– American English Pronunciation–

– ( Letter C:  Cj, Ck, Cl ) –


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.

Cc

 

Ca – Cc . Cd – Cf . Cg – Ci . Ck . Cl . Cm – Col . Com . Con . Coo – Coz . Cp – Cr . Cs – Cu . Cv – Cz

 

Ck

 

Cl

Claim
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, and the “ai” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/klaym//kleiːm/ – Notice also that –

 

Clap
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “a” is short, and the final “p” is often stopped

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

 

Clarification
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the first “a” is a Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), the first “i” turns into a true-schwa, the second “i” is an i-schwa, the second “c” is hard, the second “a” is a Lyng “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, and for the “-tion” suffix – the “ti” combination is pronounced like the un-voiced “sh” combination, and the “o” turns into an i-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/klayr-ə-fih-KAY-shihn/ – /ˌkleɪɹ.ə.fə(ɪ).ˈkeiː.ʃə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that there is a minor stress on the first syllable and that the major stress is on the fourth syllable –

 

Clarified
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the first “a” is a Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), the first “i” is an i-schwa, the second “i” is long, the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the “d” of the -ed” ending is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/KLAYR-ih-fai[d]/ – /ˈkleɪɹ.ə(ɪ).faiː[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable 

 

Clarify
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the first “a” is a Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), the “i” is an i-schwa, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “i”

/KLAYR-ih-fai/ – /ˈkleɪɹ.ə(ɪ).faiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable 

 

Class
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “a” is short, 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)

/klæs//klæs/ –

 

Classes
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “a” is short, 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), the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

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

 

Classic
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “a” 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), 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)

/KLæ-sihk//ˈklæ.sə(ɪ)k/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable 

 

Classical
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the first “a” 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), 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 “-al” suffix – the “a” turns into a true-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

– /KLæ-sih-kəl//ˈklæ.sə(ɪ).kəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable 

 

Classics
 – For this word the “C” is hard, the “a” 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), 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)

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

 

Classism
.– For this word, the “C” is hard, the “a” 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), 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)

/KLæ-sih-zəm//ˈklæ.sə(ɪ).zəm/– Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable 

 

Classroom
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “a” 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), and the “oo” combination is pronounced like the long letter “u” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/KLæS-room//ˈklæs.rum/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable 

 

Clause
 – For this word, the “c” is hard, the “au” combination is pronounced like the “aw” combination, the “s” is pronounced like the letter “z”, and the final “e” is silent

/klawz//klɔz/

 

Clean
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, and the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”

/kleen//kliːn/ –

 

Cleanest
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single 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)

/KLEE-nihs-[t]//ˈkliː.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 separate syllable

 

Cleanliness
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single short letter “e”, the “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, 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)

/KEHN-lee-nihs//ˈklɛn.liː.nə(ɪ)s/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Clear
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, and the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the long letter “e”

– /kleer//kliːɹ/

 

Clearly
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”, 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)

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

 

Cleveland
 – For this American city name, the “C” is hard, the first “e” is long, the second “e” disappears, the “a” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “d” is (often) stopped

– /KLEEV-lihn-[d]//ˈkliːv.lə(ɪ)n.[d]/ –Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts as a second syllable –

 

Clever
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the first “e” is short, and for the “-er” suffix – the “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/KLEH-v’r//ˈklɛ.vɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable 

 

Click
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “i” 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)

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

 

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

/KLAI-ihn-[t]//ˈklaiː.ə(ɪ)n.[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” ending acts as a third syllable

 

Clients
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “i” is long, the “e” turns into and i-schwa

– /KLAI-ehn-ts//ˈklaiː.ə(ɪ)n.ts/ –Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “ts” ending acts as a third syllable

 

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

/klihf//klɪf/

 

Climate
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “i” is long, and for the “-ate” suffix – the “a” turns into an i-schwa, the “t” is (often) stopped, and the final “e” is silent (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

– /KLAI-mih-[t]//ˈklaiː.mə(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

 

Climb
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “i” is long, and the final “b” is silent

/klaim//klaiːm/

 

Climbers
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “i” is long, the “b” is silent, 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 single letter “z”

/KLAI-m’r-z//ˈklaiː.mɚ.z/ –Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “z” ending acts as a third syllable

 

Climbing
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “i” is long, the “b” is silent, 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)

– /KLAI-ming//ˈklaiː.mɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable 

 

Clint
 – For this name (commonly), the “C” is hard, and the “i” is short, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

– /klihn[t]//ˈklɪn[t]/

 

Clinton
 – For this name (commonly), the “C” is hard, the “i” is short, the “t” is stopped, and the “o” disappears

– /KLIHN[T]-’n//ˈklɪn[t].ʔn/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable 

 

Clipped
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “i” is short, the “pp” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “p” but is (usually) stopped, and since the root-word ends with the letter “p” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the “d” is pronounced like the letter “t”

/klih[p]-t/ – /klɪ[p].t/ – Notice also that the “t” ending acts as a second syllable

 

Clock
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, 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)

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

 

Clog
 – For this word, the “o” is short, the the “g” is hard

/klahg//klɑg/

 

Close
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “o” is long, the “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”, and the final “e” is silent

/klohz//kloz/ –

 

Closed
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “o” is long, the “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”, and since the root-word ends with the sound of the letter “z” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the “d” ending is (often) stopped

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

 

Closes
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “o” is long, the first “s” is pronounced like the letter “z”, the “e” of the “-es” ending turns into an i-schwa, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/KLOH-zihz//ˈklo.zə(ɪ)z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Closet
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “o” is pronounced like the “aw” combination, the “s” is pronounced like the letter “z” the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/KLAW-zih-[t]//ˈklɔ.zə(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 

 

Cloth
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “o” is pronounced like the “aw” combination, and the “th” combination is un-voiced

/klaw-th//klɔ.θ/ – Notice also that the “th” ending acts as a second syllable –  Click Here to Watch the Video

 

Clothes
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “o” is long, the “th” is either voiced or completely silent, the “e” is silent, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

– /kloh-thz//klo.ðz/  –  OR  –  /klohz//kloz/ – Notice also that (when the “th” is voiced) the “thz” ending acts as a second syllable –  Click Here to Watch the Video

 

Clothing
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “o” is long, the “th” combination is voiced, 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)

/KLOH-thing//ˈklo.ðɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable 

 

Cloud
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

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

 

Clouds
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is almost stopped, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

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

 

Cloudy
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination, the “d” is a flap-d, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/KLOW-dee//ˈklau.diː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

 

Clown
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “ow” is pronounced like in the word “now” or “how” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/klown/ – /klaun/ –

 

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

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

 

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

– /KLUH-bing//ˈklʌ.bɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable 

 

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

/kluh-bz/ – /klʌ.bz/ – Notice also that the “bz” ending acts as a second syllable

 

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

/KLUHS-t’r/ – /ˈklʌs.tɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable 

 

Clutching
 – For this word, the “C” is hard, the “u” is short, the “tch” combination is pronounced simply like the “ch” combination (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)

– /KLUH-ching//ˈklʌ.tʃɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable 

 

 

( American English Pronunciation – Letter C ) –


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