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Hello everyone!

Could you please tell me what is the right pronunciation of New Hampshire? Many journalists, who work for the Italian TV in the USA, pronounce the "i" in "Hampshire" like it was an "e", and I've always thought that it must be pronounced like an "i"! Emotion: thinking

Thank you very much for your time! Emotion: smile
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Hey,
can you read IPA? Or Merriam-Webster's transcriptions? Hmm... I always use MW for pronunciations. They list two, and one of them is very close to the one you described, with an "ee" sound. Anyway, I think it's usually pronounced the other way, with a schwa, so it's HAMP-shur, but it's just my opinion. I heard people pronoucne it that way, and that's the way it's pronounced on MW-online too. Click on it, it's from MW, direct link.

New Hampshire

This is the page, if you want to take a look at the transcriptions: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/New%20Hampshire
I've always thought that it must be pronounced like an "i"!
Fran, by "i" do you mean the /ai/ sound as in the word "shire"? I've never heard it pronounced that way. Like Kooyeen, I think it is pronounced with a schwa most of the time. Here's a very clear pronunciation of it on www.howjsay.com : http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=new+hampshire
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new hamp-sure
Orpheus
I've always thought that it must be pronounced like an "i"!
Fran, by "i" do you mean the /ai/ sound as in the word "shire"?

Yes Orpheus, I meant that! Now it's clear that either the journalists and I were wrong Emotion: wink

Thanks!
How do you do on this one: Worcester

(wuster - with the u like put) - if you're in Massachusetts. Actually, if you're in Mass, you don't say the R either. wustah.
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You mean that "wustah" is the pronunciation of "Worcester" in MA??? Emotion: surprise

Thank God nobody asked me something "Worcester" while in Boston, because I couldn't have recognized the word; in fact, as a good Italian, I would have pronounced it as "uorchester" Emotion: stick out tongue
Don't worry. I thought it was were-chester for a long time.
*sigh of relief* Emotion: wink
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