– American English Pronunciation –

– ( Letter U ) –


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.

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.


Uu

 

Uf . Ug . Uk . Ul . Um . Una . Unb . Unc . Und . Une . Unf . Ung . Unh . Uni . Unj . Unk . Unl . Unm . Unn . Uno . Unp . Unq . Unr . Uns . Unt . Unu . Unv . Unw . Up . Ur . Us . Ut

 

Ub

Ubiquity
 – For this word, the “U” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the first “i” is short, the “qu” combination is pronounced like the “kw” combination (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and for the “-ity” suffix – the “i” is an i-schwa, the “t” is a flap-t, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/yoo-BIH-kwi-dee//ju.ˈbɪ.kwə(ɪ).ɾiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Uf

UFO
– For this acronym, we pronounce all of the letters by the name of each individual letter

– /you-ehf-oh//ju.ɛf.ou/

Ug

Ugliest
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the “g” is hard, the “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, there is a phantom consonant letter “y” in-between the “i” and the “e” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), 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)

/UH-glee-yihs-[t]//ˈʌ.gliː.jə(ɪ)s.[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Ugly
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the “g” is hard, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/UH-glee/ – /ˈʌ.gliː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

Uk

Ukraine
 – For this word, the “U” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the “ai” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, and the final “e” is silent

– /yoo-KRAYN//ju.ˈkɹeiːn/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Ukrainian
 – For this word, the “U” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the “ai” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the second “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, there is a phantom consonant letter “y” in-between the second letter “i” and the second letter “a” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), and the second “a” turns into an i-schwa

– /yoo-KRAY-nee-yihn//ju.ˈkɹeiː.niː.jə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Ul

Ultimate
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the “i” is an i-schwa, and for the “-ate” suffix – the “a” turns into an i-schwa, the “t” is (often)
stopped, and the final “e” is silent (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/UHL-tih-mih[t]/ – /ˈʌl.tə(ɪ).mə(ɪ)[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Ultimately
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the “i” turns into an i-schwa, and for the “-ate” suffix – the “a” turns into an i-schwa, the “t” is (often) stopped, and the final “e” is silent (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this suffix in The Common Tongue), and for the “-ly” suffix – the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/UHL-tih-mih[t]-lee//ˈʌl.tə(ɪ).mə(ɪ)[t].liː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Um

Umbrella
 – For this word, the “U” is a u-schwa, the “e” 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 final “a” turns into a u-schwa

/uhm-BREH-luh/ – /ə(ʌ)m.ˈbɹɛ.lə(ʌ)/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Una

Unable (un-able)
– For this word, the “U” is a u-schwa, and for the “-able” suffix – 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 (this is NOT the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/uhn-AY-bəl/ – /ə(ʌ)n.ˈeiː.bəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Unacceptable (un-accept-able)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “a” turns into an i-schwa, the first “c” is hard but is almost stopped, the second “c” is soft, the first “e” is short, the “p” is almost 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-ehk-SEH[P]-tuh-bəl/ – /ˌʌn.ɛk.ˈs[p].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

Unaided (un-Aided)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “ai” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the first “d” is a flap-d, and since the root-word ends with the letter “d” – the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/uhn-AY-dih[d]//ə(ʌ)n.ˈeiː.ɾə(ɪ)[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Unanimously (un-animous-ly)
– For this word, the “U” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the “a” is short, the “i” turns into an i-schwa, for the “-ous” suffix – the “ou” combination turns into an i-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue), and for the “-ly” suffix – the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/yoo--nih-muhs-lee//ju.ˈnæ.nə(ɪ).mə(ɪ)s.liː/ – Notice also that  the stress is on the second syllable

Unapproachable (un-approach-able)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the first “a” turns into a u-schwa, the “pp” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “p” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “oa” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “o” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), 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-uh-PROH-chuh-bəl//ʌn.ʌ.ˈpɹo.tʃə(ʌ).bəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable

