– American English Pronunciation –

– ( Letter L:  La ) –


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 words 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 through-out 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.

 


La

 

Le . Li . Lo . Lu

 

 

Lab
– For this word, the “a” is short, and the final “b” is (often) stopped

/læ[b]//læ[b]/

 

Label
– For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, and the “e” turns into a true-schwa

/LAY-bəl//ˈleiː.bəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Labelled
– For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the first “e” 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), and since the root-word ends with the letter “l” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/LAY-bəl-[d]//ˈleiː.bəl.[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts third syllable

 

Labeling
– For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the “e” turns into a true-schwa, and the “-ing” ending is pronounced like in the word “sing” or “ring” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/LAY-bə-ling//ˈleiː.bə.lɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Labor
– For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, and for the “-or” suffixthe “o” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/LAY-b’r//ˈleiː.bɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Laboratories
– For this word, the “a” is short, the “o” disappears, the “a” turns into a true-schwa, the second “o” is long, the “ie” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/LæB-rə-tohr-eez//ˈlæb.ɹə.toɹ.iːz/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Laboratory
– For this word, the first “a” is short, the “o” disappears, the second “a” turns into a true-schwa, the “o” is long, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/LæB-rə-tohr-ee//ˈlæb.ɹə.toɹ.iː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Lace
 – For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the “c” is soft, and the final “e” is silent

/lays//leiːs/

 

Lack
– For this word, the “a” 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)

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

 

Lacking
– For this word, the “a” is short, the “ck” combination is pronounced like the letter “k” (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)

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

 

Ladder
– For this word, the “a” is short, the “dd” combination is pronounced simply like a single flap-d (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and for the “-er” suffixthe “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

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

 

Lady
– For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the “d” is a flap-d, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/LAY-dee//ˈleiː.ɾiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Lake
– For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, and the final “e” is silent

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

 

Lamb
– For this word, the “a” is short, and the “b” is silent

/læm//læm/

 

Lamp
– For this word, the “a” is short, and the final “p” is (often) almost stopped

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

 

Land
– For this word, the “a” is short, and the “d” is (often) stopped

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

 

Landscape
– For this word, the first “a” is short, and the “d” is (often) stopped, the “c” is hard, the second “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the “p” is (usually) stopped, and the final “e” is silent

/LæN[D]-skay[p]//ˈlæn[d].skeiː[p]/ – Notice also that the “p” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable

 

Landscapes
– For this word, the first “a” is short, and the “d” is (often) stopped, the “c” is hard, the second “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, and the “e” is silent

/LæN[D]-skay-ps//ˈlæn[d].skeiː.ps/ – Notice also that the “ps” ending acts as a third syllable

 

Landslide (Land-Slide)
– For this word, the “a” is short, the “d” is (often) stopped, the “i” is long, the second “d” is (often) stopped, and the final “e” is silent

/LæN[D]-slaiː[d]//ˈlæn[d].slaiːn[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Lane
– For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, and the final “e” is silent

/layn//leiːn/

 

Language
– For this word, the “a” is short, the “n” is pronounced like the “ng” combination (this is due to the placement of the hard letter “g” directly after it), the first “g” is hard (pronounced separately from the letter “n”), the “u” is pronounced like the letter “w”, and for the “-age” suffix – the “a” turns into an i-schwa, the “g” is soft, and the “e” is silent (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/LæNG-gwihdʒ//ˈlæŋ.gwə(ɪ)dʒ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Languish
– For this word, the “a” is short, the “n” is pronounced like the “ng” combination (this is due to the placement of the hard letter “g” directly after it), the “g” is hard (pronounced separately from the letter “n”), the “u” is pronounced like the letter “w”, the “i” is an i-schwa, and the “sh” combination is un-voiced

/LæNG-gwih-sh//ˈlæŋ.gwə(ɪ).ʃ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “sh” ending acts as a third syllable

 

Languished
– For this word, the “a” is short, the “n” is pronounced like the “ng” combination (this is due to the placement of the hard letter “g” directly after it), the “g” is hard (pronounced separately from the letter “n”), the “u” is pronounced like the letter “w”, the “i” is an i-schwa, the “sh” combination is un-voiced, and since the root-word ends with the “sh” combination – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the “d” is pronounced like the letter “t” but is (often) stopped

/LæNG-gwihsh-[t]//ˈlæŋ.gwə(ɪ)ʃ.[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “sh” combination and the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable

 

Lapel
– For this word, the “a” turns into a true-schwa, and the “e” is short

/lə-PEHL//lə.ˈpɛl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Laptop
– For this word, the “a” is short, the first “p” is (usually) stopped, the “o” is short, and the final “p” is (often) stopped

/[P]-tah[p]//ˈlæ[p].tɑ[p]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Large
– For this word, the “a” is pronounced the short letter “o”, the “g” is soft, and the final “e” is silent

/lahr-dʒ//lɑɹ.dʒ/ – Notice also that the soft “g” ending acts as a second syllable

 

Largely
– For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the short letter “o”, the “g” is soft, the “e” is silent, 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)

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

 

Larger
– For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the short letter “o”, the “g” is soft, and for the “-er” suffixthe “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/LAHR-dʒ’r//ˈlɑɹ.dʒɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Largest
– For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the short letter “o”, the “g” is soft, 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)

