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We're (we are) Pronunciation: A survey/poll (^_^)

The counting starts from the left to refer to a specific pronunciation.

A few questions to both native and non-native speakers.

Which pronunciation do you use?

Which is the most popular in your country?

Which is easiest to pronounce for you?

A question for the experts: Are the first and last pronunciations the same? Because they are to my ears.

The first pronunciation is what I was taught in school but I rarely pronounce it this way nowadays although this is the easiest for me. I now use the middle one due to the influence of social media. I also often hear it pronounced this way (middle one) especially from Hollywood movies and Americans.
May 29, 2020 10:57 AM
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We’re walking to school. (Unstressed)

They’re taking the bus to school, but we’re walking. (Stressed for contrast)
May 29, 2020
I think it depends on whether it’s stressed or not. If it’s stressed, I would pronounce it /wir/. If it’s unstressed, I would pronounce it /wər/.

The first and last pronunciations sound similar, but the last one has a subtle schwa. The first one is more like /weer/, whereas the last one is almost like /weeur/.
May 29, 2020
I’m from Germany and I pronounce it like in the left example. The first and third pronunciation are similar but there’s a subtle difference. They don’t sound the same to me.
May 29, 2020
If I was talking normally, I’d probably use the first choice. If I wanted to stress that we are to do something, I would use the third. I wouldn’t use the middle one.
May 29, 2020
first and last recordings are not the same, there is a difference on pronouncing the 'r' in first recording and the elongated e-e in the middle of the last recording.

None of them sound very good to me because it is a bad recording to my ears.
There is a difference between we're [we are] an were past tense similar to was.
I would say the first recording of we're is the better one although if I heard it spoken like that I would pass the speaker of as a non native possibly with American influence.

And I do change from recording one to recording three and recording two sounds like were to my ears, allowing for the fact it is a bad recording, and slowed down way too much.
May 29, 2020
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