Unattainable
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the first “a” turns into a u-schwa, the “tt” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter ‘t”, the “ai” combination is pronounced simply 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 the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

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

Unavailable (un-avail-able)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the first “a” turns into a u-schwa, 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 “-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-uh-VAYL-uh-bəl//ʌn.ə(ʌ).ˈveɪl.ə(ʌ).bəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable –

Unavoidable (un-avoid-able)
– For this word, the “U” of the “Un” prefix is short, the first “a” is a u-schwa, the “oi” combination is pronounced like the “oy” combination, the “d” is a flap-d, 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)

/un-uh-VOY-duh-bəl//ʌn.ə(ʌ).ˈvoiː.də(ʌ).bəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable

Unaware (un-aware)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the first “a” turns into a u-schwa, the second “a” is a Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), and the final “e” is silent

/uhn-uh-WAYR//ʌn.ˈə(ʌ).weɪɹ / – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable –

Unb

Unbearable (un-bear-able)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the Long “A” / Short “I” 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-BAYR-ə.bəl//ʌn.ˈbeɪɹ.ə(ʌ).bəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable –

Unbiased (un-biased)
– For this word, the “U” is a u-schwa, the “i” is long, there is a phantom consonant “y” in-between the “i” and the “a” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), the “a” turns into an i-schwa, and since the root-word ends with the letter “s” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent and the final “d” is pronounced like the letter “t” but is (often) stopped

/uhn-BAI-yihs-[t]//ə(ʌ)n.ˈbaiː.jə(ɪ)s.[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “t” ending acts as a fourth syllable –

Unc

Uncertain (un-certain)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “c” is soft, the “e” disappears, the “t” is (often) stopped, the “ai” combination turns into an i-schwa

– /uhn-S’R-[t]ihn//ʌn.sɚ.[t]ə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Uncertainty (un-certain-ty)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “c” is soft, the “e” disappears, the “t” is (often) stopped, the “ai” combination turns into an i-schwa, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

– /uhn-S’R-[t]ihn-tee//ʌn.sɚ.[t]ə(ɪ)n.tiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Uncle
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the “n” is pronounced like the “ng” combination (this is due to the placement of the hard letter “c” directly after it), the “c” is hard, there is a phantom-schwa in-between the “c” and the “l” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), and the final “e” is silent

/UHNG-kəl/ – /ˈʌŋ.kəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Uncomfortable (un-comfort-able)
– for this word, the “U” is short, the “c” is hard, the first “o” is pronounced like the short letter “u”, the “o” disappears,  the pronunciation of the letters “t” and “r” reverse places, 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-KUHM-f-t’r-bəl/ – /ʌn.ˈkʌm.f.tɚ.bəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “f” acts as a separate syllable –

Unconscious (un-conscious)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the first “c” is hard, the first “o” is short, the “sci” combination is pronounced like the un-voiced “sh” combination, 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-KAHN-shihs/ – /ʌn.ˈkɑn.ʃə(ɪ)s/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Unconsummated (un-consummated)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “c” is hard, the “o” is short, the second “u” turns into a u-schwa, the “mm” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “m” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue),  for the “-ate” suffix – the “a” is a True Long “A”, the “t” is (usually) stopped, and the final “e” joins with the “-ed” ending (this is the standard pronunciations of this suffix combination  in The Common Tongueand since the root-word ends with the sound letter “t” – the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “d” is (often) stopped

– /uhn-KAHN-suh-may-dih[d]//ʌn.ˈkɑn.sə(ʌ).meɪ.ɾə(ɪ)[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Uncontrolled (un-controlled)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “c” is hard, the first “o” is a u-schwa, the “t” is pronounced like the “ch” combination (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), the second “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 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-kuhn-CHROHL-[d]/ – /ʌn.kə(ʌ)n.ˈtʃɹol.[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable and that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts as a fourth syllable –

