Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Trivia no. 2

Today my students were asked to pronounce several sentences. One student produced this nice variant of a sentence (but don't tell this to any animal rights organisation):
"Try not to breathe through your mouse."

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Is it an orange or an orange?

Listen to these two pronunciations of the word 'orange'. Do both prons (let's call them A and B) end in the cluster /nʤ/ or does A end in /nʒ/?

Here's A:

And B:

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Trivia no. 1

While I was watching TV last night, the word 'flosser' (the film was about whether one should use dental floss or interdental brushes) reminded me of a series I had watched many years ago because flosser rhymes with tosser. Here's one of the sentences uttered by the main character in that series, a sentence which stands for deep thinking. I'm sure some of you will know which series I'm referring to.

/ˈtjuːnɪŋ jɔː tiː ˈviːz laɪk ˈmeɪkɪŋ ˈlʌv tu ə ˈbjuːtəfl̩ ˈwʊmən || ˈfɜːst ju ˈhæf tə ˈfaɪn nə ˈraɪp ˈbʌtn̩ | ən ˈnen ju ˈhæf tə ˈfɪdl̩ wɪð ɪt | ʌnˈtɪl ju ˈget ə ˈdiːsn̩t rɪˈsepʃn̩/