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Is There a Creator Who Cares About You?

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Chapter 1: What Can Add Meaning to Your Life?

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 WORD   PAGE   NW TRANSLATION   PHONETIC PRONUNCIATION 
Auschwitz   7   OWSH-vits'
Einstein   6   IN-stin, Ger. IN-shtin'
Freud, (Sigmund)   8   froid, Ger. froit
Gauguin   5   goh-GAN, goh-GAN [not goh-GAHN]
Gautama (Budda)   7   GAW-tuh-muh, GOU-tuh-muh
Hume (David)   8   HYOOM, also YOOM
Nietzsche, Friedrich           8   NEE-chuh, NEE-chee, FREE-drikh
Polynesia   5   pah-luh-NEE-zhuh
Shinto   8   SHIN-toh'


Chapter 2: How Did Our Universe Get Here?—The Controversy

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 WORD   PAGE   NW TRANSLATION   PHONETIC PRONUNCIATION 
actinide  27   AK-tuh-nid'
Andromeda  10   an-DRAH-muh-duh
antimony  26   AN-tuh-moh'nee
arsenic  26   AHRS-nik, AHRS-suhn-ik
astrophysicist  25   as'truh-FI-zuh-sist, as'truh-FIZ-sist
bismuth  26   BIZ-muhth
Bohr  26   BOHR, BAWR
Breuer, Reinhard  18   BROY-uhr, RIN-hahrt
chaotic  25   kay-AH-tik
cosmology  16   kahz-MAH-luh-jee
electromagnetic  17   ih-lek'troh-mag-NEH-tik
elliptic  23   ih-LIP-tik
entropy  25   EN-truh-pee
glaciation  23   glay'shee-AY-shuhn, glay'see-
helium  20   HEE-lee-uhm, HEEL-yuhm
hydrogen  20   HI-druh-juhn, HI-duhr-juhn
intractable  16   in(')-TRAK-tuh-buhl
Kesil  10 Ke'sil KEE-sil*
Kimah  10 Ki'mah KI-muh*
krypton  26   KRIP-tahn
lanthanide  27   LAN(T)-thuh-nid'
Lovell, (Sir Bernard)  13   LUH-vuhl
Mazzaroth  12 Maz'za·roth MAZ-uh-ruth*, -roth
Mendeleyev  26   men'duh-LAY-uhf
Milne, (E.A.)  16   MILN
neutron  17   NOO-trahn, NYOO-
nuclear  17   NOO-klee-uhr, NYOO-, also N(Y)OO-kyuh-luhr
nucleus  17   NOO-klee-uhs, NYOO-
periodic  26   pir'ee-AH-dik
perturb(s) [box]  24   puhr-TUHRB
photosynthesis  18   FOH-toh'SIN(T)-thuh-suhs
proportionally [compare proportionately]  18   pruh-POHR-shnuh-lee, -shuh-nuhl-ee
proportionately [compare proportionally]  18   pruh-POHR-sh(uh-)nuht-lee
proton  17   PROH-tahn
radon  26   RAY-dahn'
Ramsay  26   RAM-zee
singularity  13   sin'gyuh-LAR-uh-tee
supernova  21   soo'puhr-NOH-vuh
systemization  26   sis'tuh-muh-ZAY-shuhn
thermonuclear  17   thuhr'moh-NOO-klee-uhr,-NYOO-, also -N(Y)OO-kyuh-luhr
xenon  26   ZEE-nahn, ZEH-
zoology [box]  22   zoh-AH-luh-jee, zuh-WAH-luh-jee [not zoo-]


Chapter 3: What Is the Origin of Life?