Uncooperative (Un-Co-Operate-ive)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “C” is hard, the first “o” turns into a true-schwa, there is a phantom letter “w” in-between the two letters “o” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next),the second “o” is short, the “e” disappears, the “a” turns into a u-schwa, 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-kə-WAH-pruh-tihv//ʌn.kə.ˈwɑ.pɹə(ʌ).tə(ɪ)v/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable

Unctuous
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the “n” is pronounced like an “ng” combination (this is due to the hard “c” directly after it), the “c” is hard but is almost stopped, the “t” is pronounced like the “ch” combination (this is due to the placement of the letter “u” directly after it), the second “u” is long, 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)

– /[K]-choo-ihs//ˈʌŋ[k].tʃu.ə(ɪ)s/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Und

Under
 – For this word, the “U” is short, and the “e” disappears

– /UHN-d’r//ˈʌn.dɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Undergraduate
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the “e” disappears, the “g” is hard, the first “a” is short, the “d” is pronounced like the soft letter “g” (this is due to the placement of the letter “u” directly after it), the “u” is long, and for the “-ate” suffix – the “a” turns into an i-schwa, the “t” is (often) stopped, and the final “e” is silent (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/uhn-d’r-GRæ-dʒu-ih[t]//ʌn.dɚ.ˈgɹæ.dʒu.ə(ɪ)[t]/ – Notice also that there is a minor stress on the first syllable and that the major stress is on the third syllable

Underground (under-ground)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “e” disappears, the “g” is hard, the “ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination, and the final “d” is (often) stopped

/uhn-d’r-GROWN-[d]/ – /ʌn.dɚ.ˈgɹaun.[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts as a fourth syllable

Undermining
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the “e” disappears, the first “i” is long, and the “-ing” suffix is pronounced like in the word “sing” or “ring” (this is the standard pronunciation for this suffix in The Common Tongue)

– /uhn-d’r-MAI-ning//ˈʌn.dɚ.maiː.nɪŋ/ – Notice also that there is a minor stress on the first syllable and that the major stress is on the third syllable –

Underneath
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the first “e” disappears, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”, and the “th” combination is un-voiced

/uhn-d’r-NEETH/ – /ˌʌn.dɚ.ˈniːθ/ – Notice also that there is a minor stress on the first syllable and that  the major stress is on the third syllable

Underpinning (under-pin-ing)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “e” disappears, the first “i” 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 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-d’r-pih-ning/ – /ʌn.dɚ.pɪ.nɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Underscore (under-score)
– For this word, the “U” is short, and the “e” disappears, the “c” is hard, the “o” is long, and the final “e” is silent

– /UHN-d’r-skohr//ˈʌn.dɚ.skoɹ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Underscoring (under-score-ing)
– For this word, the “U” is short, and the “e” disappears, the “c” is hard, the “o” is long, 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-d’r-skohr-ing//ˈʌn.dɚ.skoɹ.ɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Understand (under-stand)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “e” disappears, the “a” is short, and the final “d” is (often) stopped

/uhn-d’r-STæN-[d]/ – /ʌn.dɚ.ˈstæn.[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable and that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts as a fourth syllable

Understandable (under-stand-able)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the first “e” disappears, the first “a” is short, 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-d’r-STæN-duh-bəl/ – /ˌʌn.dɚ.ˈstæn.də(ʌ).bəl/ – Notice also that there is a minor stress on the first syllable and that the major stress is on the third syllable

Understanding (under-standing)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “e” disappears, the “a” is short, and 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-d’r-STæN-ding/ – /ʌn.dɚ.ˈstæn.dɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable

Undertaker
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the “e” disappears, the “a” is a True Long “A”, and for the “-er” suffix – the “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/UHN-d’r-tay-k’r//ˈʌn.dɚ.teiː.kɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Undertaking
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the “e” disappears, the “a” is a TRUE Long “A”, 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-d’r-tay-king//ˈʌn.dɚ.te.kɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Underwater
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the “e” disappears, the “a” is pronounced like the “aw” combination, the “t” is a flap-t, and the second “e” disappears

