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How do you pronounce "vegan"

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having a friendly debate about this.... lets see which one is most popular.

i say vee - juhn
 

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vee-gen

but yeah lots of people say vay-gan.

my favourite song at the moment:

"her name is Meaaaagan

she don't eat baaaaaaacon

she's one of them vaaaaaygans..."

makes me giggle
 

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The first syllable has the accent, and has a long e. As in Knee. Tree. Fee. Bee. Plea. See. Me.

The second syllable has a hard g, as in give, go, get, gargyole.

The vowel sound of the e following the g is called -- i forget what it's called. It is nothing in particular, you just go from the g to the n with as little sound as possible, or alterntively you say gin, gun, gen, gan, but withougt making a big production about elongating pronunciation of the vowel. I forget the phonetic symbol used to indicate the minimized vowel, but i think it may be an upside down e. Somewhere between gun, gan, gin or gen, and gn. The accent is on the first syllable and the second syllable kind of gets rushed thru too fast to be important. Various minimized forms of gin, gan, gin, gen, and gn, are all pretty acceptable. Might depend on your regional dialect. But vee-jun is not acceptable, nor is vay-anything.
 
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