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assiduous

educate

graduate

grandeur

Mandurah

residual

residue

stridulate

verdure

3 thoughts on “d as in educate

  1. Jeanette

    Hi Alison,
    Am I right in thinking that the letter d can also sound as j (affricate) in word initial position with a letter u and sound ‘yoo’ following (with the same co-articulation as mid-word), as in due, during, durable, dual, duet, duty – in Australian English? Are the words do and due pronounced identically in American English?

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    1. alison Post author

      Hi Jeanette, yes, because the sound /j/ is actually an affricate which is a combination of /d/ and /zh/ as in vision, treasure and beige, there is some overlap in spelling of these two sounds, e.g. in the words ‘soldier’, ‘education’ and ‘adjust’. It’s the same process that makes many young children confuse words like ‘cheese’ and ‘trees’, they are phonetically very close. In Australian English ‘due’ and ‘do’ are not homophones but in American English they are. I’m not sure where you are, or whether you’re a speech pathologist/linguist, but the vowels in ‘new’ and ‘stupid’ are other examples of this vowel variation, I say /you/ as the first vowel in both words, but in the US the vowel is /oo/. Hope that makes sense, Alison

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