– American English Pronunciation –

– ( Letter B:  Bs, Bt, Bu ) –


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 . Bm – Bo . Bp – Br . Bt . Bu . Bv – Bz

 

Bt

 

Bu

Bubble
 – For this word, the “u” is short, the “bb” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “b”, there is a phantom-schwa in-between the “bb” combination and the letter “l” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “e” is silent

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

 

Buckingham
 – For this word, the “u” 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), “-ing” combination is pronounced like in the word “sing” or “ring” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “h” is pronounced, and the “a” is short

– /BUH-king-hæm/ – /ˈbʌ.kɪŋ.hæm/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Buddha
 – For this word, the “u” is long, the “dd” combination is pronounced simply as the single flap-d (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “h” is silent, and the final “a” turns into a u-schwa

/BOO-duh//ˈbu.ɾə(ʌ)/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Buddhist
 – For this word, the “u” is long, the “dd” combination is pronounced simply as the single flap-d (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “h” is silent, 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)

/BOO-dihs[t]//ˈbu.ɾə(ɪ)s.[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Buddy
 – For this word, the “u” is short, the “dd” combination is pronounced simply as the single flap-d (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/BUH-dee//ˈbʌ.ɾiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Budget
 – For this word, the “u” is short, the “dg” combination is pronounced like the 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 “t” is (often) stopped

/BUH-dʒih-[t]/ – /ˈbʌ.dʒə(ɪ).[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts like a third syllable

 

Budgeted
 – For this word, the “u” 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, the “t” is a flap-t, and since the root-word ends with the letter “t” – the “e” of the “-ed” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

– /BUH-dʒih-dih[d]//ˈbʌ.dʒə(ɪ).ɾə(ɪ)[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Buff
 – For this word, the “u” is short, and the final “ff” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “f” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

– /buhf//bʌf/

 

Buffalo
.– For this word, the “u” is short, 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 “a” turns into a u-schwa, and the final “o” is long

/BUH-fuh-loh//ˈbʌ.fə(ʌ).lo/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Buffet
 – For this word, the “u” turns into a u-shwa, 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 “et” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong

– /buh-FAY//bə(ʌ).ˈfeiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Bug
 – For this word, the “u” is short, and the “g” is hard

/buhg//bʌg/ – Notice also that the “g” ending acts as second syllable

 

Bugs
 – For this word, the “u” is short, and the “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

– /buh-gz//bʌ.gz/ – Notice also that the “gz” ending acts as a second syllable –

 

Build
 – For this word, the “ui” combination is pronounced like the short letter “i”, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/bihl-[d]/ – /bɪl[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts as a second syllable –

 

Building
 – For this word, the “ui” combination is pronounced like the short letter “i”, and the “d” is a flap-d, 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)

/bihl-[d]ing/ – /bɪl.[ɾ]ɪŋ/ –Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts as a second syllable –

 

Built
 – For this word, the “ui” combination is pronounced like the short letter “i”, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

– /bihl-[t]//bɪl.[t]/ – Notice also that the “t” ending acts as a second syllable –

 

Bulgaria
 – For this word, the “u” turns into a true-schwa, the “g” is hard, the “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 the next), and the final “a” is turns into a u-schwa

– /bəl-GAYR-ee-yuh//bəl.ˈgeɪɹ.iː.jə(ʌ)/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Bullet
 – For this word, the “u” turns into a true-schwa, the “ll” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “l” (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

/-lih-[t]//ˈbə.lə(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

 

Bulletin
 – For this word, the “u” turns into a true-schwa, the “ll” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “l” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the “i” is an i-schwa

/-lih-tihn//ˈbə.lə(ɪ).tə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

 

Bullish
 – For this word, the “u” turns into a true-schwa, the “ll” combination is pronounced like the single letter “l” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and for the “-ish” suffix – the “i” is an i-schwa, and the “sh” combination is un-voiced (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/-lihsh//ˈbə.lə(ɪ)ʃ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Bully
 – For this word, the “u” turns into an true-schwa, the “ll” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “l” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

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

 

Bullying
 – For this word, the “u” turns into an true-schwa, the “ll” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “l” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, there is a phantom consonant “y” in-between the “y” and the “i” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), and “-ing” combination is pronounced like in the word “sing” or “ring” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/-lee-ying//ˈbə.liː.jɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Bump
 – For this word, the “u” is short, and the final “p” is (often) stopped

/buhm-[p]/ – /bʌm.[p]/ – Notice also that the “p” ending acts as a separate syllable

 

Bunch
 – For this word, the “u” is short

/buhn-ch//bʌn.tʃ/ – Notice also that the “ch” ending acts as a second syllable

 

Bundle
 – For this word, the “u” is short, there is a phantom-schwa in-between the “d” and the “l” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), and the final “e” is silent

/BUHN-dəl//ˈbʌ.dəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Bundling
 – For this word, the “u” is short, there is a phantom-schwa in-between the “d” and the “l” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), 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)

/BUHN-də-ling//ˈbʌ.də.lɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Buoy
 – For this word, the “uo” combination is pronounced like the long letter “u”, there is a phantom letter “w” in-between the “o” and the “y” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/BOO-wee//ˈbu.wiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Burbling
 – For this word, the “u” disappears, there is a phantom-schwa in-between the “b” and the “l” (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)

/B’R-bə-ling/ – bɚ.bə.lɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Bureau
 – For this word, the “u” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the “eau” combination is pronounced like the long letter “o”

