– American English Pronunciation –

– ( Letter W:  Wh ) –


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.

Wh

 

Wa . We . Wi . Wo . Wr

What
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “W” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), the “a” is pronounced like the short letter “u”, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/wuh[t]//wʌ[t]/ –

 

Whatever
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “W” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), the “a” turns into a u-schwa, the “t” is a flap-t, the first “e” is short, the second “e” disappears

/wuh-DEH-v’r//wə(ʌ).ˈɾɛvɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Wheat
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “W” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/wee[t]//wiː[t]/ –

 

Wheel
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “W” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), 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)

/weel//wiːl/

 

When
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “W” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), and the “e” is short

/wehn//wɛn/

 

Whenever
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “W” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), the first “e” turns into an i-schwa, the second “e” is short, and the third “e” disappears

/wihn-EH-v’r//wə(ɪ)n.ˈɛ.vɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Where
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “W” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), the first “e” is pronounced like the Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong, and the final “e” is silent

/wayr//weɪɹ/

 

Whereas
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “W” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), the first “e” is pronounced like the Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong, the second “e” is silent, the “a” is short, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/wayr-az//weɪɹ.æz/ – Notice also that there is no discernible stress –

 

Wherever
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “W” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), the first “e” is pronounced like the Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong, the second “e” is short, and the third “e” disappears

/wayr-EH-v’r//weɪɹ.ˈɛ.vɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Whether
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “W” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), the first “e” is short, the “th” is voiced, and the second “e” disappears

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

 

Which
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “W” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), and the “i” is short

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

 

While
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “W” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), the “i” is long, there is a phantom consonant letter “y” / phantom-schwa combination in-between the “i” and the “l” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), and the “e” is silent

/WAI-yəl//ˈwaiː.jəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Whilst
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “W” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), the “i” is long, there is a phantom-schwa between the “i” and the “l” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), and the final “t” is (sometimes) stopped

/WAI-əl-s[t]//ˈwaiː.əl.s[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “st” ending acts as a third syllable

 

Whirlpool
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “W” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), the “i” disappears, there is a phantom-schwa in-between the “r” and the “l”, and the “oo” combination is pronounced like the long letter “u” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/W’R-əl-pool//ˈwɚ.əl.pul/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Whisper
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “W” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), the “i” is short, and the “e” disappears

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

 

Whistle
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “W” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), the “i” is short, the “t” is silent, there is a phantom-schwa between the “t” and the “l” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), and the final “e” is silent

/WIH-səl//ˈwɪ.səl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Whistleblower
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “W” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), the “i” is short, the “t” is silent, there is a phantom-schwa in-between the “t” and the “l” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), the “e” is silent, the “o” is long, and the “e” disappears

/WIH-səl-bloh-w’r//ˈwɪ.səl.blo.wɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

White
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “W” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), the “i” is pronounced like the “igh”, the “t” is (usually) stopped, and the final “e” is silent

/wigh[t]//wʌiː[t]/

 

Whiteboard
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “W” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), the “i” is pronounced like the “igh” combination, the “t” is (usually) stopped, the “e” is silent, 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 the final “d” is (often) stopped

/WIGH[T]-bohr-[d]//ˈwʌiː[t].boɹ.[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable

 

Who
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “h” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), the “h” is pronounced, and the “o” is pronounced like the long letter “u”

/hoo//hu/

 

Whoever
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “h” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), the “h” is pronounced, the “o” is pronounced like the long letter “u”, there is a phantom “w” in-between the “o” and the “e” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), the first “e” is short, and the second “e” disappears

/hoo-WEH-v’r//hu.ˈwɛ.vɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

Whole
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “h” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), the “h” is pronounced, the “o” is long, and the “e” is silent

/hohl//hol/(This word is pronounced exactly like the noun “hole” [without the “w”])

 

Wholesale
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “h” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), the “o” is long, the first “e” is silent, the “a” is a Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “l” directly after it) and the final “e” is silent

/HOHL-sayl-rz//ˈhol.seɪl.ɚz/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “rz” combination acts as a third syllable

 

Wholesalers
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “h” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), the “o” is long, the first “e” is silent, the “a” is a Long “A” / Short “I” Diphthong (this is due to the placement of the letter “l” directly after it), the second “e” disappears, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/HOHL-sayl-rz//ˈhol.seɪl.ɚz/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “rz” combination acts as a third syllable

 

Whom
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “h” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), and the “o” is pronounced like the long letter “u”

/hoom//hum/

 

Whose
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “h” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), the “o” is pronounced like the long letter “u”, the “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”, and the final “e” is silent

/hooz//huz/

 

Why
– For this word, the “Wh” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “W” (this is one of two standard pronunciations of this combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “i”

/wai//waiː/

 

– ( American English Pronunciation – Letter W ) –


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