– American English Pronunciation –

– ( Letter Z ) –


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.


Zz

 

Z
 – There is a distinct difference in the way that this letter is spoken between European and American English.  In American English we pronounce this letter…

– /zee//ziː/  –
In European English it is usually pronounce “Zed”, where the “e” is short

– /zehd//zɛd/  –

(Either way is just fine and perfectly well understood just about anywhere in the world…  It is all a matter of preference.  However, in American English “Zed” is also a man’s name…  but he’s dead.)

Zappa
 – For this musical genius’s name, the first “a” is short, the “pp” combination (besides being a childish slang term for “yellow snow”) is pronounced simply as a single letter “p” (this is the standard pronunciation of this letter combination in The Common Tongue), and the final “a” turns into a u-schwa

/-puh/ – /ˈzæ.pə(ʌ)/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable (and that he was the greatest guitar player in the history of the world) –

Zero
 – For this word, the “e” is long, and the “o” is long

/ZEE-roh/ – /ˈziː.ɹo/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Zodiac
 – For this word, the “o” is long, the “d” is a flap-d, the “i” is pronounced like the long letter “e”, the “a” is short, and the final “c” is hard

– /ZOH-dee-æk//ˈzo.diː.æk/ – Notice also that the stress is on the first syllable

Zone
 – For this word, the “o” is long, and the final “e” is silent

/zohn/ – /zon/ –

Zoo
 – 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)

/zoo/ – /zu/ –

Zoology
 – For this word, the first “o” is pronounced like the long letter “u”, the second “o” combines with the “-ology” suffix, there is a phantom consonant letter “w” in-between the first two letters “o” (this is a product of the transition from one sound to the next), and for the “-ology” suffix – the first “o” is short, the second “o” turns into an i-schwa, the “g” is soft, and the final “y” is pronounced like the long letter “e” (this is the standard pronunciation of this suffix in The Common Tongue)

/zoo-WAH-lə-dʒee//zu.ˈwɑ.lə.dʒiː/ – Notice also that the stress is on the second syllable

 

– ( American English Pronunciation – Letter Z ) –

 


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