/BYOO-roh//ˈbju.ɹo/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Bureaucracy
 – For this word, the first “u” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the “eau” combination is pronounced like the long letter “o”, the first “c” is hard, and for the “-acy” suffix – the “a” turns into a true-schwa, the “c” is soft, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

– /byoo-RAHK-rə-see//bju.ˈɹɑ.kɹə.siː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Burglar
 – For this word, the “u” disappears, the “g” is hard, and the “a” disappears

/B’R-gl’r//ˈbɚ.glɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Buried
 – For this word, the “u” is pronounced like the Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), and since the root-word ends with the letter “y” (converted to an “i” due to the addition of the suffix) – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is often stopped

/BAYR-ee[d]//ˈbeɪɹ.iː[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Burn
 – For this word, the “u” disappears

/b’rn//bɚn/

 

Burnt
 – For this word, the “u” disappears, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

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

 

Burst
.– For this word, the “u” disappears, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/b’r-s[t]//bɚ.s[t]/ – Notice also that the “st” ending acts as a second syllable

 

Bury
 – For this word, the “u” is pronounced like the Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

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

 

Bus
 – For this word, the “u” is short

/buhs//bʌs/

 

Bush
 – For this word, the “u” turns into a true-schwa (like in the word “foot” or “put”)

/bəsh//bəʃ/

 

Bushes
 – For this word, the “u” turns into a true-schwa (like in the word “foot” or “put”), the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

– /-shihz//ˈbə.ʃə(ɪ)z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Busiest
 – For this word, the “u” is pronounced like the short letter “i”, the “s” is pronounced like the letter “z”, the “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, and for the “-est” 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)

– /BIH-zee-ihs-[t]//ˈbɪ.ziː.ɪs.[t]/ –Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a fourth syllable

 

Business
 – For this word, the “u” is pronounced like the short letter “i”, the “s” is pronounced like the letter “z”, the “i” disappears, and for the “-ness” suffix – the “e” turns into an i-schwa, 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) & (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

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

 

Businesses
 – For this word, the “u” is pronounced like the short letter “i”, the “s” is pronounced like the letter “z”, the “i” disappears, for the “-ness” suffix – the “e” turns into an i-schwa, 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) & (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue), the second “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

– /BIHZ-nihs-ihz/ – /ˈbɪz.nə(ɪ)s.ɪz/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Businessman
.– For this word, the “u” is pronounced like the short letter “i”, the “s” is pronounced like the letter “z”, the “i” disappears, for the “-ness” suffix – the “e” turns into an i-schwa, 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) & (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue), and the “a” is short

/BIHZ-nihs-mæn//ˈbɪz.nə(ɪ)s.mæn/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Business-Woman
.– For this word, the “u” is pronounced like the short letter “i”, the “s” is pronounced like the letter “z”, the “i” disappears, for the “-ness” suffix – the “e” turns into an i-schwa, 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) & (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue), the “o” turns into a true-schwa, and the “a” is short

/BIHZ-nihs-wə-mæn//ˈbɪz.nə(ɪ)s.wə.mæn/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Busses
 – For this word, the “u” is short, the “ss” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “s” (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”

/BUH-sihz//ˈbʌ.sə(ɪ)z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Busy
 – For this word, the “u” is pronounced like the short letter “i”, the “s” is pronounced like the letter “z”, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

– /BIH-zee//ˈbɪ.ziː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

But
.– For this word, the “u” is short, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/buh[t]//bʌ[t]/

 

Butcher
 – For this word, the “u” turns into a true-schwa / Short “I” Diphthong (like in the word “foot” or “put”), the “tch” combination is pronounced simply like the “ch” combination (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), for the “-er” suffix – the “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

– /-ch’rz//ˈbə.tʃɚz/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Butchers/’s
 – For this word, the “u” turns into a true-schwa / Short “I” Diphthong (like in the word “foot” or “put”), the “tch” combination is pronounced simply like the “ch” combination (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), for the “-er” suffix – the “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue), and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

– /-ch’rz//ˈbə.tʃɚz/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

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

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

 

Button
 – For this word, the “u” is short, the “tt” turns into a glottal stop, and the “o” disappears

/BUH[T]-‘n//ˈbʌ.’ʔn/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

 

Buttons
 – For this word, the “u” is short, the “tt” turns into a glottal stop, and the “o” disappears, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/BUH[T]-‘n-z//ˈbʌ.’ʔn.z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

 

Buy
 – For this word, the “uy” combination is pronounced like the long letter “i”

– /bai//baiː/

 

Buyer
 – For this word, the “u” is pronounced like the long letter “i”, the “y” takes the consonant sound, and for the “-er” suffix – the “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

– /BAI-y’r/ – /ˈbaiː.jɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Buying
 – For this word, the “u” is pronounced like the long letter “i”, the “y” takes the consonant sound, and “-ing” suffix is pronounced like in the word “sing” or “ring” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/BAI-ying/ – /ˈbaiː.jɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Buzz-Word
 – For this word, the “u” is short, the “zz” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “z” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the “o” disappears

/BUHZ-w’rd-z/ – /ˈbʌz.wɚd.z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Buzz-Words
 – For this word, the “u” is short, the “zz” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “z” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)the “o” disappears, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/BUHZ-w’rd-z/ – /ˈbʌz.wɚd.z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

 

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