– American English Pronunciation –

– ( Letter B:  Bm, Bn, Bo ) –


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.

Bb

 

Ba – Bc . Bd – Bf . Bg – Bi . Bj – Bl . Bn . Bo . Bp – Br . Bs – Bu . Bv – Bz

 

Bn

 

Bo

Board
 – For this word, the “oa” is pronounced simply like the single long letter “o” (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

– /bohr-[d]//boɹ.[d]/ – Notice also that the flap-d ending (when not stopped) acts as a second syllable –

 

Boards/’s
 – For this word, the “oa” is pronounced simply like the single long letter “o” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “d” is (usually) stopped, and the possessive or plural “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

– /bohr-[d]z//boɹ.[d]z/ – Notice also that the “dz” ending (even when the “d” is stopped) acts as a second syllable –

 

Boat
 – For this word, the “oa” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “o” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “t” is (often) stopped

– /boh[t]//bo[t]/ –

 

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

– /bah[d]/ – /bɑ[d]/ –

 

Body
 – For this word, the “o” is short, the “d” is a flap-d, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/BAH-dee//ˈbɑ.ɾiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Bogus
 – For this word, the “o” is long, the “g” is hard, and the “u” turns into an i-schwa

/BOH-gihs//ˈbo.gə(ɪ)s/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Boil
 – For this word, the “oi” combination is pronounced like the “oy” combination, and there is a phantom consonant letter “y” in-between the “oi” combination and the “l” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next)

/boy-y’l//ˈboiː.jl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Bolt
 – For this word, the “o” is long, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

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

 

Bomb
– For this word, the “o” is short, and the final “b” is silent

/bahm//bɑm/

 

Bombarded
 – For this word, the “o” is short, the “a” is pronounced like the short letter “o”, the first “d” is a flap-d, and since the root-word ends with the letter “d” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending turns into an i-schwa and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/bahm-BAHR-dih[d]//bɑm.ˈbɑɹ.ɾə(ɪ)ɾ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Bone
– For this word, the “o” is long, and the final “e” is silent

/bohn//bon/

 

Bonfire
 – For this word, the “o” is short, the “i” is pronounced like the “igh” combination, there is a phantom consonant “y” in-between the “i” and the “r”, and the final “e” is silent

/BAHN-figh-y’r//ˈbɑn.fʌiː.jɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “r” ending acts as a third syllable –

 

Bonus
 – For this word, the “o” is long, and the “u” turns into an i-schwa

/BOH-nihs/ – /ˈbo.nə(ɪ)s/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Bonuses
 – For this word, the “o” is long, the “u” turns into an i-schwa, the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/BOH-nih-sihz/ – /ˈbo.nə(ɪ).sə(ɪ)z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Book
.– For this word, the “oo” combination is pronounced as a true-schwa / Short “I” Diphthong (like in the word “foot” or “put”)

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

 

Booked
 – For this word, the “oo” combination is pronounced as a true-schwa / Short “I” Diphthong (like in the word “foot” or “put”), and since the root-word ends with the letter “k” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent and the final “d” is pronounced like the letter “t”

/bəih[k]-t//bəɪ[k].t/ – Notice also that the “t” ending acts as a second syllable

 

Books
.– For this word, the “oo” combination is pronounced as a true-schwa / Short “I” Diphthong (like in the word “foot” or “put”)

/bəih-ks//bəɪ.ks/ – Notice also that the “ks” ending acts as a second syllable –

 

Bookstore
.– For this word, the “oo” combination is pronounced as a true-schwa / Short “I” Diphthong (like in the word “foot” or “put”), the “k” is (usually) stopped, the third “o” is long, and the final “e” is silent

/BəIH[K]-stohr//ˌbəɪ[k].stoɹ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

 

Boot
.– For this word, the “oo” combination is pronounced like the long letter “u” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/boo[t]//bu[t]/

 

Boots
.– For this word, the “oo” combination is pronounced like the long letter “u” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/boo-ts//bu.ts/ – Notice also that the “ts” combination acts as a second syllable

 

Border
.– For this word, the “o” is long, the “d” is a flap-d, and for the “-er” suffix – the “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/BOHR-d’r//ˈboɹ.ɾɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Bore
.– For this word, the “o” is long, the and the final “e” is silent

/bohr//boɹ/

 

Bored
 – For this word, the “o” is long, and since the root-word ends with the sound of the letter “r” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (sometimes) stopped

/bohr[d]/ – /boɹ[ɾ]/ –

 

