werewolf pronunciation


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Russian/Romanian - bilingual
Hi all, this afternoon I saw a documentary concerning werewolves, vampires and ghosts and anytime I heard werewolf word pronounced as /ˈwɛːwʊlf / rather than /ˈwɪəwʊlf /, how it should just be right according to my Oxford Dictionary ( 2010/2011).

Thank you very much for your help.
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  • MikeMc

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    They are both acceptable UK pronunciations, according to Wiktionary. There are also three acceptable US pronunciations, the primary difference with UK being the "r" sound.

    • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈwɛːwʊlf/, /ˈwɪəwʊlf/
    • (US) IPA(key): /ˈwɛərwʊlf/, /ˈwɪərwʊlf/, /ˈwɜrwʊlf/
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    Moderato con anima (English Only)
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    I grew up with weer-wolf /ˈwɪəwʊlf/, but I'm hearing ware-wolf /ˈwɛːwʊlf/ these days. Or blame it on Harry Potter: it's ware-​wolf in the films.
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