How is the word “extempore” pronounced?

The word consists of four syllables and not three. The first syllable ‘ex’ sounds like the ‘ex’ in ‘expect’, ‘excite’, and ‘expel’. The following ‘e’ is like the ‘e’ in ‘test’, ‘pest’, and ‘best’; the ‘o’ is like the ‘a’ in ‘china’. The final ‘e’ is like the ‘i’ in ‘pit’, ‘bit’ and ‘sit’. The word is pronounced ‘extemperi’ with the stress on the second syllable. When you give a speech ‘extempore’, you give it without really preparing for it. It’s an impromptu speech, and it’s usually given without the help of any notes.

*You must be out of your mind if you think I’m going to speak extempore.

Source: “The Hindu”   – Know Your English  Column –  Feb 12, 2008

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