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In the word "naturAlly", there is a question about the prounciation of "A".
Certainly, there is a schwa prounciation. However, if we choose to use the
original pronuncation, there are three options:

1. to pronounce "A" as that in the word Ah.

2. to pronounce "A" as that in the word Action.

3. to pronounce "A" as that in the word Aim

Which optios is the best prounciation of "A"?

Thanks.

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pen zany 71Which option is the best pronunciation of "A"?

A schwah.

"naturally" = /ˈnætʃrəli/ (NATCH-ruh-lee)

The pronunciation of "naturally" is a bit counterintuitive for learners. It isn't pronounced as you might think from the written form.

By the way, I have no feel for what you might mean by the "original pronunciation". Certainly you don't mean the pronunciation when the word was introduced into English, possibly five or six centuries ago, do you? Why would you want that?


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CJ

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All people know there is a schwa in IPA English pronunciation dictionary.

In real practice, it is more commonly heard that the A in the world NaturAlly is pronounced as that in the world Aim.

To speak it more clearly, næ + tʃu + rei + li, or næ + tʃu + re + li, rather than næ + tʃu + rə + li.

Please advise.



anonymous

All people know there is a schwa in IPA English pronunciation dictionary. [Actually, relatively few people have even ever heard of the IPA.]

In real practice, it is more commonly heard that the A in the world NaturAlly is pronounced as that in the world Aim. [Commonly heard by whom? I can't name anyone in that category.]

To speak it more clearly, næ + tʃu + rei + li, or næ + tʃu + re + li, rather than næ + tʃu + rə + li.

Please advise.

The kindest advice I can give is to drop this line of discussion and submit a different question on a different topic. None of this makes any sense to me.

Still, maybe someone else understands what you're getting at and will be able to help. We'll just have to wait and see if others add more posts to this thread.

CJ

Regarding the original pronunciation, my opinion is not to use schwa pronunciation.

Some locals born in Australia speak "A' as Ah rather than schwa. For example, the word "Apply", they speak Ah + pply, rather than schwa + pply.

Regarding the pronunciation of A in the word "NatruAlly", if we don't use schwa pronunciation, would you like to pronounce A as that in the word Ah, Action or Aim?

Hopefully anyone can help.



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