Diphthongs – IPA – Pronunciation – International Phonetic Alphabet

Rachel’s sound chart Take a look at these letters. They’re not always pronounced the same. Take for example the word ‘height’: here they are the ‘ai’ as in ‘buy’ diphthong. But in this word, weigh, they make the ‘ay’ as in ‘say’ diphthong sound. This is why the International Phonetic Alphabet does make it easier to study pronunciation. This particular video focuses on diphthongs. What is the International Phonetic Alphabet? It’s a system of phonetic notation, and I use it a lot on my website and when I teach students. I’ve also used it a lot when I’ve studied foreign languages. The IPA is especially handy when studying English because […]

American English Vowels – IPA – Pronunciation – International Phonetic Alphabet

Rachel’s sound chart Take a look at these letters. They’re not always pronounced the same. In the word ‘boo’, they have the ‘oo’ sound. In the word ‘blood’, they make the ‘uh’ as in ‘butter’ sound. And in the word ‘book’, they make the ‘uh’ as in ‘pull’ sound. This is why the International Phonetic Alphabet makes it easier to study the pronunciation of a foreign language. This video focuses on vowels. What is the International Phonetic Alphabet? It’s a system of phonetic notation, and I use it a lot on my website and when I teach students. I’ve also used it a lot when I’ve studied foreign languages. The […]

Listening Comprehension: 2 Syllable words

I’ve done some videos introducing the concept of word stress. That is in English, some syllables are higher in pitch and longer, they are stressed, and other syllables are lower in pitch and much shorter. They are unstressed. Today I’m going to go through series of two syllable words. In each word, one of the syllables is stressed, and one of them is unstressed.I want you to guess which, the first or the second, is the stressed syllable. Then you’ll be given the answer. About, about. About. The second syllable is stressed. Daughter, daughter. Daughter, it’s the first syllable that is stressed. Sleepy, sleepy. It’s the first syllable that is […]

How to Say DOWNLOAD — American English Pronunciation

In this American English pronunciation video, we’re going to go over the pronunciation of the word ‘download’. 이 미국식 영어 발음 비디오에서, 단어 ‘download’ 발음 방법을 살펴보겠습니다. This week’s Word of the Week is ‘download’. Thanks so much to the fan who suggested it. This is a two-syllable word with stress on the first syllable. DA-da, download. So the first syllable will be longer than the second. DA-da, download. 이번 주의 주 단어는 ‘download’입니다. 이것을 제안해 주신 팬에서 매우 감사드립니다. 이것은 첫 번째 음절에 강세가 있는 두 음절의 단어입니다. DA-da, download. 그래서 첫 음절이 두 번째 보다 더 길게 발음합니다. DA-da, download. We begin with the D consonant sound. Teeth […]

Intro to Word Stress: American English Pronunciation

If you’ve seen many of my videos, you’ve probably heard me refer to a syllable as being stressed or accented. Well, what does that mean? In American English, certain words have stress within a sentence, and certain syllables have stress within a word. And it is this stress that allows our ears to understand the meaning and also to pick up the important parts of the sentence. 나는 이전 비디오에서 강세가 있는 음절에 대해서 이야기 했습니다. 이것은 무엇을 말하는 것일까요? 미국식 영어에서 어떤 단어는 한 문장 안에 강세가 있고, 어떤 음절은 한 단어 안에 강세가 있습니다. 이것이 의미를 전달하는 강세 방법입니다. 또한 문장에서 중요한 부분을 전달하는 방법입니다. Let’s take for […]

How to Stress a Syllable :: The Shape of Stress

In this American English pronunciation video, we’re going to talk about the shape of a stressed syllable. 이 비디오에서는 강세가 있는 음절의 발음 방법에 대해서 알아봅니다. I’ve been talking a lot recently with my private students about the shape of stress. Stress isn’t simply a higher pitch and a lower pitch. Yes-ter-day. Da-da-da. But actually, there’s a swoop from one pitch to the next, so there’s always a gliding feeling. Yesterday. When my students are able to switch into this mode, it makes a world of difference. All of a sudden, the speech is much more natural, is much more American. This applies even to one-syllable words and one-syllable sentences. […]

English: A Stress-Timed Language (강세 박자 언어)

In this American English pronunciation video, we’re going to go over why some words sound different when they’re said on their own than they do when they’re said as part of a sentence, like ‘for’, ‘fer’. 이 비디오에서는 단어 자체를 발음할 때와 문장 속에서 그 단어를 발음할 때 왜 다르게 발음하는지 살펴보겠습니다. 예를 들어 ‘for’, ‘fer’와 같이. A lot of people think, when they’re studying a language and they’re new to it, that they need to pronounce each word fully and clearly in order to be well-understood. But in English that’s actually not the case. English is a stress-timed language. That means some syllables will be longer, and some will […]

Placement

In this American English pronunciation video, We’re going to talk about aa, aa, aa, and placement in American English. I’ve found myself talking about placement a lot recently in my online course, and with my private students. This is because placement can effect the quality of a vowel, the sound of a vowel. Take, for example, AH and UH. The difference in the tongue position, in the lip position, jaw position, is very subtle. The sound is effected as much by the placement as by the change in the mouth position. AH — I feel that vibrating more here in the mouth. Ah. But UH, uh, I feel that more […]

The Path of the Voice (음성의 경로)

In this American English pronunciation video, we’re going to study the path of the voice and placement. 이 미국식 영어 발음 비디오서는 음성의 경로 및 위치에 대해서 공부할 것입니다. One of the things I often talk about with my students is placement. I sometimes feel like their voice only comes from their head, and is placed very much so here, whereas my voice, when I speak English, rests more here. And I feel the placement a little lower. 학생들과 자주 토론하는 주제는 음성의 위치입니다. 내가 보기에 그들의 음성은 머리에서 나옵니다. 바로 여기입니다. 영어를 말할 때 내 음성은 여기에 더 많이 남아 있습니다. 위치는 조금 더 아래입니다. Let’s talk a little […]

R vs. W 발음 (Sounds)

이 비디오에서는 [w]와 [ɹ] 자음 발음의 차이점을 다룹니다. 많은 사람들이 R 자음 발음이 어려워 W로 발음합니다. 이를 교정해야 합니다. 이 두 소리는 어떻게 비슷한가요? 둘 다 이 소리는 입술이 둥글게됩니다. 우 우 wow. wow, wow. R, rr, Rachel, Rachel. 그러나 혀의 위치는 상당히 다릅니다. W 자음의 경우, 혀끝이 아래로 내려갑니다. 그리고 혀의 뒷부분이 위로 뻗어서 혀가 이쪽으로 뻗습니다. W w, wow. R 자음의 경우 혀의 뒷부분이 위로 입 천장의 중간 부분까지 올라가고, 혀의 앞 부분은 뒤로 당겨집니다. 그래서, W는 혀를 뻗지만, R은 혀를 약간 올립니다. 그래서, 혀의 앞부분은 아무 것도 닿지 않습니다. 혀의 중간 부분은 올라갑니다. 여기까지 올립니다. 입천장 또는 치아의 안쪽 / 아래쪽에 닿습니다. Rr, rr. 그래서 W는 뻗고, […]