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Old 2010-09-24, 17:59   #1
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How many different ways can the letters "EA" be pronounced in words in the English Language. I guess to be fair there is no reason why I couldn't expand this to ANY language.

The obvious and most common one is the Long-E sound in words like:
real or cream

How many more can you find?
I think there could be as many as 10 or maybe even more.
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Old 2010-09-24, 18:03   #2
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"ough" has many pronunciations also.
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There are 44 phonemes in Englsh. If memory serves, there are 1063 spellings of those. Thus the dyslexia issues are worse than, say, Italian.
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Old 2010-09-24, 18:28   #4
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http://www.morewords.com/contains/ea/ sites like this found by the google search: "*ea*" + english words may help a bit lol. I think the list on that one site has 4000 words to search through.
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Old 2010-09-24, 18:30   #5
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There are 44 phonemes in Englsh. If memory serves, there are 1063 spellings of those. Thus the dyslexia issues are worse than, say, Italian.
That overstates the issue, though -- the top few spellings cover the vast majority of the cases.
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Old 2010-09-24, 18:40   #6
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http://www.morewords.com/contains/ea/ sites like this found by the google search: "*ea*" + english words may help a bit lol. I think the list on that one site has 4000 words to search through.

so far I think these are separate:

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/abeam
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/acidhead
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/amenorrheas
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/anneal
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/bureaucratic
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/nuclear
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/bear
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/break

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Old 2010-09-25, 00:09   #7
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Abeam and anneal are the same, with a long e sound, just like cheese.

Here's another:
beautiful
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Old 2010-09-25, 14:26   #8
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Abeam and anneal are the same, with a long e sound, just like cheese.
In many British dialects, anneal contains a dipthong A N EE-UH L

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Old 2010-10-02, 09:08   #9
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In many British dialects, anneal contains a dipthong A N EE-UH L

Paul
But usually no UH in annealing.

How about Neil or kneel? I find it possible but unnatural
to avoid the UH in both.
OTOH I have no problem with film!

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Can we have some more word puzzles please?
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Old 2010-11-05, 04:45   #11
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Default EA - I count 13 so far

Code:
WORD --- Rhymes with
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beam ---- see
head ---- red
nuclear -- see + sir with emphasis on see sound
bear --- air
break --- take
idea ---- see + buck with emphasis on see sound
yeah ---- hat
heart --- car
ocean --- pin
react --- see + cat with emphasis on cat sound
European -- see + pin with emphasis on see sound
learn ---- sir
noticeably --- buck
Your pronounciations may NOT agree depending on whose English you speak.
Note I excluded words like Beau and Beautiful since it is not ONLY the 'ea' vowels that make the sound.

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