/uhn-d’r-WAW-d’r/ – /ʌn.dɚ.ˈwɔ.ɾɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable

Undeveloped (un-developed)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the first “e” is long, the second “e” is short, the “o” turns into a u-schwa, the “p” is (often) stopped, and since the root-word ends with the letter “p”, the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent and the final “d” is pronounced like the letter “t”

– /uhn-dee-VEH-luh[p]-t//ʌn.diː.ˈvɛ.lə(ʌ)[p].t/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable and that the “t” ending acts as a fifth syllable –

Undo (un-do)
– For this word, the “U” is short, and the final “o” is pronounced like the long letter “u”

/uhn-DOO/ – /ʌn.ˈdu/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Une

Unemployed (un-employed)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the first “e” is short, the “oy” combination is pronounced like in the word “boy” or “toy” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and since the root-word ends with the letter “y” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

– /uhn-ehm-PLOY-[D]//ʌn.ɛm.ˈploiː.[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable and that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts as a fourth syllable –

Unemployment (un-employ-ment)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the first “e” is short, the “oy” combination is pronounced like in the word “boy” or “toy” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), 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)

/uhn-ehm-PLOY-mihn-[t]//ˌʌn.ɛm.ˈploiː.mə(ɪ)n.[t]/ – Notice also that there is a minor stress on the first syllable and that the major stress is on the third syllable

Unethical (un-ethic-al)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “e” is short, the “th” combination is un-voiced, the “i” is an i-schwa, the “c” is hard, and the “a” is a true-schwa

/uh-NEH-thih-kəl//ʌ.ˈnɛ.θə(ɪ).kəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Uneventful (un-event-ful)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the first “e” is long, the second “e” is short, the “t” is (usually) stopped, 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-ee-VEHN-[t]-fəl//ˌʌn.iː.ˈvɛn-[t].fəl/ – Notice also that there is a minor stress on the first syllable and that the major stress is on the third syllable

Unexpected (un-expected)
– For this word, The “U” is short, the first “e” turns into an i-schwa, the “x” is pronounced like the “ks” combination, the second “e” is short, the “c” is hard but is (often) stopped, and since the root-word ends with the letter “t” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/uhn-ihks-PEH[K]-tih[d]//ʌn.ə(ɪ)ks.ˈpɛk.tə(ɪ)[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable

Unf

Unfair (un-fair)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “ai” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it)

/uhn-FAYR/ – /ʌn.ˈfeɪɹ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable –

Unfathomable (un-fathom-able)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “a” is short, the “th” combination is voiced, the “o” turns into a true-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--thəm-uh-bəl//ʌn.fæ.ðəm.ə(ʌ).bəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Unforgettable (un-forget-able)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “o” disappears, the “g” is hard, the “e” is short, the “tt” combination is pronounced simply like the single flap-t (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), 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-f’r-GEH-duh-bəl/ – /ˌʌn.fɚ.ˈgɛ.ɾə(ʌ).bəl/ – Notice also that there is minor stress on the first syllable and that  the major stress is on the third syllable

Unfortunate (un-fortune-ate)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “o” is long, the “t” is pronounced like the “ch” combination (this is due to the placement of the letter “u” directly after it), the “u” turns into a true-schwa, and for the “-ate” suffix – the “a” turns into an i-schwa, the “t” is (usually) stopped, and the “e” is silent (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/uhn-FOHR-chən-ih[t]/ – /ʌn.ˈfoɹ.tʃən.ə(ɪ)[t/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable –

Unfortunately (un-fortune-ate-ly)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “o” is long, the “t” is pronounced like the “ch” combination (this is due to the placement of the letter “u” directly after it), the “u” turns into a true-schwa, for the “-ate” suffix – the “a” turns into an i-schwa, the “t” is (usually) stopped, and the “e” is silent (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this suffix in The Common Tongue), and for the “-ly” suffix – the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

