– American English Pronunciation –

– ( Letter U:  Unn-Unz ) –


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.

Unn-Unz

 

Ub . Uf . Ug . Uk . Ul . Um . Una-Unm . Up . Ur . Us . Ut

Unnecessary (un-necessary)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “nn” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “n” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the first “e” is short, the “c” is soft, the second “e” turns into a true-schwa, the “ss” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “s” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and for the “-ary” suffix – the “a” is a Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/uhn-NEH-sə-sayr-ee//ʌn.ˈnɛ.sə.seɪɹ.iː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Unobtainable (un-obtain-able)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “O” turns into a u-schwa, the “ai” is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, 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 one of two standard pronunciations of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/uhn-uhb-TAYN-uh-əl//ˌʌn.ə(ʌ)b.ˈteiːn.ə(ʌ).bəl/ – Notice also that there is a minor stress on the first syllable and that the main stress is on the third syllable

 

Unpack (un-pack)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “a” is short, the “ck” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “k” but at the end of the word is (often) stopped (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/uhn--[k]//ʌn.ˈpæ.[k]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Unpacking (un-packing)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “a” is short, the “ck” combination is pronounced simply like the single 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)

/uhn--king//ʌn.ˈpæ.kɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Unplanned (un-planned)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “a” is short, 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 since the root-word ends with the letter “n” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the final “d” is (sometimes) stopped

/uhn-PLæN-[d]//ʌn.ˈplæn.[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable

 

Unpleasant (un-please-ant)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single short letter “e”, the “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”, 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)

/uhn-PLEH-zihn-[t]//ʌn.ˈplɛ.zə(ɪ)n.[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “t” ending acts as a fourth syllable

 

Unpredictable (un-pre-dict-able)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the first “e” is is a true-schwa, the “i” is short, the “c” is hard but is (often) stopped, 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 one of two standard pronunciations of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/uhn-prə-DIH[K]-tuh-bəl//ˌʌn.pɹə.ˈdɪ[k].tə(ʌ).bəl/ – Notice also that there is a minor stress on the first syllable and that the major stress is on the third syllable

 

Unproductive (un-Productive)
– For this word, the “U” is a u-schwa, the “o” turns into a true-schwa, the second “u” is short, the “c” is hard but is almost stopped, and for the “-ive” suffix – the “i” is an i-schwa, and the final “e” is silent (this is
the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/uhn-prə-DUH[K]-tihv//ˌə(ʌ)n.pɹə.ˈdʌ[k].tə(ɪ)v/ – Notice also that there is a minor stress on the first syllable and that the major stress is on the third syllable

 

Unravel (un-ravel)
– For this word, the “U” turns into a u-schwa, the “a” is short, and the “e” turns into a true-schwa

/uhn--vəl//ə(ʌ)n.ˈɹæ.vəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Unrealistic (un-real-ist-ic)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “e” is long, the “a” turns into a u-schwa, for the “-ist” suffix – the “i” is an i-schwa, 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)

/uhn-ree-uh-LIHS-tihk//ʌn.ɹiː.ə(ʌ).ə(ɪ)s.tə(ɪ)[k]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Unreasonable (un-reason-able)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”, the “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”, the “o” turns into an i-schwa, 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 one of two standard pronunciations of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/uhn-REE-zihn-uh-bəl//ʌn.ˈɹiː.zə(ɪ).nə(ʌ).bəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Unreliable (un-rely-able)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “e” is long, the “i” is long, 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 one of two standard pronunciations of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/uhn-ree-LAI-uh-bəl//ʌn.ɹiː.ˈlaiː.ə(ʌ).bəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable

 

Unrepentant (un-repent-ant)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the first “e” is long, the second “e” is short, 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)

/un-ree-PEHN-tihn[t]//ə(ʌ)n.ɹiː.ˈpɛn.tə(ɪ)n[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable

 

