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Unit 3. Finding out about Pronunciation.

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Unit 3; Part A

Many dictionaries represent pronunciation using the symbols of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), or a similar system.
Pronunciation dictionaries usually include more words than general dictionaries and so can be particularly useful for finding out how to pronounce place names, family names, brand names and technical terms. They also give more information about variation in pronunciation.

 



Exercises

 
flag.jpgUnderline the syllable in these words and compounds which you think has main stress. Check your answers in a dictionary.
Key.1 tortuous;  2    methylated spirits;  6 flabbergasted;  7 symbiosis;  5 subterranean;  6 decompression chamber;  7 pistachio;  8 glitterati;  9 debutante;  10 repetitive strain injury;  11 rotisserie;  12 idiolect
Example: repudiate
1    tortuous
2    methylated spirits        
3    fabbergasted
4    symbiosis
5    subterranean
6    decompression chamber       
7    pistachio
8    glitterati
9      debutante
10    repetitive strain injury
11    rotisserie
12    idiolect

Which of these are you not sure how to pronounce? Use the pronu nciation given i n you r dictionary to try to work out how to say them. You can hear the words pronounced on the recording. 


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