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Indian English  Voiced & Voiceless

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Please note: the words and symbols below refer to the British English sounds. They
are only provided for comparison.  Many of the Indian English sounds are quite different!

  bull/pull, big/pig, bin/pin, bowl/pole
gold/cold, good/could, goat/coat, gate/Kate
die/tie, down/town, dime/time, dim/Tim
van/fan, vine/fine, view/few, very/ferry, oval/offal

gin/chin, jug/chug, Jane/chain, June/tune, lunge/lunch, Jill/chill, Jew/ chew, Jews' Day/Tuesday, hedge/fetch, danger/'doncha' = 'don't you'*

these/this, as/mass, has/hassle, puzzle/pestle
the/thing, thou/thousand (voiced: this, those,
em, clothes; voiceless: think, through, thorn, cloth)
Asia, leisure, seizure,
measure, treasure, pleasure
lagged/lacked, laughed/halved, nabbed/napped


* The sound is . Other examples of this sound:
'woncha' = "won't you", picture, miniature, feature, signature

Also: "do you" is often pronounced to sound exactly the same as "Jew"


Our warmest thanks go to ...

Speaker Geographical origin Date of recording Approx age

Mrs Rajni Singhani

Udaipur, Rajasthan Feb 25, 2006


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