– American English Pronunciation –

– ( Letter W:  Wo ) –


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.

Wo

 

Wa . We . Wh . Wi . Wr

Wobbly
– For this word, the “o” is short, the “bb” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “b” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), 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 “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/WAH-bə-lee//ˈwɑ.bə.liː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Wolf
– For this word, the “o” turns into a true-schwa

/wəl-f//wəl.f/ – Notice also that the “f” ending acts as a second syllable

 

Wolves
– For this word, the “o” turns into a true-schwa, the “e” is silent, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/wəl-vz//wəl.vz/ – Notice also that the “vz” ending acts as a second syllable

 

Woman
– For this word, the “o” turns into a true-schwa, and the “a” turns into an i-schwa

/-mihn//ˈwə.mə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Women
– For this word, the “o” is pronounced like the short letter “i”, and the “e” turns into an i-schwa

/WIH-mihn//ˈwɪ.mə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Women’s
– For this word, the “o” is pronounced like the short letter “i”, the “e” is pronounced like the short letter “i”, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/WIH-mihnz//ˈwɪ.mə(ɪ)nz/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Wonder
– For this word, the “o” is pronounced like the short letter “u”, and for the “-er” suffix – the “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

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

 

Wondered
– For this word, the “o” is pronounced like the short letter “u”, the first “e” disappears, and since the root-word ends with the letter “r” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/WUHN-d’r-[ɾ]//ˈwʌn.dɚ.[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “d” ending acts as a third syllable

 

Wonderful
– For this word, the “o” is pronounced like the short letter “u”, the first “e” disappears, and for the “-ful” suffix – the “u” turns into a true-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/WUHN-d’r-fəl//ˈwʌn.dɚ.fəl/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Wonderfully
– For this word, the “o” is pronounced like the short letter “u”, the “e” disappears, and for the “-fully” suffix – the “u” disappears, 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)

/WUHN-d’r-flee//ˈwʌn.dɚ.fliː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Wood
– For this word, the “oo” combination is pronounced like a true-schwa / Short “I” Diphthong, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (usually) stopped

/wəih[d]//wəɪ[ɾ]/

 

Wooden
– For this word, the “oo” combination is pronounced like a true-schwa / Short “I” Diphthong, and the final “d” is a flap-d, and for the “-en” suffix – the “e” turns into an i-schwa (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/wəih.də(ɪ)n//ˈwəɪɾ.ə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Woods
– For this word, the “oo” combination is pronounced like a true-schwa / Short “I” Diphthong, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/wəih-dz//wəɪ.dz/ – Notice also that the “dz ending acts as a second syllable

 

Wool
– For this word, the “oo” combination is pronounced like a true-schwa / Short “I” Diphthong

/wəihl//wəɪl/

 

Woozy
– For this word, the “oo” combination is pronounced like the long letter “u” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/WOO-zee//ˈwu.ziː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable
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Word
– For this word, the “o” disappears, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/w’r-[d]//wɚ.[ɾ]/

 

Words
– For this word, the “o” disappears, the “d” is (often) stopped, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/w’r-dz//wɚ.dz/ – Notice also that the “dz” ending acts as a second syllable

 

Work
– For this word, the “o” disappears

/w’r-k//wɚ.k/

 

Worked
– For this word, the “o” disappears, the “k” is (usually) stopped, and since the root-word ends with the letter “k” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the “d” is pronounced like the letter “t”

/w’r-[k]-t//wɚ.[k].t/ – Notice also that the “k” and the “t” ending act as separate syllables

 

Worker
– For this word, the “o” disappears, and for the “-er” suffix – the “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/W’R-k’r//ˈwɚ.kɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Working
– For this word, the “o” disappears, 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)

/W’R-king//ˈwɚ.kɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Workload
– For this word, the “o” disappears, the “k” is almost stopped, 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 a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/W’R-k-loh[d]//ˈwɚ.k.lo[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and the “k” acts as a separate syllable

 

