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the above transcription of aspiration 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.
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An example use of aspiration in a speech by a native speaker of british english:
“… we want to our aspiration and our …”
Aspiration means a desire to reach a particular goal or to achieve a particular status.
the word aspiration occurs in english on average 2.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.
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 aspiration can be often used in the following areas:
1) people, society, and culture;