/LAHR-dʒihs-[t]//ˈlɑɹ.dʒə(ɪ)s.[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable

 

Lasagna
– For this word, the first “a” turns into a u-schwa, the “s” is pronounced like the letter “z”, the second “a” is pronounced like the short letter “o”, the “g” is silent, there is a phantom consonant letter “y” in-between the “n” and the final “a”, and the final “a” turns into a u-schwa

/luh-ZAHN-yuh//lə(ʌ).ˈzɑn.jə(ʌ)/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Last
– For this word, the “a” is short, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

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

 

Late
– For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the “t” is (usually) stopped, and the final “e” is silent

/lay[t]//leiː[t]/

 

Lately
– For this word, the “a” is a True Long “A”, the “t” is (often) stopped, the “e” is silent, 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)

/LAY[T]-lee//ˈleiː[t].liː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

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

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

 

Lateral
– For this word, the “a” is short, the “t” is a flap-t, the “e” 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)

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

 

Latest
– For this word, the “a” is long, the “t” is a flap-t, 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)

/LAY-dihs-[t]//ˈleɪ.ɾə(ɪ)s.[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable

 

Latin
– For this word, the “a” is short, the “t” is (usually) stopped, and the “i” is an i-schwa

/[T]-ihn//ˈlæ.[t]ə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Latitude
– For this word, the “a” is short, the first “t” is is a flap-t, the “i” is an i-schwa, the “u” is long, the “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped, and the final “e” is silent

/-dih-too[d]//ˈlæ.ɾə(ɪ).tu[ɾ] / – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Latter
– For this word, the “a” is short, the “tt” combination is pronounced simply like the single flap-t (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the “e” disappears

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

 

Laugh
– For this word, the “au” combination is pronounced simply like the single short letter “a”, and the final “gh” combination is pronounced like the letter “f”

/læf//læf/

 

Laughable
– For this word, the “au” combination is pronounced simply like the single short letter “a”, the final “gh” combination is pronounced like the letter “f”, and for the “-able” suffix – the “a” turns into a u-schwa, there is a phantom-schwa in-between the “b” and the “l” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), and the final “e” is silent (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/-fuh-bəl//ˈlæ.fə(ʌ).bəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Laughing
– For this word, the “au” combination is pronounced simply like the single short letter “a”, the “gh” combination is pronounced like the letter “f”, 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)

/-fing//ˈlæ.fɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Laughter
– For this word, the “au” combination is pronounced simply like the single short letter “a”, the “gh” combination is pronounced like the letter “f”, and for the “-er” suffixthe “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

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

 

Launch
– For this word, the “au” combination is pronounced like an “aw” combination

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

 

Launder
– For this word, the “au” combination is pronounced like the “aw” combination, and the “e” disappears

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

 

Laundromat
– For this word, the “au” combination is pronounced like the “aw” combination, the “d” is pronounced like the soft letter “g” (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), the “o” turns into a true-schwa, the second “a” is short, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/LAWN-dʒrə-mæ[t]//ˈlɔn.dʒɹə.mæ[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Lavaliere
– For this word, the first “a” is short, the second “a” turns into a true-schwa, the “ie” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”, 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), and the final “e” is silent

/læ-və-LEE-y’r//læ.və.ˈliː.jɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable

 

Law
– For this word, the “aw” combination is pronounced like in the word “saw” or “paw” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/law//lɔ/

 

Laws
– For this word, the “aw” sound like in the word “saw” or “paw” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/law-z//lɔ.z/ – Notice also that the “z” ending acts as a second syllable

 

Lawsuit
– For this word, the “aw” combination is pronounced like the the word “saw” or “paw” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “ui” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “u” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/LAW-soo[t]//ˈlɔ.su[t] / – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable

 

Lawyer
– For this word, the “awy” combination is pronounced like an “oy” combination, and for the “-er” suffixthe “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/LOH-y’r//ˈloiː.ɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Lawyers
– For this word, the “awy” combination is pronounced like an “oy” combination, for the “-er” suffixthe “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”

/LOH-y’r-z//ˈloiː.ɚ.z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “z” ending acts as a second syllable

 

Lay
– For this word, 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)

/lay//leiː/

 

Layer
– For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the “y” takes the consonant sound, and for the “-er” suffixthe “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/LAY-y’r//ˈleiː.jɚ/ – Notice also that –

 

Layman
– For this word, the “ay” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, and the second “a” turns into an i-schwa

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

 

Layman’s
– For this word, the “ay” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the second “a” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/LAY-mihn-z//ˈleiː.mə(ɪ)n.z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “z” ending acts as a third syllable

 

Layoff
– For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the “y” takes the consonant sound (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), the “o” is pronounced like the “aw” combination, 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)

/LAY-yawf//ˈleiː.jɔf/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Layout
– For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the “y” takes the consonant, and the “ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/LAY-yow[t]//ˈleiː.jɑu[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable

 

Layouts
– For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the “y” takes the consonant, and the “ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination

/LAY-yow-ts//ˈleiː.jɑu.ts/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “ts” ending acts as a third syllable

 

Layton
– For this name, the “ay” combination is pronounced like a True Long “A”, the “t” is (usually) stopped, and the “o” disappears

/LAY[T]-’n//ˈleiː.[t]ən/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Lazy
– For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/LAY-zee//ˈleiː.ziː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

– ( American English PronunciationLetter L ) –


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