– /uhn-FOHR-chən-ih[t]-lee//ʌn.ˈfoɹ.tʃən.ə(ɪ)[t].liː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Unfriendly (un-friend-ly)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “ie” combination is pronounced simply like the single short letter “e” (this is NOT the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “d” is (usually) stopped, and for the “-ly” suffix – the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/uhn-FREHN-[d]-lee//ʌnˈfɹɛn.[d].liː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Ung

Unh

Unhappy (un-happy)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “h” is pronounced, the “a” is short, the “pp” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “p” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/uhn--pee//ʌn.ˈhæ.piː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Uni

UNICEF
– For this word, the “U” is pronounced like the pronoun “You”, the “I” is an i-schwa, the “C” is soft, and the “e” is short

/YOO-nih-sehf//ˈju.nə(ɪ).sɛf/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Uniform (uni-form)
– For this word, the “U” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the “i” is an i-schwa, and the “o” is long

/YOO-nih-fohrm/ – /ˈju.nə(ɪ).foɹm/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Unimportant (un-import-ant)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “U” is short, the “i” is an i-schwa, the “o” is long, the first “t” is (often) stopped, 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-ihm-POHR-tihn-[t]//ˌʌn.ə(ɪ)m.ˈpoɹ.tə(ɪ)n.[t]/ – Notice also that there is a minor stress on the first syllable, that the major stress is on the third syllable

Union
 – For this word, the “U” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the “i” is pronounced like the consonant letter “y”, and the “o” turns into an i-schwa

/YOON-yihn//ˈjun-jə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Unique
 – For this word, the “U” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, the “qu” combination is pronounced like the letter “k” (this is NOT the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “e” is silent

/yoo-NEEK//ju.ˈniːk/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Unit
 – For this word, the “U” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the “i” is an i-schwa, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/YOO-nih[t]//ˈju.nə(ɪ)[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Units
– For this word, the “U” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, and the “i” is an i-schwa

/YOO-nih-ts//ˈju.nə(ɪ).ts/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “ts” ending acts as a third syllable –

Unite
 – For this word, the “U” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the “i” is pronounced like the “igh” combination, the “t” is (usually) stopped, and the final “e” is silent

/yoo-NIGH[T]//ˈju.nʌiː[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

United
 – For this word, the “U” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the “i” is pronounced like the “igh” combination, the “t” is a flap-t, and since the root-word ends with the sound of the letter “t” – the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “d” is flap-d but is (often) stopped

/you-NIGH-dih[d]/ – /ju.ˈnʌiː.ɾə(ɪ)[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Universe (uni-verse)
– For this word, the “U” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the “i” is an i-schwa, the first “e” disappears, and the final “e” is silent

/YOO-nih-v’r-s//ˈju.nə(ɪ).vɚ.s/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “s” ending acts as a separate syllable

University (uni-verse-ity)
– For this word, the “U” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the first “i” is an i-schwa, the “e” disappears, and for the “-ity” suffix – the “i” is an i-schwa, the “t” is a flap-t, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/yoo-nih-V’R-sih-dee//ju.nə(ɪ).vɚ.ˈsə(ɪ).ɾiː/ – Notice also that there is a minor stress on the first syllable and that the major stress is on the third syllable

Unj

Unk

Unkind (un-kind)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “i” is long, and the final “d” is (often) stopped

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

Unknowing (un-know-ing)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “k” is silent, the “o” is long, the “w” is pronounced as a consonant (not in combination with the letter “o”), 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-NOH-wing-lee/ – /ʌn.ˈno.wɪŋ.liː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Unknowingly (un-know-ing-ly)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “k” is silent, the “o” is long, the “w” is pronounced as a consonant (not in combination with the letter “o”), the “-ing” suffix is pronounced like in the word “sing” or “ring” (this is the
standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue), and for the “-ly” suffix – the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/uhn-NOH-wing-lee/ – /ʌn.ˈno.wɪŋ.liː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Unknown (un-known)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “k” is silent, the “ow” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “o” (the “w” does not affect the pronunciation of the letter “o”)

