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Hello,
I always thought 'London' is pronounced /l/\nden/ (as transcribed here ). However, some time ago I noticed that the native speaker (English) who teaches me pronounces it as /london/, the way I was taught to be wrong Emotion: wink. I asked him about it and he was very surprised. A week or two ago, I had a lecture with a native speaker, again an Englishman, and I couldn't help noticing that he too pronounces it as /london/. Could anyone please provide any explanation of that?

Thanks,
Greg

PS. I also looked it up in my pronunciation dictionary (Longman) and it jus says 'London /l/\nden/ (!)'
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London is not pronounced as /l/\nden/ but /ˈlʌndən/. I don't know there may be different accents but it is for sure that sometimes native speakers do pronunciation mistakes too. Emotion: smile
Doll London is not pronounced as /l/\nden/ but /ˈlʌndən/.
Sorry, couldn't be bothered how to type in phonetic transcription. That's why I linked to a proper version on Wikipedia.
I don't know there may be different accents but it is for sure that sometimes native speakers do pronunciation mistakes too. Emotion: smile
Or indeed make them. I suppose your explanation is valid, I still can't quite wrap my mind around the fact that he said he'd never heard the 'proper' pronunciation (it's a commonly used word and I imagine they pronounce it properly on BBC). Mystery!
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I don't read IPA but you would normally say 'Lun-duhn' with the last syllable as the schwa sound.
http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=London

Well, according to this site... but I'm not sure it's British English.
Yes, that's it, though I must say he is making the 'n' sound very long.
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Charlotte_Thttp://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=London

Well, according to this site... but I'm not sure it's British English.
Very interesting link, thank you very much Emotion: wink I checked the Am. pronunciation at Merriam Webster,http://m-w.com/dictionary/london + , I think it's very similar to Nona's.

Also Nona, how would you describe your accent?

PS. I tested that howjsay site a bit, the pronunciation of ruby was quite surprising for me, it sounds like ruvee and I thought it's simply rubee: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=ruby
If your teacher has a pronounced northern accent, I suppose his/her pronunciation of London could sound more like "lon..." than the "lun..." we southerners use.

BTW - that clip of 'ruby' is clearly incorrect. No accent in the UK pronounces that word "roo-vee" (and I should know!).
oooeerr - no-one says Ruby in that way. I guess every site has its glitches.
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