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  1. #1 Pronunciation Of Chemicals 
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    is there any one can help me on a website that supplys most of the PRONUNCIATIONs of chemicals, for instance, how to read Ocimene?


    Thanx for your help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    ? help!!!!!!!


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    I'm, fairly sure there are some "chemical dictionaries" that have pronunciations, after a quick search. This link might be a start:

    http://www.chemistryguide.org/chemical-glossaries.html
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    but most websites only have the detail infor of chemicals......


    Very embarrassed to have confusion on different people's pron.....
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    I wouldn’t worry too much about pronunciation of chemical names. There may not even be an established pronunciation - for instance in gas processing amines are widely used as solvents. The "a" in amine can be pronounced short as in “am” or long as in “aim”, and amine can have the stress on the first or second syllable. Speakers at conferences use all combinations and nobody cares. As for less common chemicals, I seriously doubt if anyone’s going to laugh at you for mispronouncing a name because the chances are that they don’t know any better than you do.

    Regarding the example you gave, I’d pronounce it ockymeen and if anyone laughed at me I’d spill my coffee on them.
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    Oh no I don't mean to be laughed at, neither do i mean that's the reason of asking.

    Sometimes , wrong pron will influence the meaning, Alkane & alkene are very similar in pron. (but i know it's not a good e.g. cuz' these two words have their standarded pronc in the dictionary )


    Never Mind on this toypic as it does nothing with Chem itself, is it?
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    If people misunderstand you when you say alkane/alkene then perhaps you should speak more clearly. Pronunciation varies dramatically from person to person.

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