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User:B jonas

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You might get a tad bit more info about me on my en.Wikipedia user page.

I've contributed a few Hungarian translations and Hungarian words here.

SubpagesEdit

User:B jonas/French pronunciation

Some useful linksEdit

B jonas 13:57, 10 July 2007 (UTC)

Some notes on English usageEdit

Do not confuse these pairs of English wordsEdit

draught or draft
/drɑ:ft/ current of air
drought
/draʊt/ period of dryness
appeal
attract; urge
appal or appall
frighten or horrify
coach
/kəʊtʃ/ a bus, train wagon, or closed horse carriage; or a sports trainer
couch
/kaʊtʃ/ sofa
stenography
shorthand, fast form of handwriting
steganography
hiding messages
deprecate
/ˈdɛprɪkeɪt/ talk disapprovingly; also used instead of depreciate sometimes
depreciate
/dɪˈpriːʃɪeɪt/ become less valuable
dilate
/daɪˈleɪt, dɪˈleɪt/ expand or widen (esp. a gap)
dilute
/daɪˈluːt, dɪˈluːt/ make (a solution) less dense
delate
/dɪˈleɪt/ report a person for their rule breaking
delayed
/dɪˈleɪd/ past of delay, push to later time
delete
/dɪˈliːt/ remove
delight
/dɪˈlaɪt/ happyness
delude
/dɪˈluːd/ convince about falsehoods
continuous
/kənˈtɪnjʊəs/ without interruption
contiguous
/kənˈtɪgjʊəs/ sharing a border, or without gaps

Pairs of apparently related English words with surpisingly different pronunciationEdit

Some words of which I need to learn the spellingEdit

(There are too many words of which I need to learn the pronunciation that I don't even bother to start to list them.)

Links on particular points of English usageEdit

Silent initial consonantsEdit

If a word starts with any of the following combination of consonants, the first consonant is almost always silent in English.

wr
write, wrong, wrist, wrap, wreck, wrest, wrestle, wriggle, wrinkle, wrath, wraith, wreath, wrangle, wren, wright, wrought, wring, writ, writhe, wry.
kn
know, knife, knock, knee, knight, knob, knot, knit, knack, knout, knuckle.
ps
psychology (and lots of related words), psalm, pseudo, psychic, psionics.
gn
gnaw, gnash, gnome, gnu, gnat.
pn
pneumatic.
mn
mnemonic.
chth
chthonic.
bd
bdellium.

Pronounciation of -ough in EnglishEdit

List of such words: although borough bough breakthrough cough dough enough furlough hough Marlborough McCullough rough Scarborough slough sough sourdough thorough though through tough trough. – b_jonas 11:42, 7 September 2008 (UTC)

All from wiktionary as of 2008-06-13: -borough alpine-chough although borough bough chough cough dough eavestrough enough furlough Hiccough hiccough Hillsborough hough Loughborough lough Marlborough Middlesbrough Myerscough Peterborough Plough plough Rough rough Scarborough Slough slough snowplough sough sourdough thirdborough Thorough thorough though tough trough turlough Conrad.Irwin 11:39, 7 September 2008 (UTC) Sorted list inplace for easier use of paper dict. – b_jonas 11:45, 7 September 2008 (UTC)

Pron source below: Paul Procter (editor), Dictionary of Contemporary English, A Langenscheidt-Longman Dictionary. Longman Group Ltd., 1985, 7th printing.

  • /-oʊ/ or /-ə/
    • borough (BrE) /ˈbʌrə/, (AmE) /ˈbʌrəʊ/
    • thorough (BrE) /ˈθʌrə/ or (BrE or AmE) /ˈθʌrəʊ/
  • /-ɒf/
    • cough (BrE) /kɒf/, (AmE) /kɔf/
    • trough (BrE) /trɒf/ or (AmE) /trɔf/

English words ending in éEdit

Let's change the spelling of these words so they're less confusing.


b_jonas

An old project of mine on WiktionaryEdit

My current project (stalled for a long time now) here is to add most two-letter Hungarian words to wiktionary. I exclude some interjections, word parts that are not a complete word, interjections and other meaningless words, and words I forget. I've done the words starting with a–í, so I now have to continue from j. About half of the words already had a suitable entry which makes the project much easier.