– American English Pronunciation –

– ( Letter R:  Ret ) –


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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.

Ret

 

Ra . Rea . Reb . Rec . Red . Ref . Reg . Reh . Rej . Rel . Rem . Ren . Rep . Req . Res . Reu . Rev . Rew . Rh . Ri . Ro . Ru . Ry

 

Retail
– For this word, the “e” is long, and the “ai” combination is a Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “l” directly after it)

/REE-tayl//ˈɹiː.teɪl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

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

/REE-tay-l’r-z//ˈɹiː.teɪ.lɚ.z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Retailers
– For this word, the first “e” is long, 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), 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”

/REE-tay-l’r-z//ˈɹiː.teɪ.lɚ.z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “z” ending acts as a fourth syllable

 

Retain
– For this word, the first “e” is long, and the “ai” combination is pronounce like the Long “A” / long “E” Diphthong (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/ree-TAYN//ɹe.ˈteiːn/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Retaliation
– For this word, the first “e” turns into a true-schwa, the first “a” is short, the first “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, the second “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)

/rə--lee-AY-shihn//ɹə.ˌtæ.liː.ˈeiː.ʃə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that there is a minor stress on the second syllable and that the major stress is on the fourth syllable

 

Re-thinking
– For this word, the “e” is long, the “th” combination is un-voiced, the “in” combination is pronounced like the “ing” combination (this is due to the placement of the letter “k” directly after it), 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)

/ree-THING-king//ɹiː.ˈθɪŋ.kɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Retinas
– For this word, the “e” is short, the “ti” combination form a “glottal stop” (otherwise the “t” is standard and the “i” is an i-schwa), the “a” turns into a u-schwa, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/REH’-nuhz//ˈɹɛ.ʔnə(ʌ)z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Retire
– For this word, the first “e” turns into a true-schwa, 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 final “e” is silent

/rə-TIGH-y’r//ɹə.tʌiː.jɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Retired
– For this word, the first “e” turns into a true-schwa, 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), the second “e” combines with the “-ed” ending, and since the root-word ends with the sound of the letter “r” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/rə-TIGH-y’r'[d]//ɹə.tʌiː.jɚ.[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Retiree
– For this word, the first “e” turns into a true-schwa, 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 final “ee” combination is pronounced simply like the long letter “e”

/rə-TIGH-y’r-ee//ɹə.tʌiː.yɚ.iː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Retirement
– For this word, the first “e” turns into a true-schwa, 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), the second “e” is silent, and for the “-ment” 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)

/rə-TIGH-y’r-mihn-[t]//ɹə.tʌiːjɚ.mə(ɪ)n.[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a fifth syllable

 

Retreat
– For this word, the first “e” turns into a true-schwa, the “t” is pronounced like the “ch” combination (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”, and the final “t” is often stopped

/rə-CHREE[T]//ɹə.ˈtʃɹiː[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Retrieve
– For this word, the first “e” turns into a true-schwa, the “t” is pronounced like the “ch” combination (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), the “ie” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”, and the final “e” is silent

/ree-CHREEV//ɹiː.ˈtʃɹiːv/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Retriever
– For this word, the first “e” turns into a true-schwa, the “t” is pronounced like the “ch” combination (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), the “ie” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”, and for the “-er” suffix – the “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/rih-CHREE-v’r//ɹə(ɪ).ˈtʃɹiː.vɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Return
– For this word, the first “e” turns into a true-schwa, and the “u” disappears

/rə-T’R-n//ɹə.ˈtɚ.n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “n” ending acts as a third syllable

 

Returned
– For this word, the first “e” turns into a true-schwa, the “u” disappears, and since the root-word ends with the letter “n” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the final “d” is (sometimes) stopped

/rə-T’RN-[d]//ɹə.ˈtɚn.[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable

 

Returns
– For this word, the first “e” turns into a true-schwa, the “u” disappears, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/rə-T’RN-z//ɹə.ˈtɚn.z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “z” ending acts as a third syllable

 

– ( American English Pronunciation – Letter R ) –


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