Examples of General American English Pronunciation

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Do you want me to park the car in the garage?

//djuː wɑnt mi tə pɑːrk ðə kɑːr ɪn ðə gəˈrɑːʒ//

The word garage is stressed on the second syllable in GAEP. In RP it is pronounced /ˈgærɑːʒ/ and in the North of England: /ˈgærɪdʒ/.


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That’s not on the schedule either.

//ðæts nɑt ɒn ðə ˈskedʒəl ˈiːðɚ//

The pronunciation of schedule in RP is /ˈʃedju:l/.

The pronunciation of either is /ˈiːðɚ/. In RP it is pronounced /ˈaɪðə/.


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I’m taking my normal route to school.

//ɑɪm ˈteɪkɪŋ mɑɪ ˈnɔːrməl rɑʊt tə skuːl//

The pronunciation of route in American English is /rɑʊt/. The RP pronunciation is /ruːt/.


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When’s the paper due?

//wenz ðə ˈpeɪpɚ duː//

Notice the pronunciation of due: /duː/ and compare it to RP /djuː/ which is normally pronounced /dʒuː/ by most British speakers.


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My mom’s on the war path

//mɑɪ mɑmz ɑn ðə wɔːr pæθ//

Notice the pronunciation of mom with an “a” sound.

The phrase "on the war path" is originally a Native-American Indian expression.


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Is there any chance you can write that down for me?

//ɪz ðɜːr ˈeni tʃæns juː kən raɪt ðæt dɑʊn fər miː//

In RP the pronunciation of chance is /tʃɑːns/. However, in most kinds of English words like chance, dance, France are pronounced as in American English /æ/.

In RP the pronunciation of there is with a centring diphthong: /ðeə/ but in GAEP there are no centring diphthongs because it is a rhotic accent so there is pronounced /ðɜːr/.


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My car’s faster than yours.

//mɑɪ kɑːrz fæstɚ ðən jɔːrz//

Notice the post-vocalic “r” in yours.


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I’ve got to go.

//ɑɪv gɑɾə goʊ//

The /t/ in got to the /t/ is pronounced as a flap [ɾ]. You will hear this sound in words like writer, later, etc.


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Where’re you going for vacation in the Fall?

//wɜːrɚ juː ˈgoʊɪŋ fɚ veɪˈkeɪʃən ɪn ðə fɒːl//

Notice the pronunciation of /ˈgoʊɪŋ/. In RP the diphthong is /əʊ/: /ʹgəʊɪŋ/.


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I got a free song off iTunes yesterday.

//ɑɪ gɑt ə friː sɑŋ ɑf ɑɪ tuːnz ˈjestɚdeɪ//

The pronunciation of tunes in conservative RP is /tjuːnz/ but generally young RP speakers pronounce it /tʃuːnz/.


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Did you watch the news today?

//dɪd ju wɑtʃ ðə nuːz təˈdeɪ//

In American English news is pronounced /nuːz/. In RP it is pronounced with a /j/ /njuːz/.


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