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Guys how to pronounce the word "flour"?
« on: May 17, 2008, 09:08:52 AM »
Hai im a malaysian and wanna ask all the user from here how to pronounce the word flour?(This is out-topic)

Which one is correct?
1.Some said the word flour is pronounce as flower/flo-ur-two sound.

2.Some said the word flour is pronounce as flour-one sound.

 ??? ???

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Re: Guys how to pronounce the word "flour"?
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2008, 09:38:59 AM »
It would be a good idea for you to learn phonetic spelling because this can help with pronunciation. In a good dictionary, the phonetic spelling is given, along with an indication of stress in words of more than one syllable.

This word shows the necessity for such spelling, because the word is pronounced in exactly the same way as another word, and without the phonetic spelling, you might think the pronunciation was different. The other word is flower, of course!

flour /flaʊə/
flower /flaʊə/

Both words have two syllables, and the second syllable is stressed.

/f/ as in fast
/l/ as in leg
/aʊ/ (the diphong) as in cow
/ə/ (the weak vowel) as in computer (/kəmpju:tə/)

/fl/ as in flight
/aʊə/ as in our

/fl aʊə/
/flaʊə/ flour or flower

EDIT:

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/help/phonetics.htm
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Re: Guys how to pronounce the word "flour"?
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2008, 09:54:20 AM »
So well it is actually pronounced as flower?

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Re: Guys how to pronounce the word "flour"?
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2008, 10:31:33 AM »
Yes, they are homophones.
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Re: Guys how to pronounce the word "flour"?
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2008, 10:35:56 AM »
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So well it is actually pronounced as flower?

That assumes you are pronouncing flower correctly, which is why the phonetic spelling is so important!

There may be very subtle differences in some counties/regions, but the difference is going to test your ears!

Try comparing on these pages:

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/flour
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/flower

Sound: American and British English.

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?key=29835&dict=CALD
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?key=29855&dict=CALD

Phonetic: American and British English.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flour
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flower

Phonetics and sound, American English.

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Re: Guys how to pronounce the word "flour"?
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2008, 11:09:48 AM »
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So well it is actually pronounced as flower?

That assumes you are pronouncing flower correctly, which is why the phonetic spelling is so important!

Correctly! LOL  ::)
 Frank, When it comes to pronunciation, correct English is definitely an oxymoron!  ;D ;D

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Re: Guys how to pronounce the word "flour"?
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2008, 11:23:29 AM »
Indeed. The 'correct' pronunciation depends on who you are, where you are, and even how fast you are speaking, as English is a stress timed language.

The point I was intending to make was that if you're pronouncing flower like flow, for example, then pronouncing flower as flow-er would be incorrect anywhere and for anybody- a point I'm sure you appreciate already.  ;)

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Re: Guys how to pronounce the word "flour"?
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2008, 11:48:51 AM »
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The point I was intending to make was that if you're pronouncing flower like flow, for example, then pronouncing flower as flow-er would be incorrect anywhere and for anybody- a point I'm sure you appreciate already

hey i learn again. I thought the word flower is pronounce as flar-wer but it is actually pronounce as flow-er.

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Re: Guys how to pronounce the word "flour"?
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2008, 12:02:30 PM »
The point I was intending to make was that if you're pronouncing flower like flow, for example, then pronouncing flower as flow-er would be incorrect anywhere and for anybody- a point I'm sure you appreciate already.  ;)


You're absolutely right and I do appreciate your effort. I just couldn't resist the opportunity.

This book might also be helpful, though I don't know if he has anything to say about Australian English.  :-\
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Re: Guys how to pronounce the word "flour"?
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2008, 12:04:24 PM »
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it is actually pronounce as flow-er.

Just make sure that's /flaʊə/ and not /fləʊə/  ;)
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Re: Guys how to pronounce the word "flour"?
« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2008, 07:13:22 PM »
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/flour

Click on the audio. ( The little speaker)
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Re: Guys how to pronounce the word "flour"?
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2008, 07:30:01 PM »
Who ever said the off topic category was closed  ::) Isn't this suppose to be an anti virus forum. :o   

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Re: Guys how to pronounce the word "flour"?
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2008, 07:41:17 PM »
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Re: Guys how to pronounce the word "flour"?
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2008, 08:13:49 PM »
Hi FwF,

More interesting would be to come up with the different pronunciations of the word garage, see this link:
http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/pronunciation-phonetics/15168-correct-pronunciation-word-garage.html
I would say: "Is 'Garage' pronounced 'Ga-ridge' or a softer 'Ga-rah-ge.'" If you take it from French I would opt for the latter version. How do you pronounce it in your gibberish?

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Re: Guys how to pronounce the word "flour"?
« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2008, 09:13:53 PM »
If you park your car yourself, rather than having your driver do it, Ga-ridge: Ga-rah-ge is very posh.
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