How to pronounce idiot etc.

Inspired by a conversation among English language students I overheard on the bus (in which the word idiom was pronounced incorrectly), I looked up the pronunciation words such as idiot, idiom, ideal, etc. Here is what I found:

  • The letter i is pronounced as [i] in idiot, idiosyncrasy, and idiom.
  • The i in idea is always pronounced as [ai], listen here. The same holds for ideal and idealized.
  • In the case of ideology (and related words), the i can be pronounced either as [i] or as [ai], with [ai] being more common.
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