– American English Pronunciation –

– ( Letter W:  We ) –


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.

We

 

Wa . Wh . Wi . Wo . Wr

We
– For this word, the “e” is long

/wee//wiː/

 

Weak
– For this word, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”, and the final “k” is (often) stopped

/wee[k]//wiː[k]/

 

Weakest
– For this word, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”, 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)

/WEE-kihs-[t]//ˈwiː.kə(ɪ)s.[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “t” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable

 

Weakness
– For this word, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”, the “k” is (often) stopped, 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)

/WEE[K]-nihs//ˈwiː[k].nə(ɪ)s/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Weaknesses
– For this word, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”, the “k” is (often) stopped, 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), the third “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/WEE[K]-nih-sihz//ˈwiː[k].nə(ɪ).sə(ɪ)z/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Wealth
– For this word, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single short letter “e”, and the final “th” combination is un-voiced

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

 

Wealthy
– For this word, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single short letter “e”, the “th” is unvoiced, and the “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/WEHL-thee//ˈwɛl.θiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Weapon
– For this word, the “ea”combination is pronounced simply like the single short letter “e”, and the “o” turns into an i-schwa

/WEH-pihn//ˈwɛ.pə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Wear
– For this word, the “ea” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong

/wayr//weɪɹ/

 

Wearable
– For this word, the “ea” combination is pronounced 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 the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common
Tongue)

/way.ruh.bəl//weɪ.ɹə(ʌ).bəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllalbe

 

Wearing
– For this word, the “ea” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Short “I” 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)

/WAYR-ing//ˈweɪɹ.ɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Weasel
– For this word, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”, the “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”, and the second “e” turns into a true-schwa

/WEE-zəl//ˈwiː.zəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Weather
– For this word, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the short letter “e”, the “th” is voiced, and the “e” disappears

/WEH-th’r//ˈwɛ.ðɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Web
– For this word, the “e” is short, and the final “b” is (often) stopped

/weh[b]//wɛ[b]/

 

Website
– For this word, the first “e” is short, the “b” is (often) stopped, the “i” is pronounced like the “igh” combination, and the final “e” is silent

/WEH[B]-sigh[t]//ˈwɛ[b].sʌiː[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Wedding
– For this word, the “e” is short, the “dd” combination is pronounced simply like the single flap-d (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the “-ing” suffix is pronounced like in the words “sing” or “ring” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/WEH-ding//ˈwɛ.ɾɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Wednesday
– This (along with the words “February” and “Nuclear”) is one of the most “mis-pronounced” (according to the spelling) words in the English language, however, this is the way it is now pronounced… For this word, the first “e” is short, the “d” is silent, the second “e” disappears, the “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”, and for the “-day” suffix – the “ay” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/WEHN-Z-day//ˈwɛn-z.deiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Week
– For this word, the “ee” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “k” is (often) stopped

/wee[k]//wiː[k]/

 

Weekend
– For this word, the “ee” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “e” is short, and the final “d” is (often) stopped

/WEE-kehn-[d]//ˈwiː.kɛn[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the (when not stopped) the “d” ending acts as a third syllable

 

Weekly
– For this word, the “ee” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e” (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 letter combination in The Common Tongue)

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

 

Weigh
– For this word, the “eigh” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong

/way//weɪ/

 

Weighing
– For this word, the “eigh” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, there is a phantom consonant “y” in-between the “eigh” combination and the “-ing” suffix (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)

/way-ying//ˈweɪ.jɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Weight
– For this word, the “eigh” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/way[t]//weiː[t]/

 

Weightlessness
– For this word, the “eigh” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong, the “t” is (often) stopped, 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 suffix in The Common Tongue), 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)

/WAY[T]-lihs-nihs//ˈweiː[t].lə(ɪ)s.nə(ɪ)s/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Weird
– For this word, the “ei” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e” (this is NOT the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/weer[d]//wiːɹ[ɾ]/

 

Welcome
– For this word, the “e” is short, the “c” is hard, the “o” turns into a u-schwa, and the final “e” is silent

/WEHL-cuhm//ˈwɛl-kə(ʌ)m/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Welcoming
– For this word, the “e” is short, the “c” is hard, the “o” turns into a u-schaw, 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)

/WHEL-kuhm-ing//ˈwɛl.kə(ʌ)m.ɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Well
– For this word, the “e” is short, and the “ll” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “l” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

– /wehl/ – /wɛl/ –

 

Wellington
– For this word, the “e” is short, and the “ll” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “l” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “ing” combination is pronounced just as the suffix, and the “o” turns into an i-schwa

/WEH-ling-tihn//ˈwɛ.lɪŋ.tə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Welsh
– For this word, the “e” is short, and the “sh” ending is un-voiced

/WEHL-sh//ˈwɛl.ʃ/ – Notice also that the “sh” ending acts as a separate syllable

 

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

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

 

Went
– For this word, the “e” is short, and the final “t” is often stopped

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

 

Were
– For this word, the first “e” disappears, and the second “e” is silent

/w’r//wɚ/

 

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

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

 

Western
– For this word, the first “e” is short, and the second “e” disappears

/WEHS-t’r-n//ˈwɛs.tɚn/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

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

/weh[t]//wɛ[t]/

 

– ( American English Pronunciation – Letter W ) –


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