– American English Pronunciation –

– ( Letter V:  Va ) –


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 words 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 through-out 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.

 


Va

 

Ve . Vi . Vo

 

 

Vacancy
– For this word, the first “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the first “c” is hard, the second “a” turns into an i-schwa, the second “c” is soft, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/VAY-kihn-see//ˈveiː.kə(ɪ)n.siː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Vacant
– For this word, the first “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the “c” is hard, the second “a” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/VAY-kihn-[t]//ˈveiː.kə(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

 

Vacation
– For this word, the first “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the “c” is hard, the second “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, and for the “tion” suffix – the “ti” combination is pronounced like the un-voiced “sh” combination and the “o” turns into an i-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/vay-KAY-shihn//veiːˈkeiː.ʃə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Vacuum
– For this word, the “a” is short, the “c” is hard, and the “uu” combination is pronounced like the pronoun “you”

/-kyoom//ˈvæ.kjum/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Vague
– For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the “g” is hard, the “ue” combination is silent

/vayg//veiːg/

 

Vaguely
– For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the “g” is hard, the “ue” combination is silent, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/VAYG-lee//ˈveiːg.liː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Valentine’s
– For this word, the “a” is short, the “e” turns into an i-schwa, the “i” is long, the “e” is silent, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/-lihn-tain-z//ˈvæ.lə(ɪ)n.taiːn.z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “z” ending acts as a fourth syllable

 

Valid
– For this word, the “a” is short, the “i” is an i-schwa, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

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

 

Validate
– For this word, the first “a” is short, the “i” is an i-schwa, and for the “-ate” suffixthe second “a” is a True Long “A”, the “t” is (ofte) stopped, and the final “e” is silent (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

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

 

Validates
– For this word, the first “a” is short, the “i” is an i-schwa, the second “a” is a True Long “A”, and the “e” is silent

/-lih-day-ts//ˈvæ.lə(ɪ).deiː.ts/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “ts” ending acts as a fourth syllable

 

Valley
– For this word, the “a” 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 “ey” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”

/-lee//ˈvæ.liː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Value
– For this word, the “a” is short, and the “ue” combination is pronounced like the pronoun “you”

/VæL-yoo//ˈvæl.ju/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Valuable
– For this word, the “a” is short, the “u” is pronounced like a consonant letter “y”, the “a” turns into a true-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

/VæL-yə-bəl//ˈvæl.jə.bəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Valuables
– For this word, the “a” is short, the “u” is pronounced like a consonant letter “y”, the “a” turns into a true-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), the “e” is silent, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/VæL-yə-bəl-z//ˈvæl.jə.bəl.z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “z” ending acts as a fourth syllable

 

Van
– For this word, the “a” is short

/væn//væn/

 

Vanilla
– For this word, the first “a” turns into a true-schwa, the “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 final “a” turns into a u-schwa

/və-NIH-luh//və.ˈnɪ.lə(ʌ)/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Variation
– For this word, the first “a” is a Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), the “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, the second “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, and for the “-tion” suffix – the “ti” combination is pronounced like the un-voiced “sh” combination, and the “o” turns into an i-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/vayr-ee-AY-shihn//veɪɹ.iː.ˈeiː.ʃə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the third syllable

 

Varied
– For this word, the first “a” is a Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), and the “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, and since the root-word ends with the sound of the long letter “e” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the final “d” is (often) stopped

/VAYR-ee[d]//ˈveɪɹ.iː[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Varies
– For this word, the first “a” is a Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), the “ie” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/VAYR-eez//ˈveɪɹ.iːz/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Varieties
– For this word, the first “a” turns into a true-schwa, the “i” is long, the “e” turns into an i-schwa, the “t” is a flap-t, the second “ie” combination is pronounced simply like the long letter “e”, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z’

/vuh-RAI-ih-deez//və(ʌ).ˈɹaiː.ə(ɪ).ɾiːz/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Variety
– For this word, the “a” turns into a u-schwa, the “i” is long, the “e” turns into an i-schwa, the “t” is a flap-t, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/vuh-RAI-ih-dee//və(ʌ).ˈɹaiː.ə(ɪ).ɾiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Various
– For this word, the first “a” is a Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), the “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, there is a phantom consonant letter “y” in-between the “i” and the “o” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), 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)

/VAYR-ee-yihs//ˈveɪɹ.iː.jə(ɪ)s/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Vary
– For this word, the first “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”

/VAYR-ee//ˈveɪɹ.iː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Varying
– For this word, the first “a” is a Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), the “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, there is a phantom consonant letter “y” in-between the “y” and the “i” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), 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)

/VAYR-ee-ying//ˈveɪɹ.iː.jɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Vascular
– For this word, the “a” is short, the “c” is hard, the “u” is pronounced like the pronoun “you”, and for the “-ar” suffixthe “a” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/Væs-kyoo-l’r//ˈvæs.kju.lɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Vast
– For this word, the “a” is short, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

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

 

Vatican
– For this word, the first “a” is short, the “t” is a flap-t, the “i” turns into a true-schwa, the “c” is hard, and the second “a” turns into an i-schwa

/Væ-də-kihn//ˈvæ.ɾə.kə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

– ( American English PronunciationLetter V ) –



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