Episode #175

How to Pronounce Want vs. Won’t

00:03:39 minutes long
audio file size: 5.5 mb

English words can be really confusing sometimes.
In these how-to-pronounce episodes published on Fridays, I’ll help you with the pronunciation of confusing words and common names.
This week we’re going to talk about the words ‘want’ vs. ‘won’t’.

Here’s a loose transcription of the words as explained in the episode:
want: waant [IPA: wɑːnt] or wawnt [IPA: wɔːnt] or whunt [IPA: wʌnt ]
won’t: wownt [IPA: woʊnt]

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3 Responses

  1. Thanks for this important topic about pronouncing words that are written different but sounds similar. For me, its easier pronounce “want to” as “wanna” because the first is not as used as frequently in a normal context, for example “I wanna improve my speaking” is as the same as “I want to improve my speaking”, the first sounds more natural in a normal dialogue with native or fluent speakers. Meanwhile, “Won´t” is the contraction of “Will not” and is most used in a normal conversation, similar as the first one.

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