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Blonde
.– For this word, the “o” is short, and the final “e” is silent

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

 

Blondes
.– For this word, the “o” is short, the “e” is silent, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/blahn-dz//ˈblɑn.dz/ – Notice also that the “dz” ending acts as a second syllable –

 

Blood
.– For this word, the “oo” combination is pronounced like the short letter “u”, and the “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

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

 

Blouse
 – For this word, the “ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination, and the final “e” is silent

/blows//blɑus/

 

Blow
 – For this word, the “ow” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “o” (the “w” does not affect the pronunciation of the letter “o”)

/bloh//blo/

 

Blue
 – For this word, the “ue” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “u”

/bloo//blu/

 

Blurry
 – For this word, the “u” disappears, the “rr” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “r”, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

– /BL’R-ee//ˈblɚ.iː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

– ( American English Pronunciation – Letter B ) –


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