Another of my assessment sentences contains the word <marriage>. I had always thought the word is so frequent that even German speakers of English having been taught the lingo in a German secondary school for 7 - 9 years should know how to pronounce it. Alas ...
Let's look at <-iage> and <-age> (with any preceding letter but <i>).
<-iage> has three pronunciations:
- /ɪdʒ/ as in marriage, carriage;
- /iɪdʒ/ as in foliage, verbiage;
- /iːɑːʒ/ as in triage (with /traɪɑːʒ, traɪɪdʒ, triːɪdʒ/ as variants.
- /ɪdʒ/ as in appendage, average, cleavage, cottage;
- /eɪdʒ/ as in age, cage, page, rage, stage, wage;
- /ɑːʒ/ as in camouflage, collage, espionage, curettage.
Which brings me to an important hint:
There's an excellent website with pronunciation tips which has recently been relaunched by John Maidment.