– American English Pronunciation–

– ( Letter C:  Cu ) –


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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.

Cu

 

Ca . Ce . Ch . Ci . Cl . Coa-Col . Com . Con . Coo-Coz . Cr . Cy

 

Cucumber
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the second “c” is hard, the second “u” is short, and the “e” disappears

– /KYOU-kuhm-b’r//ˈkju.kʌm.bɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable 

 

Cuddle
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” is short, the “dd” combination is pronounced simply as the single flap-d, there is a phantom-schwa in-between the “d” and the “l” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “e” is silent

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

 

Cuisine
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” is pronounced like the letter “w”, the first “i” turns into an i-schwa, the “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”, the second “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, and the final “e” is silent

– /kwih-ZEEN//kwə(ɪ).ˈziːn/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Culprit
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” is short, the “i” is an i-schwa, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/KUHL-prih[t]//ˈkʌl.pɹə(ɪ)[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) as a third syllable 

 

Cultivate
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” is short, the “i” is an i-schwa, and for the “-ate” suffix – the “a” is a True Long “A”, the “t” is (usually) stopped, and the final “e” is silent (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

– /KUHL-tih-vay[t]//ˈkʌl.tə(ɪ).ve[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) as a fourth syllable 

 

Cultural
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the first “u” is short, the “t” is pronounced like the “ch” combination (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), the second “u” disappears, and for the “-al” suffix – the “a” turns into a true-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

– /KUHL-ch’r-əl//ˈkʌl.tʃəɹ.əl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable 

 

Culture
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the first “u” is short, 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)

– /KUHL-ch’r//ˈkʌl.tʃɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable 

 

Cultures
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” is short, 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), and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

– /KUHL-ch’r-z//ˈkʌl.tʃɚ.z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “z” ending as a third syllable 

 

Cumin
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” is long, and the “i” is an i-schwa

/KOO-mihn//ˈku.mə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

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

/kuh[p]//kʌ[p]/

 

Cupboard
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” is short, the “p” is stopped, the “oa” combination disappears, and the final “d” is (often) stopped

/KUH-b’r[d]//ˈkʌ.bɚ[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable 

 

Curate
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, and for the “-ate” suffix – the “a” is a True Long “A”, the “t” is (usually) stopped, and the final “e” is silent (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/KYOUR-ay[t]/ – /ˈkjuɹ.e[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable 

 

Curb
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” disappears, and the final “b” is (often) stopped

/k’r-[b]//kɚ.[b]/ – Notice also that and that the “b” ending (when not stopped) acts as a second syllable

 

Cure
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”

/kyoor//ˈkjuɹ/

 

Cured
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/kyoor.[d]//ˈkjuɹ.[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts as a separate syllable

 

Curiosity
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, the “o” is short, and for the “-ity” suffix – the “i” is an i-schwa, the “t” is a flap-t, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

– /kyoo-ree-AH-sih-dee//kju.ɹiː.ɑ.sə(ɪ).ɾiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable

 

Curious
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, and for the “-ous” suffix – the “ou” combination turns into an i-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/KYOO-ree-uhs//ˈkju.ɹiː.ə(ɪ)s/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

 

Curl
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” disappears, and there is a phantom-schwa in-between the “r” and the “l” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/K’R-əl//ˈkɚ.əl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Curly
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” disappears, and for the “-ly” suffix – the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/K’R-lee//ˈkɚ.liː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable 

 

Currency
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” disappears, 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 “e” turns into an i-schwa, the second “c” is soft, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/K’R-ihn-see//ˈkɚ.ə(ɪ)n.siː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Current
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” disappears, 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 “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “t” is often stopped

/K’R-ihn-[t]//ˈkɚ.ə(ɪ)n.[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable 

 

Currently
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” disappears, the “rr” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “r”(this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), 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), and for the “-ly” suffix – the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

– /K’R-ihn[t]-lee//ˈkəɹ.ə(ɪ)n[t].liː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable 

 

Curse
.– For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” disappears, and the final “e” is silent

/k’r-s//kɚ.s/ – Notice also that the “s” ending acts as a separate syllable

 

Cursor
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” disappears, and the “o” disappears

/K’R-s’r//ˈkɚ.sɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Curtail
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” disappears, 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)

/k’r-TAYL//kɚ.ˈteɪl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable 

 

Curtain
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” disappears, the “t” is (usually) stopped, and the “ai” combination disappears

/K’R-[t]’n//ˈkɚ.[t]ʔn/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable 

 

Curtains
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” disappears, the “t” is (usually) stopped, the “ai” combination disappears, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

– /K’R-[t]ihn-z//ˈkɚ.[t]ʔn.z/ –Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “z” ending acts as a third syllable

 

Curve
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” disappears, and the final “e” is silent

/k’r-v//kɚ.v/ – Notice also that –

 

Curved
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” disappears, and since the root-word ends with the sound of the letter “v” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (sometimes) stopped

/k’r-v-[d]//kɚ.v.[ɾ]/ – Notice also that and that the “d” ending acts as a second syllable

 

Custom
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” is short, and the “o” turns into a true-schwa

/KUHS-təm//ˈkʌs.təm/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable 

 

Customer
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” is short, the “o” turns into a true-schwa, and for the “-er” suffix – the “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/KUHS-tə-m’r//ˈkʌs.tə.mɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable 

 

Customers
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” is short, the “o” turns into a true-schwa, and 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”

/KUHS-tə-m’r-z//ˈkʌs.tə.mɚ.z/ –Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “z” ending acts as a fourth syllable –

 

Customs
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” is short, the “o” turns into a true-schwa, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/KUHS-təmz//ˈkʌs.təmz/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “z” ending acts as a third syllable 

 

Cut
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” is short, and the “t” is (often) stopped

– /kuh[t]//kʌ[t]/

 

Cutting
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” is short, the “tt” combination is pronounced like a single flap-t, 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)

/KUH-ding//ˈkʌ.ɾɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

( American English Pronunciation – Letter C ) –


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