– American English Pronunciation –

– ( Letter Y ) –


 

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.

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.

 


Yy

 

Yard
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, the “a” is pronounced like the short letter “o”, and the final “d” is a flap-d but is (often) stopped

/yahr[d]/ – /jɑɹ[ɾ]/ –

Yarn
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, the “a” is pronounced like the short letter “o”

/yahrn//jɑɹn/

Yawn
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, and the “aw” combination is pronounced like in the word “law” or “saw” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/yawn/ – /jɔn/ –

Yeah
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, the “e” is pronounced like the short letter “a”, and the “ah” combination turns into a true-schwa

/yæə/ – /jæə/ –

Year
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, and the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”

– /yeer//jiːɹ/ –

Yearly
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

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

Yearn
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, and the “ea” combination disappears

– /y’rn//jɝn/ –

Years
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

– /yeerz/ – /jiːɹz/ –

Yeast
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, the “ea” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “e”, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

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

Yell
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, the “e” 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)

/yehl//ˈjɛl/

Yelling
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, the “e” 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 “-ing” suffix is pronounced like in the word “sing” or “ring” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/YEH-ling//ˈjɛ.lɪŋ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Yellow
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, the “e” 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 “ow” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “o” (the “w” does not affect the pronunciation of the letter “o”)

/YEH-loh/ – /ˈjɛ.lo/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

Yemen
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, the first “e” is short, and the second “e” turns into an i-schwa

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

Yemeni
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, the first “e” is short, the second “e” turns into an i-schwa, and the final “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/YEH-mih-nee/ – /ˈjɛ.mə(ɪ).niː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

Yemenite
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, the first “e” is short, the second “e” turns into a true-schwa, and for the “-ite” suffix – the “i” is pronounced like the “igh” combination, the “t” is (often) stopped, and the final “e” is silent

/YEH-mə-nigh[t]/ – /ˈjɛ.mə.nʌiː[t]/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable –

Yes
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, and the “e” is short

– /yehs//jɛs/

Yesterday
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, the first “e” is short, the second “e” disappears, the “d” is a flap-d, and the “ay” combination is pronounced like the Long “A” / Long “E” Diphthong

– /YEHS-t’r-day//ˈjɛs.tɚ.ɾeiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Yet
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, the “e” is short, and the final “t” is (often) stopped

/yeh[t]/ – /jɛ[t]/ –

Yield
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, the “ie” 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 “d” is often stopped

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

York
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, and the “o” is long

/yohr-k/ – /joɹ.k/ – Notice also that the “k” ending acts as a second syllable –

Yosemite
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, the “o” is long, the “e” is short, the “i” is an i-schwa, the “t” is a flap-t, and the “e” is long

– /yoh-SEH-mih-dee//jo.ˈsɛ.mə(ɪ).ɾiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

You
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, and the “ou” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “u”

– /yoo//ju/ –

Young
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, the “ou” combination sounds like the short letter “u”, and the “ng” combination sounds like in the word “sing” or “sung” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

– /yung//jʌŋ/

Younger
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, the “ou” combination is pronounced like the short letter “u”, the “n” is pronounced like the “ng” combination, the “g” is hard, and for the “-er” suffix – and the “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

/YUNG-g’r//ˈjʌŋ-gɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Youngster
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, the “ou” combination is pronounced like the short letter “u”, the “ng” combination is pronounced like in the word “sung” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination), and for the “-er” suffix – the “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

– /YUNG-s-t’r//ˈjʌŋ.s.tɚ/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Youngsters
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, the “ou” combination is pronounced like the short letter “u”, the “ng” combination is pronounced like in the word “sung” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination), and for the “-er” suffix – the “e” disappears (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue)

– /YUNG-s-t’rz//ˈjʌŋ.s.tɚz/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Your
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, and the “ou” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “o”

/yohr/ – /joɹ/ –

Yours
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, the “ou” combination is pronounced simply like the single long letter “o”, and the final “s” is pronounced almost like the letter “z”

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

Yourself
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, the “ou” combination is disappears, and the “e” is short

/y’r-SEHL-f/ – /jɚ.ˈsɛl.f/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable –

Youth
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, the “ou” combination is pronounced like the long letter “u”, and the “th” combination is un-voiced

/yooth//juθ/

Youths
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, the “ou” combination is pronounced like the long letter “u”, and though some people pronounce the “th” combination  with the voiced pronunciation – it is usually un-voiced

– /yoo-ths/ – /ju.θs/ – Notice also that the “ths” ending acts as a second syllable

Yummy
 – For this word, the “Y” takes the consonant sound, the “u” is short, the “mm” combination is pronounced simply like the single letter “m” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e”

/YUH-mee//ˈjʌ.miː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

 

– ( American English Pronunciation – Letter Y ) –


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