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pronunciation



moemendhia
Tunisia

pronunciation
 
Hello everyone ,
I īve been arguing with a colleague about the pronunciation of the word "obviously" , she told me we don īt pronounce the letter "b"(silent) , but in my Oxford phonetic transcription it īs pronounced , can anyone help us tp pronounce it correctly & thanks in advance !

24 Oct 2013      



Terri Lawson
New Zealand

It is pronounced, unfortunately I don īt have IPL font to give you the correct pronunciation.Unhappy Hopefully someone else can do that for you.

24 Oct 2013     



moemendhia
Tunisia

Thank you dear friend for your help Smile

24 Oct 2013     



Terri Lawson
New Zealand

You are very welcomeSmile

24 Oct 2013     



dutchboydvh
Singapore

In my part of the US, we pronounce the īb. Something like this... *Ob-vee-us-lee*

In other places, it may be pronounced slightly different and the ībī is less... well... obvious. ;-)

24 Oct 2013     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

You do pronounce the īb ī. 

24 Oct 2013     



Peter Hardy
Australia

Yep, we pronounce the īb ī but barely, as Dutchboy indicated, which may make your colleague believe we don īt pronounce it at all. But the dictionary agrees with us, so you, we and the dictionary are right and your colleague is not. Cheers.

24 Oct 2013     



moemendhia
Tunisia

Many greaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat thanks to all of you dear colleaguesClap

24 Oct 2013     



almaz
United Kingdom

And just to ram the point home...

24 Oct 2013     



yanogator
United States

We can look at it physiologically, too. A v is pronounced with the top teeth touching the lower lip. The b is pronounced with the two lips together. To say "obviously", you touch the lips together, then separate them with the top teeth touching the lower lip. Because of this, the b isn īt emphasized at all, as others have said, but it is definitely pronounced, since the lips do touch.
 
Bruce

24 Oct 2013     



moemendhia
Tunisia

Thank you for all of you for your precious help!Smile

24 Oct 2013