Boring
.– For this word, the “o” is long, 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)

/BOH-ring//ˈbo.ɹɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Born
 – For this word, the “o” is long

– /bohrn//boɹn/ –

 

Borrow
.– For this word, the first “o” is pronounced like the “aw” combination, the “rr” combination is pronounced like the single letter “r” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the “ow” combination is pronounced like the single long letter “o” (the “w” does not affect the pronunciation of the letter “o”)

/BAW-roh//ˈbɔ.ɹo/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Bosnia
 – For this word, the “o” is short, the “s” is pronounced like the letter “z”, 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 the next), and the final “a” turns into a u-schwa

/BAHZ-nee-yuh//ˈbɑz.niː.jə(ʌ)/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Boss
.– For this word, the “o” is pronounced like the “aw” combination, and the “ss” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “s” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/baws//bɔs/

 

Botanical
 – For this word, the “o” turns into a u-schwa, the first “a” is short, the “i” is an i-schwa, the “c” is hard, and for the “-al” suffix – the “a” turns into a true-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/buh--nih-kəl//bə(ʌ).ˈtæ.nə(ɪ).kəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Botanist
 – For this word, the “o” is short, the “t” becomes a glottal stop, the “a” virtually disappears, and for the “-ist” suffix – the “i” is an i-schwa, and the final “t” is (often) stopped (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

– /BAH-ʔ-nihs-[t]/ – /ˈbɑ.ʔ.nə(ɪ)s.[t]/ –Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a fourth syllable

 

Botany
 – For this word, the “o” is short, the “t” becomes a glottal stop, the “a” virtually disappears, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

– /BAH-ʔnee/ – /ˈbɑ.ʔ.niː/ –Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

 

Both
 – For this word, the “o” is long, and the “th” combination is un-voiced

/boh-th//boθ/

 

Bother
.– For this word, the “o” is short, the “th” combination is voiced, and for the “-er” suffix – the “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/BAH-th’r//ˈbɑ.ðɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Bottle
.– For this word, the “o” 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

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

 

Bottom
.– For this word, the first “o” is short, the “tt” combination is pronounced simply like the single flap-t (this is one of two standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the second “o” turns into a true-schwa

/BAH-dəm//ˈbɑ.ɾəm/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Bought
 – For this word, the “ough” combination is pronounced like the “aw” combination, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

– /baw[t]//bɔ[t]/ –

 

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

– /bowns//bauns/

 

Bound
.– For this word, the “ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination

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

 

Boundaries
 – For this word, the “ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination, the “d” is pronounced like the soft letter “g”, the “a” 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 final “s” sounds almost like the letter “z”

– /BOWN-dʒreez//ˈbaun.dʒɹiːz/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Bouquet
 – For this word, the “ou” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “u”, the “qu” combination is pronounced like the letter “k”, and the “et” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong

/boo-KAY//bu.ˈkeiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Boutique
 – For this word, the “ou” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “u”, the “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, the “qu” combination is pronounced like the letter “k”, and the final “e” is silent

– /boo-TEEK//bu.ˈtiːk/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Boutiques
 – For this word, the “ou” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “u”, the “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, the “qu” combination is pronounced like the letter “k”, and the “e” is silent

– /boo-TEE-ks//bu.ˈtiː.ks/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “ks” ending acts as a third syllable

 

Bowing
 – For this word, the “ow” combination sounds like in the word “how” or “now” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and “-ing” combination is pronounced like in the word “sing” or “ring” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

– /BOW-ing//ˈbau.ɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Bowl
.– 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”)

/bohl//bol/

 

Box
.– For this word, the “o” is short, and the “x” is pronounced like the “ks” combination

/bah-ks//bɑ.ks/ – Notice also that the “ks” ending acts as a second syllable

 

Boxes
.– For this word, the “o” is short, and the “x” is pronounced like the “ks” combination, the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “s” and the final “s” is pronounced (almost) like the letter “z”

/BAHK-sihz//bɑk.sə(ɪ)z/ – Notice also that the “ks” ending acts as a second syllable

 

Boy
.– For this word, the “oy” combination is pronounced like in the word “toy”, or “joy” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/boy//boiː/

 

Boyfriend
.– For this word, the “oy” combination is pronounced like in the word “toy” or “joy” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “ie” combination is pronounced simply like the single short letter “e”, and the final “d” is (sometimes) stopped

/BOY-frehn-[d]//ˈboiː.frɛn.[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable

 

 

– ( American English Pronunciation – Letter B ) –


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