– American English Pronunciation –

– ( Letter H:  Hi ) –


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.

 


Hi

 

Ha . He . Ho . Hr . Hu . Hy

 

Hi
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, and the “i” is long

/hai//haiː/

Hibernate
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, the “i” is pronounced like the “igh” combination, the “e” disappears, 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)

/HIGH-b’r-nay[t]//ˈhʌiː.bɚ.ne[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Hidden
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, the “i” is short, the “dd” combination is pronounced like a single flap-d (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and for the “-en” suffix – the “e” turns into an i-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/HIH-dihn//ˈhɪ.ɾə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Hide
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, the “i” is long, the “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped, and the final “e” is silent

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

Hiding
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, the “i” is long, 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)

/HAI-ding//ˈhaiː.ɾɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Hierarchical
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, the “ie” combination is pronounced like the “igh” combination, there is a phantom consonant letter “y” in-between the “e” and the “r” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), the “a” is pronounced like the short letter “o”, the “ch” combination is pronounced like the letter “k”,, and for the “-ic” suffix – the “i” is an i-schwa, and the final “c” is hard (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)

/high-yr-AHR-kih-kəl//hʌiː.jɚ.ˈɑɹ.kə(ɪ).kəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable

Hierarchy
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, the “ie” combination is pronounced like the “igh” combination, there is a phantom consonant letter “y” in-between the “e” and the “r” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), the “a” is pronounced like the short letter “o”, the “ch” combination is pronounced simply like the single hard letter “c”, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/HIGH-yr-ahr-kee//ˈhʌiː.jɚ.ɑɹ.kiː/ – Notice that the stress is on the first syllable

High
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, and the “igh” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “i” (this is NOT the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/hai//haiː/

High-School
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, the “igh” combination is pronounced like in the word “fight” or “night” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination), then the “ch” combination is pronounced like the letter “k”, and the “oo” combination is pronounced like the long letter “u” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/HIGH-skool//ˈhʌiː.skul/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

High-Tech
– This term is pronounced like two separate words. For the first, the “H” is pronounced, the “igh” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “i” (this is NOT the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue). For the second word, the “e” is short, and the “ch” combination is pronounced simply like the single hard letter “c”

/hai-TEH-k//haiː.ˈtɛ.k/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Higher
– For this word the “H” is pronounced, the “igh” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “i” (this is NOT the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), there is a phantom consonant “y” in-between the “igh” combination and the “-er” suffix (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), and for the “-er” suffix – the “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/HAI-yr//ˈhaiː.jɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Highest
– For this word, the “igh” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “i” (this is NOT the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), there is a phantom consonant “y” in-between the “igh” combination and the “-est” suffix (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), 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)

/HAI-yihs[t]//ˈhaiː.jə(ɪ)s[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Highlight
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced”, the “igh” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “i” (this is NOT the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the second “igh” combination is pronounced like in the word “light” or “night” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tounge), and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/HAI-ligh[t]//ˈhaiː.lʌiː[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Highly
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, the “igh” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “i” (this is NOT the standard pronunciation of this letter combination 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 letter combination in The Common Tongue)

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

Highway
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, the “igh” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “i” (this is NOT the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the “ay” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/HAI-way//ˈhaiː.weiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Hijacked
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, the “i” is long, the “j” is pronounced like the soft letter “g”, the “a” is short, the “ck” combination is pronounced like the single letter “k” but virtually disappears (this is due to the “t” sound of the “-ed” ending), and the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the final “d” is pronounced like the letter “t”

/HAI-dʒæ[k].t//ˈhaiː.dʒæ[k].t/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Hike
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, the first “i” is pronounced like the “igh” combination, the “k” is (often) stopped, and the final “e” is silent

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

Hiking
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, the first “i” is pronounced like the “igh” combination, 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)

/HIGH-king//ˈhʌiː.kɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Hilarious
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, the first “i” is an i-schwa, the “a” is a Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), the second “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)

/hih-LAYR-ee-ihs//hə(ɪ).ˈleɪɹ.iː.ə(ɪ)s/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Hill
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, this “i” is short, and the “ll” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “l” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/hihl//hɪl/

Hillary
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, the “i” is short, 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 “a” disappears, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/HIH-l’r-ee//ˈhɪ.lɚ.iː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Him
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, and the “i” is short

/hihm//hɪm/

Himalayan
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, the “i” is an i-schwa, the first “a” turns into a true-schwa, the second “a” is long, the “y” takes the consonant sound, and the third “a” turns into an i-schwa

/hih-muh-LAY-yihn//hə(ɪ).mə(ʌ).ˈleiː.jə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable

Himself (him-Self)
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, the “i” is short, and the “e” is short

/hihm-SEHL-f//hɪm.ˈsɛl.f/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “f” ending acts as a third syllable

Hinder
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, the “i” is short, and the “e” disappears

/HIHN-d’r//ˈhɪn.dɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Hip
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, the “i” is short, and the final “p” is (often) stopped

/hih[p]//hɪ[p]/

Hippocampus
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, he “i” is short, the “pp” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “p” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “o” is long, the “c” is hard, the “a” is short, and the “u” turns into an i-schwa

/hih-poh-KæM-pihs//ˌhɪ.po.ˈkæm.pə(ɪ)s/ – Notice also that there is a minor stress on the first syllable and that the major stress is on the third syllable

Hire
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, and for the “-ire” combination – the “i” is pronounced like the “igh” combination, there is a phantom consonant letter “y” in-between the “i” and the “r” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), and the “e” is silent (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/HIGH-yr//ˈhʌiː.jɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

His
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, the “i” is short, and the “s” is pronounced like the letter “z”

/hihz//hɪz/

Historic
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, the first “i” turns into an i-schwa, the “o” is long, 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)

/hihs-TOHR-ih[k]//hə(ɪ)s.ˈtoɹ.ə(ɪ)[k]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Historical
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, the first “i” is an i-schwa, the “o” is long, and for the “-ic” suffix – the “i” is an i-schwa, and the final “c” is hard (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)

/hihs-TOHR-ihkəl//hə(ɪ)s.ˈdoɹ.ə(ɪ).kəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

History
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, the “i” is short, the “t” is pronounced almost like the “ch” combination (this is because the “o” virtually disappears, making the “r” the next sound), the “o” virtually disappears, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/HIHS-chree//ˈhɪs.tʃɹiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Hit
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, the “i” is short, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/hih[t]//hɪ[t]/

Hitch
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, the “i” is short, the “tch” combination is pronounced simply as the “ch” combination (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

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

Hitches
– For this word, the “H” is pronounced, the “i” is short, the “tch” combination is pronounced simply as the “ch” combination (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”

/HIH-chihz//ˈhɪ.tʃə(ɪ)z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Hits
– For this word the “H” is pronounced, and the “i” is short

/hih-ts//hɪ.ts/ – Notice also that the “ts” ending acts as a second syllable

 

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