/uhn-NOHN//ʌn.ˈnon/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Unl

Unless
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the “e” is short, and the “ss” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “s” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/uhn-LEHS//ʌn.ˈlɛs/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Unlike
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the “i” is pronounced like the “igh” combination, the “k” is (often) stopped, and the final “e” is silent

/uhn-LIGH[K]//uhn.ˈlʌiː[k]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Unlikely (un-likely)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “i” is pronounced like an “igh” combination, the “k” is almost stopped, the “e” is silent, and for the “-ly” suffix – the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

– /uhn-LIGHK-lee//ʌn.ˈlʌɪk.liː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Unlimited (un-limited)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the first “i” is short, the second “i” is an i-schwa, the “t” is a flap-t, and since the root-word ends with the letter “t” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending turns into an i-schwa, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/uhn-LIH-mih-dih[d]//ʌn.ˈlɪ.mə(ɪ).ɾə(ɪ)[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Unload (un-load)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “oa” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “o”, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/uhn-LOH[D]//ʌn.ˈlo[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Unlucky (un-lucky)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the second “u” is short, the “ck” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “k”, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/uhn-LUH-kee//uhn.ˈlʌ.kiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Unm

Unn

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

Uno

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

Unp

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

Unq

Unr

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 –

Uns

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

Unt

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

Unu

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

Unv

Unw

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

Up

Up
 – For this word, the “U” is short, and the “p” is (often) stopped

/uh[p]//ʌ[p]/

Update
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the “p” is (often) stopped, the “a” is a True Long “A”, the “t” is (usually) stopped, and the final “e” is silent

/UH[P]-day[t]//ˈʌ[p].de[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Upheaval (up-heave-al)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “h” is pronounce, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”, and for the “-al” suffix – the “a” turns into a true-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

– /uhp-HEE-vəl/ – /ʌp.ˈhiː.vəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Uphold
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the “p” is (often) stopped, the “h” is pronounced, the “o” is long, and the final “d” is (often) stopped

/uh[p]-HOHL[D]/ – /ə(ʌ)[p].ˈhol[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Upon
 – For this word, the “U” is short, and the “o” is short

/uh-PAHN//ʌ.ˈpɑn/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Upper
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the “pp” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “p”, and for the “-er” suffix – the “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/UH-p’r//ˈʌ.pɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Upset
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the “p” is (often) stopped, the “e” is short, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

– /uh[p]-SEH[T]//ʌ[p].sɛ[t]/ – Notice that the stress is on the second syllable

Upsetting
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the “p” is (usually) stopped, the “e” is short, the “tt” combination is pronounced like the single flap-t (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)

/uh[p]-SEH-ding//ʌ[p].ˈsɛ.ɾɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Upside-down
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the “p” is (usually) stopped, the “i” is long, the first “d” is (usually) stopped, the “e” is silent, the “ow” combination is pronounced like in the word “how” or “now” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/uh[p]-sai[d]-DOWN//ʌ[p].saiː[d].ˈdɑun/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable

Upstairs
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the “ai” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/uh[p]-s-TAYR-z//ʌ[p].s.ˈTeɪɹ.z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the letters “s” act as separate syllables –

Upward (up-ward)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “p” is (often) stopped, and for the “-ward” suffix, the “a” disappears, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

– /UH[P]-w’r[d]//ˈʌ[p].wɚ[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Upwards (up-wards)
– For this word, the “U” is short, the “p” is (often) stopped, and for the “-ward” suffix, the “a” disappears (this is NOT the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue), and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/UH[P]-w’r-dz//ˈʌ[p].wɚ.dz/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the “dz” ending acts as a third syllable –

Ur

Urban
 – For this word, the “U” disappears, and the “a” turns into an i-schwa

– /’R-bihn//ˈɚ.bə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Urchins
 – For this word, the “U” disappears, the “i” is an i-schwa, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/‘R-chihn-z/ – /ˈɚ.tʃə(ɪ)n.z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Urge
 – For this word, the “U” disappears, the “g” is soft, and the final “e” is silent

