– American English Pronunciation –

– ( Letter W:  Wa ) –


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.

Wa

 

We . Wh . Wi . Wo . Wr

 

 

W
– For the name of this letter we say: “double-u” – the letter “d”, short letter “u”, the letter “b”, a true-schwa, the letter “l”, and then the letter “u” pronounced like the pronoun “you”

/DUH-bəl-yoo//ˈdʌ.bəl.ju/ –

 

Wage
– For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the “g” is soft, and the final “e” is silent

/way-dʒ//weiː.dʒ/ – Notice also that the soft “g” acts as a second syllable

 

Wager
– For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the “g” is soft, and for the “-er” suffixthe “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/WAY-dʒɚ//weiː.dʒɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Waist
– For this word, the “ai” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “t” is (usually) stopped

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

 

Wait
– For this word, the “ai” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “t” is (often) stopped

– /way[t]/ – /weiː[t]/ – Notice also that the “t” ending acts as a second syllable

 

Waiter
– For this word, the “ai” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “t” is a flap-t, and for the “-er” suffixthe “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

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

 

Waiters
– For this word, the “ai” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “t” is a flap-t, the “e” disappears, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/WAY-d’r-z//ˈweiː.ɾɚ.z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Waitress
– For this word, the “ai” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “t” is pronounced like the “ch” combination (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), and for the “ess” suffix – the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “ss” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “s” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/WAY-chrihs//ˈweiː.tʃɹə(ɪ)s/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Wake
– For this word, the “a” is a True Long “A”, and the final “e” is silent

/way-k//weiː.k/

 

Wales
– For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), the “e” is silent, and the final “s” is pronounced (almost) like the letter “z”

/wayl-z//weɪl.z/ – Notice also that the “z” ending acts as a separate syllable

 

Walk
– For this word, the “al” combination is pronounced like the “aw” combination

/wawk//wɔk/

 

Walked
– For this word, the “al” combination is pronounced like the “aw” combination, the “k” is (often) stopped, the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the final “d” is pronounced like the letter “t”

/waw[k]-t//wɔ[k].t/ – Notice also that the “t” ending acts as a separate syllable

 

Walking
– For this word, the “al” combination is pronounced like the “aw” combination, 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)

/WAW-king//ˈwɔ.kɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Walkway
– For this word, the “al” combination is pronounced like the “aw” combination, the “k” is almost stopped, and the “ay” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphtong (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/WAWK-way//ˈwɔk.weiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Wall
– For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the “aw” combination, and the “ll” combination is pronounced simply like the singe letter “l” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/wawl//wɔl/

 

Wallet
– For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the “aw” combination, the “ll” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “l” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

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

 

Wander
– For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the “aw” combination, and the “e” disappears

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

 

Want
– For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the “aw” combination, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/wawn-[t]//wɔn.[t]/

 

Wanted
– For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the short letter “o”, 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 (often) stopped

/WAHN-tih[d]//ˈwɑn.tə(ɪ)[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

War
– For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the long letter “o”

/wohr//woɹ/

 

Wardrobe
– For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the long letter “o”, the “d” is pronounced like the soft letter “g” (this is due to the placement of the letter “r” directly after it), the “o” is long, the “b” is (usually) stopped, and the final “e” is silent

/WOHR-dʒroh[b]//ˈwoɹ.dʒɹo[b]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Warm
– For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the long letter “o”

/wohrm//woɹm/

 

Warmth
– For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the long letter “o”, and the “th” combination is un-voiced

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

 

Warn
– For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the long letter “o”

/wohrn//woɹn/

 

Warning
– For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the long letter “o”, 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)

/WOHR-ning//ˈwoɹ.nɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Wary
– For this word, 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”

/WAYR-ee//ˈweɪɹ.iː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Was
– For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the short letter “u”, and the “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/wuhz//wʌz/

 

Wash
– For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the “aw” combination, and the “sh” combination is un-voiced

/waw-sh//wɔ.ʃ/ – Notice also that the “sh” ending acts as a second syllable

 

Washing
– For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the “aw” combination, the “sh” combination is un-voiced, 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)

/WAW-shing//ˈwɔ.ʃɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Waste
– For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the “t” is (often) stopped, and the “e” is silent

/way-s[t]//weiː.s[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “st” ending (even when the “t” is stopped) acts as a second syllable

 

Wasted
– For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, 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

/WAYS-tih[d]//ˈweiːs.tə(ɪ)[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Wasting
– For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, and the “-ing” suffix is pronounced like in the word “sing” or “ring” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/WAY-sding//ˈweiːs.dɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

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

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

 

Watched
– For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the short letter “o”, the “tch” combination is pronounced simply like the “ch” combination (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and since the root-word ends with the “ch” sound – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the final “d” is pronounced like the letter “t” but is (usually) stopped

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

 

Watches
– For this word, the “a” is pronounced like the short letter “o”, and the “tch” combination is pronounced simply like the “ch” combination (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and for the “-es” ending – the “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/WAH-chihz//ˈwɑ.tʃə(ɪ)z/ – Notice also that the “ch” ending acts as a second syllable

 

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

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

 

Wave
– For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, and the final “e” is silent

/wayv//weiːv/

 

Waving
– For this word, the “a” is a Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, and the “-ing” suffix is pronounced like in the word “sing” or “ring” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/WAY-ving//ˈweiː.vɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Way
– For this word, the “ay” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/way//weiː/

 

Ways
– For this word, the “ay” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

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

 

– ( American English PronunciationLetter W ) –


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