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I would appreciate it if someone could let me know how to pronounce the following phrase in the connected speech. The reason for this question is I know that we should not pronounce each word separately. However, it is a bit difficult for me to pronounce "are a" in particular.


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The following are the IPA symbols of the way that I often speak.

/ðeər/ r/ /ə/ /ˈnʌm.bər/ /əv/ /ˈtiː.tʃərs/ /ɪn/ /ðə/ /skuːl/


Furthermore, please let me know the IPA symbols of the correct pronunciation if possible. In addition, I would be grateful if you could give me some useful website links addressing these types of theories.

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dileepa I know that we should not pronounce each word separately.

On the contrary—we should pronounce each word separately.

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ɛrˌarəˈnʌmbɚ(r)əvˈti:tʃɚzɪnðəˈsku:l/

I use /ɚ/ where you use /ər/ because I think it's more accurate, but the intended sound is the same.

"are" is stressed more than your transcription indicates.

"there are" is almost /ðɛˌrar/.

Does this help?

(How about if I move this thread to the pronunciation forum? Will you be able to find it there?)

CJ

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Thank you very much for the answer. In fact, I didn't know about the "pronunciation forum". If I had known about it I would already have posted this question on there instead. Anyways, I think it would be better if you could move this thread to the pronunciation forum.

OK. Here it is. The Audio, Speech & Pronunciation Forum.

CJ

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To give full value to each of the words in "there are a" sounds perfectly fine, and I would normally say it that way because it's hard to pronounce any other way, but if I was in a hurry, I might say "there'r'a", like a growling dog.