how to pronounce softly


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the above transcription of softly 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.

softly is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of softly in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… but it's killing me softly and or not …”

meanings of softly


  1. In a soft manner; gently.
  2. Not loudly; nearly inaudible.

softly frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word softly occurs in english on average 7.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics softly can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that softly can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

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