– American English Pronunciation –

– ( Letter S:  Sw ) –


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.

Sw

 

Sa . Sc . Se . Sh . Si . Sk . Sl . Sm . Sn . So . Sp . Sq . St . Su . Sy

Swallow
– For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the short letter “o”, the “ll” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “l”, and the “ow” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “o” (the “w” does not affect the pronunciation)

/SWAH-loh//ˈswɑ.lo/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Swanky
– For this word, the “a” is short, the “n” is pronounced like the “ng” combination (this is due to the placement of the letter “k” directly after it), and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/SWæNG-kee//ˈswæŋ.kiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Swear
– For this word, the “ea” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong

/swayr//sweɪɹ/

 

Swearing
– For this word, the “ea” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong, 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)

/SWAYR-ing//ˈsweɪɹ.ɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Sweat
– For this word, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single short letter “e”, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/sweh[t]//swɛ[t]/

 

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

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

 

Sweatshop
 – For this word, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single short letter “e”, the “t” is stopped, the “sh” combination is un-voiced, the “o” is short, and the final “p” is (usually) stopped

/SWEH[T]-shah[p]//ˈswɛ[t].ʃɑ[p]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Swede
– For this word, the first “e” is long, the “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped, and the second “e” is silent

/swee[d]//swiː[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Sweden
– For this word, the first “e” is long, the “d” is a flap-d, and the second “e” turns into an i-schwa

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

 

Sweep
– For this word, the “ee” 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 “p” is (often) stopped

/swee[p]//swiː[p]/

 

Sweet
– For this word, the “ee” 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 “t” is (often) stopped

/swee[t]//swiː[t]/

 

Swell
– For this word, the “e” is short, and the “ll” combination is pronounced like the single letter “l” (this is the standard Pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/swehl//swɛl/

 

Swelling
– For this word, the “e” is short, and the “ll” combination is pronounced like the single letter “l” (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)

/SWEH-ling//ˈswɛ.lɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Swerve
– For this word, the first “e” diappears, and the final “e” is silent

/sw’r-v//swɚ.v/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “v” ending acts as a separate syllable

 

Swim
– For this word, the “i” is short

/swihm//swɪm/

 

Swimming
– For this word, the “i” is short, 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)

/SWIH-ming//ˈswɪ.mɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Swims
– For this word, the “i” is short, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/swih-mz//swɪ.mz/ – Notice also that the “mz” ending acts as a separate syllable

 

Swing
– For this word, the “-ing” combination is pronounced like in the word “sing” or “ring” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/swing//ˈswɪŋ/

 

Swiss
– For this word, the “i” 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)

/swihs//swɪs/

 

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

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

 

Switzerland
– For this word, the “i” is short, the “tz” combination is pronounced like the “ts” combination, the “e” disappears, and for the “-land” suffix – the “a” turns into an i-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/SWIH-ts’r-lihn-[d]//ˈswɪ.tsɚ.lə(ɪ)n.[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “d” ending acts as a fourth syllable

 

Swollen
– For this word, the “o” turns into a true-schwa, 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), and for the “-en” suffix – the “e” turns into an i-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/SWə-lihn//ˈswə.lə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Sword
– For this word, the w is silent, the “o” is long, and the final “d” is often stopped

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

 

Swords
– For this word, the w is silent, the “o” is long, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

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

 

– ( American English Pronunciation – Letter S ) –


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