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 WORD   PAGE   NW TRANSLATION   PHONETIC PRONUNCIATION 
abiotic  40   ay'bi(')-AH-tik
adenine  45   A-duhn-een'
amino  33   uh-MEE-noh(')
amoeba  38   uh-MEE-buh
bacterium  35   bak-TIR-ee-uhm
Bernal, (J.D.)  42   possibly? ber-NAHL
biophysicist  30   bi'oh-FI-zuh-sist, bi'oh-FIZ-sist
biotic  40   bi-AH-tik
catalyst  45   KA-tuhl-uhst
chromosome  42   KROH-muh-sohm', -zohm' [not KROH-muh-sohn', -zohn']
cytosine  45   SI-tuh-seen'
dendrology  43   den-DRAH-luh-jee
deoxyribonucleic (acid)  45   dee(')-AHK-sih-ri(')-boh-n(y)u-klee(')-ik, -klay(')-
dialect  46   DI-uh-lekt'
Duve, (Christian de)  30   DOO-vuh
espoused  48   is-POUZD, is-POUSD
Frankenstein  35   FRANG-kuhn-stin', also -steen'
geneticist  43   juh-NEH-tuh-sist
guanine  45   GWAH-neen
helix  45   HEE-liks
Hoyle, (Sir Fred)  41   HOI(uh)L
impasse  48   IM-pas', im-PAS
laureate  30   LAIR-ee-uht, LOR-, LAHR-
Mainz  40   MINTS [rhymes with pints]
methane  33   MEH-thayn, Brit. usually MEE-thayn
mitochondrion  42   mi-tuh-KAHN-dree-uhn [not -KRAHN-dee-uhn]
Mono, Jacques (L.)  30   ma-noh, zhahk
Nobel (laureate)  30   noh-BEL, NOH-bel'
nucleic (acid)  28   nu-KLEE-ik, nu-KLAY-ik, nyu-
nucleotide  34   NOO-klee-uh-tid', NYOO-
nucleolus  42   noo-KLEE-uh-luhs, nyoo-
nucleus  42   NOO-klee-uhs, NYOO-klee-uhs
Oparin, (Alexander I.)  32   ah-PAH-reen
panorama  28   pan'uh-RAM-uh, pan'uh-RAH-muh
Pasteur, Louis  32   LOO-ee pas-TUHR [not pas-TYOOR]; Fr. lwee pah-STÖR [Ö as in Fr. feu or Ger. schön]
prebiotic  33   pree'bi-AH-tik
primeval  30   pri-MEE-vuhl
processes  28   PRAH-se'suhz, PRAH-suh-seez'
pundit  35   PUHN-duht
quasi (-religious)  30   KWAY-zi', KWAY-si'; KWAH-zee, KWAH-see
Redi, Francesco  31   frahn-CHAYS-koh RAY-dee, RE-dee
ribonucleic (acid)  46   ri-boh-nu-KLEE-ik, -nyu-, -klay'
ribosome  42   RI-buh-sohm' [not -sohn']
Sahara  28   suh-HAR-uh, suh-HAHR-uh
speculative  48   SPE-kyuh-luh-tiv, -lay'
spontaneous  42   spahn-TAY-nee-uhs
synthesis  40   SIN(T)-thuh-suhs
synthesize  39   SIN(T)-thuh-siz'
thymine  45   THI-meen'
Urey, (Harold)  34   YUR-ee


Chapter 4: How Unique You Are!

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 WORD   PAGE   NW TRANSLATION   PHONETIC PRONUNCIATION 
Areopagus  71 Ar·e·op'a·gus air'ee-OP-uh-guhs*
Balaam  60 Ba'laam BAY-luhm*
Broca  59   BROH-kah
Broca's (area)  56   BROH-kuhz
causality  66   kaw-ZAL-uh-tee
chimpanzee(s)  59   chim(')-pan'ZEE, -puhn-ZEE, -PAN-zee
sometimes shim(')-
cerebral  54   suh-REE-bruhl, SER-uh-bruhl [not suh-REE-bree-uhl]
Chalmers, (David)  65   CHAL-muhrz, CHAH-muhrz
Chomsky, (Avram) Noam  61   CHAHM(P)-skee, NOHM
dexterous  55   DEK-st(uh-)ruhs
dilemma  65   duh-LE-muh, also di-
Dirac, (Paul Adrien Maurice)  72   dih-RAK
Eccles, (Sir John)  59   EH-kuhlz
(rhymes with freckles)
electrochemical  63   ih-lek'troh-KEH-muh-kuhl
Krauss, (Lawrence)  62   krous
linguistics  61   ling-GWIS-tiks
Massachusetts  53   ma'suh-CHOO-suhts, -zuhts
Naaman  60 Na'a·man NAY-uh-muhn* (not NAY-muhn)
neural  51   NUR-uhl, NYUR-uhl
neurophysiologist  59   nur'oh-fih'zee-AH-luh-jist
neuroscientist  53   nur'oh-SI-uhn-tist
physiology  56   fih'zee-AH-luh-jee
Pulitzer (prize)  52   PUH-luht-suhr, PYOO-
(Pullet Surprise :-)
symmetry  66   SIH-muh-tree
synapse  50   SIH-naps', suh-NAPS
syntax  59   SIN-taks
transcendence  66   tran(t)-SEN-dan(t)s
Wernicke's (area)  56   VAIR-nih-kuhz, -keez



Chapter 5: The Handiwork—What Is Behind It?

