– American English Pronunciation –

– ( Letter N:  Na ) –


 

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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.

 


Na

 

Ne . Ni . No . Nu

 

Nag
– For this word, the “a” is short, and the final “g” is hard

/næg//næg/

 

Nail
– For this word, 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)

/na-yl//ne.ɪl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Naive
– For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the long letter “i”, there is a phantom consonant letter “y” in-between the letter “a” and the letter “i”, the “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, and the final “e” is silent

/nai-YEEV//naiː.ˈjiːv/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Naked
– For this word, the “a” is a True Long “A”, the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/NAY-kih[d]//ˈneiː.kə(ɪ)[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

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

/naym//neiːm/

 

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

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

 

Nantes
– For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the short letter “o”, there is a phantom letter “l” in-between the “a” and the second “n” (this is due to the fact that it is the name of a French city and therefore should be pronounced as closely to the French as is possible for the person speaking), the “e” is silent, and the final “s” is silent

/na[l]nt//nɑ[l]nt/

 

Napoleon
– For this name, the “a” turns into a u-schwa, the “o” is long, the “e” is long, and the last “o” turns into a i-schwa

/nuh-POH-lee-ihn//nə(ʌ).ˈpo.liː.ə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Narrow
– For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), the “rr” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “r” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the “ow” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “o” (the “w” does not affect the pronunciation of the letter “o” – This is NOT the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/NAYR-oh//ˈneɪɹ.o/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Narrowed
– For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), the “rr” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “r” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the “ow” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “o” (the “w” does not affect the pronunciation of the letter “o” – This is NOT the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and since the root-word ends with the sound of the long letter “o” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/NAYR-oh-[d]//ˈneɪɹ.o.[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable

 

NASA
– For this acronym, the first “A”, is short, and the second “A” turns into a u-schwa

/-suh//ˈnæ.sə(ʌ)/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Nation
– For this word, the “a” is a Long “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)

/NAY-shihn//ˈneiː.ʃə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

National
– For this word, the “a” is short, for the “-tion” suffix – the “ti” combination is pronounced like the un-voiced “sh” combination (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue), the “o” turns into an i-schwa, and for the “-al” suffix – the “a” turns into a true-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/-shih-nəl//ˈnæ.ʃə(ɪ).nəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Nationalities
– For this word, the “a” is short, 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), the second “a” is short, the second “i” is an i-schwa, the “t” is a flap-t, 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”

/næ-shihn--lih-deez//næ.ʃə(ɪ).ˈnæ.lə(ɪ).ɾiːz/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Native
– For this word, the “a” is a True Long “A”, the “t” is a flap-t, and for the “-ive” suffix – the “i” is an i-schwa, and the “e” is silent (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/NAY-dihv//ˈneiː.ɾɪv/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Natural
– For this word, the “a” is short, 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 for the “-al” suffix – the “a” turns into a true-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

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

 

Naturalistic (Natural-ist-ic)
– For this word, the first “a” is short, the “t” is pronounced like the “ch” combination (this is due to the placement of the letter “u” directly after it), the “u” disappears, for the “-al” suffix – the “a” turns into a true-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue), for the “-ist” suffix – the “i” is short (this is NOT the standard pronunciation of this suffix 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)

/.ch’r.əl.IHS-tih[k]//ˌnæ.tʃɚ.əl.ˈɪs.tə(ɪ)[k]/ – Notice also that there is a minor stress on the first syllable and that the major stress is on the fourth syllable

 

Naturally
– For this word, the “a” is short, the “t” is pronounced like the “ch” combination (this is due to the placement of the letter “u” directly after it), the “u” disappears, the “a” turns into a u-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 the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/-chruh-lee//ˈnæ.tʃɹə(ʌ).liː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Nature
– For this word, the “a” is a True Long “A”, the “t” is pronounced like the “ch” combination (this is due to the placement of the letter “u” directly behind it), the “u” disappears, and the final “e” is silent

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

 

Naughty
– For this word, the “augh” combination is pronounced like the “aw” combination, the “t” is a flap-t, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/NAW-dee//ˈnɔ.ɾiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

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

/NAY-vee//ˈneiː.viː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

– ( American English Pronunciation – Letter N ) –


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