– American English Pronunciation –

– ( Letter T:  To ) –


 

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.

 


To

 

Ta . Te . Th . Ti . Tr . Ts . Tu . Tv . Tw . Ty

To
– For this word, the “o” is pronounced like the long letter “u”

/too//tu/

 

Tobacco
– For this word, the first “o” turns into a short-u-schwa, the “a” is short, the “cc” combination is pronounced simply like the single hard letter “c”, and the final “o” is long

/tuh--koh//tə(ʌ).ˈbæ.ko/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Tobacconist
– For this word, the first “o” turns into a short-u-schwa, the “a” is short, the “cc” combination is pronounced simply like the single hard letter “c”, the second “o” turns into a true-schwa, and for the “-ist” suffix – and the “i” is an i-schwa, and the final “t” is (often) stopped (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/tuh--kə-nih-s[t]//tə(ʌ).ˈbæ.kə.ə(ɪ).s[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “st” ending (even when the “t” is stopped) acts as a fifth syllable

 

Today
– For this word, the “o” is pronounced like the long letter “u”, and for the “-day” suffix – the “d” is a flap-d, and the “ay” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong

/too-DAY//tu.ˈɾeiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Toe
– For this word, the “oe” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “o”

/toh//to/

 

Together
– For this word, the “o” turns into a true-schwa, the “g” is hard, the first “e” is short, and for the “-er” suffix – the “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/tə-GEH-th’r//tə.ˈgɛ.ðɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Toilet
– For this word, the “oi” combination is pronounced like the “oy” combination, the “e” is pronounced like an i-schwa, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/TOY-lih[t]//ˈtoiː.lə(ɪ)[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Toilets
 – For this word, the “oi” combination is pronounced like the “oy” combination, the “e” is pronounced like an i-schwa

/TOY-lih-ts//ˈtoiː.lə(ɪ).ts/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “ts” ending acts as a separate syllable

 

Tokyo
– For this word, the first “o” is long, the “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, there is a phantom consonant letter “y” in-between the “y” and the “o” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), and the final “o” is long

/TOH-kee-yoh//ˈto.kiː.jo/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Tolerance
– For this word, the “o” is short, the “e” disappears, and for the “-ance” suffix – the “a” turns into an i-schwa, the “c” is soft, and the “e” is silent (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/TAH-l’r-ihns//ˈtɑ.lɚ.ə(ɪ)ns/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Tolerant
– For this word, the “o” is short, the “e” disappears, and for the “-ant” suffix” – the “a” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “t” is (often) stopped (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/TAH-l’r-ihn-[t]//ˈtɑ.lɚ.ə(ɪ)n.[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a fourth syllable

 

Tolerate
– For this word, the “o” is short, the first “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)

/TAH-l’r-ay[t]//ˈtɑ.lɚ.e[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Told
– For this word, the “o” is long, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is often stopped

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

 

Toll
– For this word, the “o” is long, 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)

/tohl//tol/

 

Tolls
– For this word, the “o” is long, 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 “z” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

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

 

Tomato
– For this word, the “o” turns into a true-schwa, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the second “t” is a flap-t, and the final “o” is long

/tə-MAY-doh//tə.ˈmeiː.ɾo/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Tomatoes
– For this word, the “o” turns into a true-schwa, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the second “t” is a flap-t, the final “oe” combination is pronounced simply like the single long “o”, and the final “s” is pronounced like the letter ‘z”

/tə-MAY-dohz//tə.ˈmeiː.ɾoz/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Tomb
– For this word, the “o” is pronounced like the long letter “u”, and the final “b” is silent

/toom//tum/

 

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

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

 

Tomorrow
– For this word, the “o” turns into a true-schwa, the second “o” is pronounced like the “aw” combination, 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”)

/tə-MAW-roh//tə.ˈmɔ.ɹo/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Ton
– For this word, the “o” is pronounced like the short letter “u”

/tuhn//tʌn/

 

Tone
– For this word, the “o” is long, and the final “e” is silent

/tohn//ton/

 

Tongue
– For this word, the “o” is pronounced like the short letter “u”, the “ng” combination is pronounced like in the word “sing” or “sung” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the “ue” combination is silent

/tung//tʌŋ/

 

Tonne
– For this word, the “o” is pronounced like the short letter “u”, the “nn” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “n” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “e” is silent

/tuhn//tʌn/

 

Too
– For this word, the “oo” combination is pronounced like the long letter “u”

/too//tu/

 

Took
– For this word, the “oo” combination turns into a true-schwa / short “I” combination as in the words “book” and “looks”, and the final “k” is (often) stopped

/təɪ[k]//təɪ[k]/ – Notice also that the “k” ending (when not stopped) acts as a separate syllable

 

Tool
– For this word, the “oo” combination is pronounced like the long letter “u”

/tool//tul/

 

Toolbar
– For this word, the “oo” combination is pronounced like the long letter “u”, and the “a” is pronounced like the short letter “o”