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 WORD   PAGE   NW TRANSLATION   PHONETIC PRONUNCIATION 
bespeak  83   bih-SPEEK
Buddhism  74   BOO-dih'zuhm, BU-
Epicurean(s)  74   eh'pi-kyur-REE-uhn, -KYUR-ee-
Epicurus  74   eh'pi-KYUR-uhs
Fukui, (Kenichi)  73   FU-ku-ee, fu-KU-ee
Huxley, (Thomas H.)  75   HUHKS-lee
idiosyncrasy  73   ih'dee-uh-SING-kruh-see
immunological  82   ih'myuh-nuh-LAH-ji-kuhl
kimchi (also, kimchee)  81   KIM-chee
legume(s)  80   LEH-gyoom', lih-GYOOM
macrophage  82   MA-kruh-fayj'
Nakajima, (Hiroshi)  83   possibly? nah(')-kuh-JEE-muh
Nobel laureate   73   noh-BEL, NOH-bel' LAIR-ee-uht, LOR-, LAHR-
postulate  79   (verb) PAHS-chuh-layt'
primordial  79   pri-MAWR-dee-uhl
São Paulo  83   saun-PAU-loo('), -loh(')
sauerkraut  81   SAU(-uh)R-kraut'
Schweitzer, (Albert)  83   SHWIT-suhr, SHVIT-
Shintoist(s)  74   SHIN-toh(')-ist
spontaneous  74   spahn-TAY-nee-uhs
Stoic(s)  74   STOH-ik


Chapter 6: An Ancient Creation Record—Can You Trust It?

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 WORD   PAGE   NW TRANSLATION   PHONETIC PRONUNCIATION 
algae  92   AL-jee(')
anthropologist(s)  95   an(t)'thruh-PAH-luh-jist
chloroplast(s)  96   KLOHR-uh-plast', KLAWR-
Hiroshima  88   hir'uh-SHEE-muh, heer'oh-SHEE-muh , huh-ROH-shuh-muh, hih-ROH-,
Lavoisier, Antoine-Laurent  88   luhv-WAH-zee-ay', ahn-TWAHN law-rahn;
lah-vwahz-YAY, ahn-TWAHN loh-RAHN:
la-vwa-ZYAY, ahn-TWAN loh-rahn
mitochondrial  98   mi'tuh-KAHN-dree-uhl, [not mit-uh-KRAHN-dee-uhl]
oceanographer  95   oh'shuh-NAH-gruh-fuhr
pastoral 101   PAS-t(uh-)ruhl
Rig-Veda  85   VAY-duh, VEE-duh
Sanskrit  85   SAN-skrit', SAN(T)-skruht


Chapter 7: What Can You Learn About the Creator From a Book?

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 WORD   PAGE   NW TRANSLATION   PHONETIC PRONUNCIATION 
alkali 106   AL-kuh-li'
Amoz 104 A'moz AY-moz*
Arimathea 109 Ar·i·ma·the'a air'uh-muh-THEE-uh*
Candace 109 Can·da'ce kan-DAY-see*
Cassius, Dio 107   KA-sh(ee-)uhs, KASH-uhs, di-oh
Chaldean 106 Chal·de'ans kal-DEE-uhn* [not chal-]
chrysolite 117 chrys'o·lite KRIS-uh-lit*, KRIH-suh-lit'
finale 112 finale fuh-NAL-ee, fi-NAH-lee
Gaza 109 Ga'za bib. GAY-zuh*, modern GAH-zuh, GA-zuh
ha·wah' 113 ha·wah' anc. Heb. hah-WAH, mod. Heb. hah-VAH
Jehovah 113 Jehovah jih-HOH-vuh*, [not jee-HOH-ver]
Lachish 115 La'chish LAY-kish*
onyx 117 onyx AH-niks, ON-iks
Parthian 106 Par'thi·ans PAHR-thee-uhn(z)*
Uzziah 104 Uz·zi'ah uh-ZI-uh* [not yoo-ZI-uh]
zoologist 116   zoh-AH-luh-jist, zuh-WAH-, [not zoo-]


Chapter 8: The Creator Reveals Himself—To Our Benefit!

