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What are some tips for pronouncing Latin words?

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To pronounce Latin words correctly, trill the letter "r" and pronounce the letter "v" as the letter "w." Another tip for pronouncing Latin words is to pronounce each vowel and diphthong separately with no silent letters.

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Each Latin word has an equal number of syllables as it does diphthongs and vowels. Diphthongs are double vowels that have one sound. Say each diphthong individually.

The most common diphthongs in Latin are "ae," "au" and "oe." Both diphthongs "ae" and "oe" are pronounced like the "ay" in the word "say." The diphthong "au" is pronounced like the "ou" in the word "house."

If a word has two syllables, the accent is stressed on the first one. Three or more syllables means that the accent depends on the second to last syllable. If the second to last syllable has a long vowel, then that syllable receives the accent. If the second to last syllable's vowel is short, then the syllable before it gets the accent.

The long "a" is held longer than the short "a" and is pronounced like the "a" in the word "father." The long "e" is pronounced like the "e" in the word "they," while the short "e" is pronounced like the "e" in "pet" or "set."

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