Unrivaled (un-rivaled)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “i” is long, the “a” turns into a true-schwa, 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

/uhn-RAI-vəl-d//ʌn.ˈraiː.vəl.ɾ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts as a fourth syllable

 

Unsatisfactory (un-satisfactory)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the first “a” is short, the first “t” is a flap-t, the “i” is an i-schwa, the second “a” is short, the “c” is hard but is (often) stopped, the second “t” is pronounced like the “ch” combination (this is due to the fact that the “o” disappears, so the next sound is the letter “r”), the “o” disappears, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/uhn-sæ-dihs-[K]-chree//ʌn.sæ.ɾə(ɪ)s.ˈfæk.tʃɹiː/ – Notice also that there is a minor stress on the first syllable and that the major stress is on the fourth syllable

 

Unscrupulous (Un-Scrupulous)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “c” is hard, the second “u” is long, the third “u” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, and for the “-ous” suffix – the “ou” combination turns into an i-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/uhn-SKROO-pyoo-lihs//ʌn.ˈskɹu.pju.lə(ɪ)s/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Unstable (un-stable)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “a” is a long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, 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

/uhn-STAY-bəl//uhn.ˈsteiː.bəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Unsteady (un-steady)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single short letter “e”, the “d” is a flap-d, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/uhn-STEH-dee//ʌn.s.ˈtɛ.ɾiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Unsuccessful (un-success-ful)
– For this word, the “u” is short, the second “u” turns into a true-schwa, for the “cc” combination – the first “c” is hard, the second “c” is soft (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “e” 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), and for the “-ful” suffix – the “u” turns into a true-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/uhn-sək-SEHS-fəl//ˌʌn.sək.ˈsɛs.fəl/ – Notice also that there is a minor stress on the first syllable and that the major stress is on the third syllable

 

Unsustainable
– For this word, the “U” is short, the second “u” turns into a true-schwa, the “ai” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, ə ( ʌ ).b ə l – , 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)

/uhn-sə-STAYN-uh-bəl//ʌn.sə.ˈsteiːn.ə(ʌ).bəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable

 

Untidiness (un-tidy-ness)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the first “i” is long, the “d” is a flap-d, the second “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, and for the “-ness” suffix – the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the “ss” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “s” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/uhn-TAI-dee-nihs//ʌn.ˈtaiː.ɾiː.nə(ɪ)s/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Untidy (un-tidy)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “i” is long, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/uhn-TAI-dee//ʌn.ˈtaiː.ɾiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Until
– For this word, the “U” is short, and the “i” is short

/uhn-TIHL//ʌn.ˈtɪl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Unusable
– For this word, the “U” is a u-schwa, the second “u” is pronounced like the pronoun “You”, the “s” is pronounced like the letter “z”, and for the “-able” suffix – the “a” turns into a u-schwa, there is 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)

/uhn-YOO-zuh-bəl//ə(ʌ)n.ˈju.zə(ʌ).bəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Unused (un-used)
– For this word, the first “u” is short, the second “u” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”, and since the root-word ends with the sound of the letter “z” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the final “d” is (sometimes) stopped

/uhn-YOUZ-[d]//ʌn.ˈjuz.[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Unusual (un-usual)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the second “u” is is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the “s” is pronounced like the voiced “sh” combination, the third “u” is long, and the final “a” turns into a true-schwa

/uhn-YOO-zhuu-əl//ʌn.ˈju.ʒu.əl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Unusually (un-usually)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the second “u” is long, the “su” combination is pronounced like the voiced “sh” combination, and for the “-ally suffix – 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 “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/uhn-YOO-zhəl-ee//ʌn.ˈju.ʒəl.iː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Unwilling (un-willing)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the first “i” is short, 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 “-ing” suffix is pronounced like in the word “sing” or “ring” (this is the
standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/uhn-WIH-ling//ʌn.ˈwɪ.lɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

– ( American English Pronunciation – Letter U ) –


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