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 WORD   PAGE   NW TRANSLATION   PHONETIC PRONUNCIATION 
Abishalom 140 A·bish'a·lom uh-BISH-ah-lahm*, -uh-luhm
Adaiah 140 A·dai'ah ay-DI-uh, uh-DI-ah*
annihilate 136 annihilate uh-NI-uh-layt'
anthropologist 121   an(t)'thruh-PAH-luh-jist
Ashtoreth 133 Ash'to·reth ASH-tuh-reth*, -reth'
Baal 133 Ba'al BAY-uhl*
Baal-zephon 125 Ba'al-ze'phon bay'uhl-ZEE-fon*
Bathsheba or Bath-sheba 137 Bath-she'ba bath-SHEE-buh*
Beer-sheba 123 Be'er-she'ba bee'uhr-SHEE-buh*, bir-SHEE-buh, ber-, buhr-
Bozkath 140 Boz'kath BOZ-kath, BOHZ-kath*
Canaan 131 Ca'naan KAY-nuhn*
cyclopedia, cyclopaedia 140   si'kluh-PEE-dee-uh
diamagnetic 126   di'uh-mag-NEH-tik
Ephraim 140 E'phra·im EE-fray-im*, -free-uhm, -fruhm [not EF-ray-im]
expository 140   ik-SPAH-zuh-tohr'ee, -tawr'
Habakkuk 141 Ha·bak'kuk huh-BAK-uhk* [not huh-BAK-uh]
Hosea 139 Ho·se'a hoh-SEE-uh* [w62 12/15 767], hoh-ZEE-uh [not hoh-ZAY-uh]
Japheth 121 Ja'pheth JAY-feth*, -fith, -fuhth [not JAY-pith]
Jedidah 140 Je·di'dah juh-DI-duh*, jih-
Jehoshaphat 140 Je·hosh'a·phat juh-HOSH-uh-fat*, jee-, jih [not juh-HOS-uh-fat, not jee-HOH-shuh-fat]
Maacah 140 Ma'a·cah MAY-uh-kah*, -kuh
Maaseiah 141 Ma·a·sei'ah mah-uh-SI-uh*, may'uh-SEE-yah
Manasseh 140 Ma·nas'seh ma-NAS-uh*, muh-, also -ee
Migdol 125 Mig'dol MIG-dol*
mythology, -ies 121   mih-THAH-luh-jee, -jees
Nephilim 121 Neph'i·lim NEF-ih-lim*, -uh-
Ophel 141 O'phel OH-fel*
peninsula 123   puh-NIN(T)-s(uh)-luh, -shuh-luh
Pharaoh 123 Phar'aoh FAIR-oh*, FAR-oh, FER-oh(') [also FAY-roh(')]
phenomenon 125   fih-NAH-muh-nahn', -nuhn
Philistine 138 Phi·lis'tine fih-LIS-teen'*, -tin, -tuhn
Pihahiroth 125 Pi·ha·hi'roth pi'huh-HI-roth*, -ruhth
Ramah 134 Ra'mah RAY-mah*, -muh [not RAH-muh]
Rehoboam 139 Re·ho·bo'am reh'huh-BOH-uhm*, ree'huh- [not ree'uh-, not ray'oh-]
Rephidim 120 Reph'i·dim REF-ih-dim*
Selah 137 Se'lah SEE-luh*, -lah
Sinai 120 Si'nai SI-ni(')* (also -nee-i')
Tiphsah 138 Tiph'sah TIF-suh*


Chapter 9: A Great Teacher Shows Us the Creator More Clearly

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 WORD   PAGE   NW TRANSLATION   PHONETIC PRONUNCIATION 
       
‘am-ha·’a'rets 150 ‘am-ha·’a'rets [Ezekiel 7:27 ftn.] ahm'hah-AHR-ets*, ahm-hah-EH-retz
Festus 144 Festus FES-tuhs*
finale 162 finale fuh-NA-lee, fih-NAH-lee
Gandhi, Mohandas 152   GAHN-dee, GAN-, moh'huhn-DAHS
Josephus 144   joh-SEE-fuhs
Koran 145   kuh-RAN, kuh-RAHN; KOHR-an', KAWR-an'
Lazarus 158 Laz'a·rus LAZ-uh-ruhs*, LAZ-ruhs
Montagu, (Ashley) 152   MAHN-tuh-gyoo'
Nazareth 144 Naz'a·reth NAZ-uh-ruhth [not NAZ-uh-ruhs]
Palestine 144   PAL-uh-stin(')
Sorbonne 150   sawr-BON, sawr-BUN
Theudas 144 Theu'das THYOO-duhs*, THOO-


Chapter 10: If the Creator Cares, Why So Much Suffering?

