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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 3:48:07 AM
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Jam : dʒæm
I love pronunciation but the "æ" sound especially in British English gives me trouble. It is more closer to ae' in ˈfɑːðər'. I would really appreciate your help to clear this doubt forever!

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Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 4:03:19 AM

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Jigneshbharati wrote:
Jam : dʒæm
I love pronunciation but the "æ" sound especially in British English gives me trouble. It is more closer to ae' in ˈfɑːðər'. I would really appreciate your help to clear this doubt forever!

I have noticed that the problems with pronunciation are not the ones native speakers of English can help you with. They will give you all sorts of advice as to how to widen your throat or make your lips form a cycloid and still you will not get it right.

It's the speaker of your language who's had similar problems and could overcome them - he'll be able to help you.

აბა ყვავებს ვინ დაიჭერს, კარგო? გალიაში ბულბულები ზიან.
Romany
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 5:21:41 AM
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(Sorry, I STILL can't use the phoenetic app-thingy)

The sound you are talking about is no different in BE, AE, IE or whatever. Cat, mat, sat, fat, - are all said the same.

The difference comes when some dialects use a short 'a' where others would use a long 'a'. Drago and I, for example often tease each other because he and I (He = North, I = South) use short and long 'a's differently.
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 5:46:15 AM
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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 7:59:51 PM

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I agree with Харбин. It is difficult to explain or advise on pronunciation, but I can give examples.

As Romany says, the "æ" sound is the same in British and Indian English.

All the 'A's in this clip are "æ".

This is the sound in the word 'jam' /dʒæm/.

The normal sound for /ɑː/ is longer.
You can hear it by clicking on the speaker symbols on this page.

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
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