Appalachians

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Appalachians (the name of the mountain chain in eastern North America running from Newfoundland to Alabama) is pronounced with the main stress on the 3rd syllable and secondary stress on the first. The third '-a-' is like that in 'hate' and 'late', and the consonant after it is like that in 'kitchen' (some give it a soft '-sh-' sound): 'apple-AITCH-yen' (or 'apple-ASian), {{IPA|ˌæp ə ˈleɪtʃ (or ʃ)ən.

Note on variations: According to Wikipedia ([[1]]), "In southern U.S. dialects, the mountains are pronounced as the IPA: /ˌæpəˈlætʃɨnz/, with the third and fourth syllables sounding like "latch". In northern U.S. dialects, the mountains are pronounced as the IPA: /ˌæpəˈleɪtʃɨnz/ or IPA: /ˌæpəˈleɪʃɨnz]/; the third syllable is like "lay", and the fourth is either "chins", "shins", or "shuns". Among non-natives, it is common to pronounce the last two syllables like "Asians".

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