/TOOL-bahr//ˈtul.bɑɹ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Tooth
– For this word, the “oo” combination is pronounced simply like the long letter “u” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the “th” combination is un-voiced

/too-th//tu.θ/ – Notice also that the “th” ending acts as a second syllable

 

Top
– For this word, the “o” is short, and the final “p” is (often) stopped

/tah[p]//tɑ[p]/

 

Topic
– For this word, the “o” is short, the “i” is an i-schwa, and the final “c” is hard but is (often) stopped

/TAH-pih[k]//ˈtɑ.pə(ɪ)[k]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Tops
– For this word, the “o” is short

/tah-ps//tɑ.ps/ – Notice also that the “ps” ending acts as a separate syllable

 

Tornado
– For this word, the first “o” is long, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the “d” is a flap-d, and the final “o” is long

/tohr-NAY-doh//toɹ.ˈnaiː.ɾo/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Toronto
– For this word, the first “o” turns into a true-schwa, the second “o” is short, and the last “o” is long

/tə-RAHN-toh//tə.ˈɹɑn.to/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Total
– For this word, the “o” is long, the second “t” is a flap-t, and for the “-al” suffix – the “a” turns into a true-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/TOH-dəl//ˈto.ɾəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Totally
– For this word, the “o” is long, the second “t” is a flap-t, the “a” 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 the final letter “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/TOH-də-lee//ˈto.ɾə.liː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Touch
– For this word, the “ou” combination is pronounced simply like the single short letter “u”

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

 

Touched
– For this word, the “ou” combination is pronounced simply like the single short letter “u”, and since the root-word ends with the “ch” combination – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the final “d” is pronounced like the letter “t” but is (often) stopped

/TUH-ch-[t]//ˈtʌ.tʃ.[t]/ – Notice also that the “ch” combination and the “t” ending (when not stopped) act as separate syllables

 

Touching
– For this word, the “ou” combination is pronounced simply like the single short letter “u”, 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)

/TUH-ching//ˈtʌ.tʃɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Tough
– For this word, the “ou” is pronounced simply like the single short letter “u”, and the “gh” is pronounced like the letter “f”

/tuhf//tʌf/

 

Toughest
– For this word, the “ou” is pronounced simply like the single short letter “u”, and the “gh” is pronounced like the letter “f”, 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)

/TUH-fihs-[t]//tʌ.fə(ɪ)s.[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a separate syllable

 

Tour
– For this word, the “ou” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “u”, and there is a phantom letter “w” in-between the “u” and the “r” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next)

/TOO-w’r//ˈtu.wɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Tourist
– For this word, the “ou” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “u”, there is a phantom letter “w” in-between the “u” and the “r” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), and for the “-ist” suffix – and the “i” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “t” is (often) stopped (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/TOO-w’r-ihs-[t]//ˈtu.wɚ.ə(ɪ)s.[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a fourth syllable

 

Tourists
– For this word, the “ou” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “u”, there is a phantom letter “w” in-between the “u” and the “r” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), and for the “-ist” suffix – the “i” turns into an i-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/TOO-w’r-ihs-ts//ˈtu.wɚ.ə(ɪ)s.t/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “ts” ending acts as a separate syllable

 

Tourism
– For this word, the “ou” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “u”, there is a phantom letter “w” in-between the “u” and the “r” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), and for the “ism” suffix – the “i” is an i-schwa, the “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”, and there is a phantom-schwa in-between the “s” and the “m” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/TOO-w’r-ihzm//ˈtu.wɚ.ə(ɪ)zm/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Tournament
– For this word, the “ou” combination disappears, the “a” turns into a u-schwa, 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)

/T’R-nuh-mihn-[t]//ˈtɚ.nə(ʌ).mə(ɪ)n.[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a fourth syllable

 

Tours
– For this word, the “ou” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “u”, there is a phantom letter “w” in-between the “u” and the “r” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/TOO-w’rz//ˈtu.wɚz/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Toward
– for this word, the “w” is almost stopped, the “o” disappears, the “a” is pronounced like the long letter “o”, the “d” is (often) stopped

/t-WOHR-[d]//t-ˈwoɹ.[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” and the “d” ending (when not stopped) act as separate syllables

 

Towards
– for this word, the “w” is almost stopped, the “o” disappears, the “a” is pronounced like the long letter “o”, the “d” is (often) stopped, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/t-WOHR-[d]z//t-ˈwoɹ.[d]z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” and “dz” ending (even when the “d” is stopped) act as separate syllables

 

Towed
– For this word, the “ow” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “o” (the “w” does not affect the pronunciation of the letter “o”), and since the root-word ends with the sound of the letter “o” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

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

 

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

/TAH-w’r//ˈtɑ.wɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Town
– For this word, the “ow” combination is pronounced like in the word “how” or “now”

/town//tɑun/

 

Toy
– For this word, the “oy” combination is pronounced like in the word “boy” or “joy” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/toy//toiː/

 

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