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 WORD   PAGE   NW TRANSLATION   PHONETIC PRONUNCIATION 
Chaldeans 172 Chal·de'ans kal-DEE-uhnz*
Eliphaz 172 El'i·phaz EL-uh-faz(')*, EL-ih-faz
infectious 165   in-FEK-shuhs
Karma 166   KAHR-muh
catechism 168   KAT-uh-kiz'uhm
Habakkuk 176 Ha·bak'kuk huh-BAK-uhk* [not huh-BAK-uh]
hemophilia 170   hee'muh-FIL-ee-uh, -FEEL-yuh
neuronal 182   NUR-uh-nuhl, NYUR-, nu-ROH-nuhl, nyu-
Suzuki, Daisetz T(eitaro) 167   soo-ZOO-kee, DI-sets tay-TAH-roh
thalassemia 176   thal'uh-SEE-mee-uh
Toynbee, (Arnold) 178   TOIN-bee


Chapter 11: Add Meaning to Your Life Permanently

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 WORD   PAGE   NW TRANSLATION   PHONETIC PRONUNCIATION 
Elihu 186 E·li'hu ih-LI-hoo*, -hyoo
Nehemiah 187 Ne·he·mi'ah nee'uh-MI-uh*, nee'huh-, nee'hih-
Weinberg, (Steven) 185   WIN-buhrg


KEY TO PHONETIC PRONUNCIATION

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LETTER   SOUND    LETTER   SOUND    LETTER   SOUND  
a at, cat, mat, snap ihr ear, fear p pat, peer
ah father, bother j join, jeer r rain, run
ahr lard, yard k kick, cat, pique s less, so
ai air, care, fair, prayer, there kh ch in Ger. ich, Buch sh sure, shy, machine
aw jaw, saw, all, caught ks vex t late, tie, toe
ay [long "a"] day, pay, obey, weigh kw quill th thin, thistle, ether, bath
b bug, cab l love, lily th, or th then, this, father, either, bathe
ch chew, chin, rich m mat, murmur ts tsetse
d did, do n no, not, own tw tweak, twin
e, eh bed, pet, peck ng finger, sing, ink u book, foot, put, pull, wood
ee [long "e"] beat, easy, seem, Eve o cot, hot, not uh [schwa] ago, alone, banana, linen
er error, ere oh [long "o"] bone, go, know, toe uhr bird, further, her
f cuff, fifty, fun oi boy, destroy v vivid, vow, eve
g big, gift, good oo boot, rule, youth, w away, weather
h ahead, hat, hot oor poor, ore, Moor y yard, young
hw when, whether, which or for, glory z raise, ease, zone, zipper
i [long "i"] tie, sky, side, buy, eye ou how, loud, now, out zh vision, azure, pleasure, rouge
i, ih it, tip, active xuh raised letters, barely pronounced xn raised n, pronounced with nasal passages open


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GUIDELINES FOR PHONETIC PRONUNCIATION IN THE KEY:

  1. The syllable with the heaviest stress is CAPITALIZED. Example: Jehovah = jih-HOH-vuh
  2. The syllable with the second heaviest stress is followed by an accent [ ' ] mark. Example: Areopagus = air'ee-OP-uh-guhs
  3. Optionally pronounced letters, syllables, or secondary accents are enclosed within ( parentheses ). Example: specie = SPEE-s(h)ee = either SPEE-shee or SPEE-see

GUIDELINES FOR PRONUNCIATION IN THE NW TRANSLATION:

  1. The accent mark follows the syllable on which major emphasis should be put in pronouncing the word.
  2. If the accented syllable ends in a vowel, the vowel is long in its pronunciation.
  3. If a syllable ends in a consonant, the vowel in that syllable is short in its pronunciation.
  4. When the two vowels a and ie are combined, as in Mor'de·cai and Si'nai, the ai is pronounced as a long i.
  5. The ch combination in names is pronounced hard, like k, except in Rachel, where ch is soft. Example: Chaldean = kal-DEE-uhn.

REFERENCES:

References for information about pronunciation in the New World Translation:

Sources for Phonetic Pronunciation(s):

All phonetic pronunciations are approximate. Some words have several "correct" or accepted pronunciations. Perhaps not all variations are included here. Consult your dictionaries or other sources for pronunciation.

The phonetic pronunciations that include a following asterisk* are those pronunciations that most closely match the audio pronunciations included on the Watchtower Library 2001 CD, © 2002 by the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania.

For pronunciation of other Bible words, see the Bible Words - Phonetic Pronunciation chart on betterdaysarecoming.com.

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