audio example by a male speaker
audio example by a female speaker
the above transcription of expensive is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.
the word expensive occurs in english on average 24.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.
press buttons with phonetic symbols to learn how to precisely pronounce each sound of expensive
press the "test" button to check how closely you can replicate the pitch of a native speaker in your pronunciation of expensive
An example use of expensive in a speech by a native speaker of american english:
“… is um much less expensive than many …”