World
– For this word, the “o” disappears, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/w’rl-[d]//wɚl.[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts as a second syllable

 

Worlds
– For this word, the “o” disappears, the “d” is (often) stopped, and the “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/w’rl-[d]z//wɚl-[d]z/ – Notice also that the “dz” ending (even when the “d” is (stopped) acts as a second syllable

 

World-Wide
– For this word, the “o” disappears, the “d” is (often) stopped, the “i” is long, the second “d” is (often) stopped, and the final “e” is silent

/w’rl-[d]-WAI[D]//wɚl-[d]-ˈwaiː[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable and that the first “d” acts as a separate syllable

 

Worn
– For this word, the “o” is long

/wohrn//woɹn/

 

Worried
– For this word, the “o” disappears, the “rr” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “r” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), the “i” combines with the “-ed” ending, the “ie” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/W’R-ee[d]//ˈwɚ.iː[ɾ]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Worry
– For this word, the “o” disappears, the “rr” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “r” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/W’R-ee/ – /ˈwɚ.iː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Worrying
– For this word, the “o” disappears, the “rr” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “r” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), there is a phantom consonant letter “y” in-between the “r” and the “y” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), the “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, 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)

/W’R-ee-ying//ˈwɚ.iː.jɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Worse
– For this word, the “o” disappears, and the final “e” is silent

/w’rs//wɚs/

 

Worsen
– For this word, the “o” disappears, and the “e” turns into an i-schwa

/W’R-sihn//ˈwɚ.sə(ɪ)n/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Worsened
– For this word, the “o” disappears, the first “e” turns into a true-schwa, and since the root-word ends with the letter “n” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending turns into an i-schwa, and the final “d” is (sometimes) stopped

/W’R-sihn-[d]//ˈwɚ.sə(ɪ)n.[d]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable

 

Worship
– For this word, the “o” disappears, and for the “-ship” suffix – the “sh” combination is un-voiced, the “i” is an i-schwa, and the final “p” is (often) stopped (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/W’R-shih[p]//ˈwɚ.ʃə(ɪ)[p]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

Worst
– For this word, the “o” disappears, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/w’r-s[t]//wɚ.s[t]/ – Notice also that the “st” ending (even when the “t” is stopped) is pronounced as a second syllable

 

Worth
– For this worth, the “o” disappears, and the final “th” combination is un-voiced

/w’r-th//wɚ.θ/ – Notice also that the “th” combination acts as a second syllable

 

Would
– For this word, the “oul” combination is prounced as a true-schwa / Short “I” Diphthong (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/wəih[d]//wəɪ[d]/ – (This word sounds exactly like the word “wood”) –

 

Wouldn’t
– For this word, the “oul” combination is prounced as a true-schwa / Short “I” Diphthong (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “t” is (usually) stopped

/wəih[d]-n-[t]//wəɪ[d].n.[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “n” and the “t” ending (when not stopped) act as separate syllables

 

Wound (noun and verb which describes an “injury”)
– For this word, the “ou” combination is pronounced like the long letter “u”, and the final “d” is (often) stopped

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

 

Wound (verb)
– For this word the “ou” combination is pronounced like the “ow” combination, and the final “d” is (sometimes) stopped

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

 

Wounded
– For this word, the “ou” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “u”, and since the root-word ends with the letter “d” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending turns into an i-schwa, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/WOON-dih-[d]//ˈwun-də(ɪ).[ɾ] / – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable and that the “d” ending (when not stopped) acts as a third syllable

 

Wounds
– For this word, the “ou” combination is pronounced like the long letter “u”, the “d” is (often) stopped, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

/woon-[d]z//wun.[d]z/ – Notice also that the “dz” ending (even when the “d” is stopped) acts as a second syllable

 

Wow
– For this word, the “ow” combination is pronounced as in the word “how” or “now” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/wow//wɑw/

 

Wowed
– For this word, 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), and since the root-word ends with the letter “w” – the “e” of the “-ed” ending is silent, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

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

 

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