/‘R-dʒ/ – /ˈɚ.dʒ/ – Notice also that the soft “g” ending acts as a second syllable –

Urgent
 – For this word, the “U” disappears, the “g” is soft, the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

– /’R-dʒ’n-[t]//ˈɚ.dʒə(ɪ)n.[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable

Us

Us
 – For this word, the “U” is short,

/uhs//ʌs/

Usage
– For this word, the “U” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, and for the “-age” suffix – the “a” turns into an i-schwa, the “g” is soft, and the “e” is silent (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

– /YOOS-ihdʒ//ˈjus.ə(ɪ)dʒ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Use
 – For this word, the “U” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”, and the final “e” is silent

/yooz//juz/

Used
 – For this word, the “U” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”, and since the root-word, ends with the sounds of the letter “z” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the final “d” is (often) stopped

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

Useful (use-full)
– For this word, the “U” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the “e” is silent, and for the “-ful” suffix – the “u” turns into a true-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

– /YOOS-fəl//ˈjus.fəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Useless (use-less)
– For this word, the “U” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the first “e” is silent, and for the “-less” 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 letter combination in The Common Tongue) & (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

– /YOUS-lihs//ˈjus.lə(ɪ)s/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

User
 – For this word, the “U” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”, and for the “-er” suffix – the “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

– /YOO-z’r/ – /ˈju.zɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Usual
 – For this word, the “U” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the “s” is pronounced like the voiced “sh” combination, the second “u” is long, and the “a” turns into a true-schwa

– /YOO-zhoo-əl//ˈju.ʒuəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

Usually (usual-ly)
– For this word, the “U” is pronounced like the pronoun “You”, the “s” is pronounced like the voiced “sh” combination, the “ua” combination turns into a true-schwa, the “l” of the root-word combines with the “-ly” suffix, “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 “-ly” suffix – the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

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

Ut

Utah
 – For this word, The “U” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, and the “ah” combination is pronounced like the “aw” combination

/YOO-taw//ˈju.tɔ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Utilize
 – For this word, the “U” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the “t” is a flap-t, the first “i” turns into an i-schwa, and for the “-ize” suffix – the “i” is long, and the final “e” is silent (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/YOO-dih-laiz//ˈju.ɾə(ɪ).laiːz/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Utilized
– For this word, the “U” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, the “t” is a flap-t, the first “i” is an i-schwa, for the “-ize” suffix – the “i” is long, and the final “e” is silent (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue), 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 (often) stopped

/YOO-dih-laiz-[d]//ˈju.ɾə(ɪ).laiːz.[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Utter
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the “tt” combination is pronounced simply like the single flap-t (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the “e” disappears

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

Utterance
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the “tt” combination is pronounced simply like the single flap-t (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the first “e” disappears, and for the “-ance” suffix – the “a” turns into an i-schwa, the “c” is soft, and the final “e” is silent (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix combination in The Common Tongue)

/UH-d’r-ihn-s//ˈʌ.ɾɚ.ə(ɪ)n.s/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “s” ending acts as a separate syllable –

Utterances
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the “tt” combination is pronounced simply like the single flap-t (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the first “e” disappears, and for the “-ance” suffix – the “a” turns into an i-schwa, the “c” is soft, and the “e” combines with the “-es” ending, the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix combination in The Common Tongue)

/UH-d’r-ihn-sihz//ˈʌ.ɾɚ.ə(ɪ)n.sə(ɪ)z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

Uttered
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the “tt” combination is pronounced simply like the single flap-t (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the first “e” disappears, 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

/UH-d’r-[d]//ˈʌ.ɾɚ.[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable –

Utterly
 – For this word, the “U” is short, the “tt” combination is pronounced simply as a single flap-t (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “e” disappears, and for the “-ly” suffix – the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/UH-d’r-lee//ˈʌ.ɾɚ.liː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

– ( American English Pronunciation – Letter U ) –


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