hey what’s up Stefanie the English
coach here from EnglishFullTime.com in this video we are gonna talk about
five sounds that you need to master if you’re studying American English now we
all know that you have to master all the sounds if you really want to sound
natural and native like but in this video I’m just gonna go over five
because if not this would be a course not a video and speaking of course I am
working on a complete pronunciation course for you guys it will be ready
later this year if you want to be the first to know about it go ahead and sign
up on my website EnglishFullTime.com now before I demonstrate these sounds
for you I just want to give you one quick pronunciation tip when you are
studying a sound in a foreign language don’t worry about practicing that sound
in multiple different words choose one word where the sound occurs and work on
that word until you have mastered the sound it makes the learning process so
much easier so much simpler this is exactly what I do when I am mastering
sounds in different languages or in different accents I choose one word
where the sound occurs and I work on that word until I get the sound down
perfectly and then it’s really easy I can use that sound in all the other
places that it occurs because I’ve already mastered it okay so with that
said we have five sounds that we’re gonna go over in this video and I’m
gonna demonstrate that sound using one word that I have chosen I’m not gonna
demonstrate it with a bunch of different words because I just want you to
practice this one word okay so the first sound is the dark L the dark L now you
may have heard of this before the dark L and the light L I actually don’t like
these terms for it I would rather call it the front L and
the back L the front L or the light L is the L in the word light light okay the
tip of your tongue touches right behind your top teeth
l l l light light okay however with the dark L there’s no contact I don’t touch
the tip of my tongue to the roof of my mouth or the back of my teeth at all
okay help help help this word has a dark L in
it it’s H E L P that L is a dark L okay help now if I isolate just the e sound
and the dark L it sounds like l l l do you see how my tongue is staying down
now granted some people make this sound a little bit differently some people
might say help with the tongue between their teeth or help with the tongue
behind their teeth okay at the end of the day how you make the sound is not
nearly as important as making the sound accurately okay you want to make the
sound accurately so if it’s easier for you to say help and put your tongue
between your teeth then you can do that by all means that is okay but again you
want to make sure that the sound is accurate okay now how do I classify this
sound I actually classify the dark L as an O like sound okay it’s like the
Spanish o o o that’s the Spanish o okay but the sound is a little bit
further back in your throat and you say o o o so it’s very similar in my
mind at least to the Spanish O o but it’s made further back in your throat o
o okay so work on that word help help l l l help the next sound that we have is
the A as in cat cat okay now I’m going to exaggerate this sound for you because
I really want to get this sound stuck in your head a a do you see how I’m
really dropping my jaw I’m opening my mouth a a a Cat Cat now you need to
think of imitating the sound right say it exactly as I say it you want to get
the tone right you want to get the quality of the sound right you want it
to sound exactly like me cat a a a a now after you practice the
sound and you exaggerate it then you want to work on toning it down and
making it natural because if you ask somebody hey did you see that cat and
you really exaggerate and open your mouth etc it’s kind of awkward so just
say cat cat cat where is the cat did you see the cat so again we
exaggerate sounds when we’re practicing them but then in order to make it sound
natural we have to tone it down a lot the next two sounds were gonna work on
our are controlled vowels okay there are several of these in English but we’re
gonna work on the AR sound as in star AR okay so it starts as a a and it ends in r
AR star now here’s a trick when you do this if you plug your nose like this you
should not feel any vibration on the R sound star star your nose should not be
vibrating if it is vibrating then you’re making the sound incorrectly star star
star now let’s talk about the R sound because this is really difficult for a
lot of you okay so the tongue pulls back in the mouth the sides of the tongue go
against the top teeth okay and the tip of the tongue curls up to the roof of
your mouth but it does not touch the roof of your mouth star so you should
see that my tongue is really going up this sound if you don’t have it in your
native language which most people don’t it’s very difficult because it’s gonna
make your tongue tired in the beginning when you’re practicing it because you
know you’re really gonna have to move that tongue up there but just keep
practicing it will get a lot easier whatever you do make sure that the tip
of your tongue does not touch the roof of your mouth okay because then you
might roll your R and you might say star okay
and we do want that that rolled R or trilled R is
not found anywhere in the English language at least in American English
it’s so foreign that many native English speakers have trouble even making the
rolled R sound and going my sister didn’t know how to do that for most of
her life and she only figured it out a few years ago okay so don’t roll your R
if you are doing that it’s because the tip of your tongue is touching the roof
of your mouth make sure it doesn’t touch and you won’t roll your R okay the next
sound is OR as in more okay so o o or more or or again do the nose test okay
squeeze your nose make sure no air is coming out of it and then see if it
vibrates if it vibrates you’re doing it wrong if it doesn’t vibrate you’re
probably doing it right or okay the must sound definitely vibrates because the M
is a nasal is a nasal consonant so it’s gonna vibrate so don’t test it with that
I did it and I just felt it vibrate say ore and plug your nose or or you
shouldn’t feel any vibration if you say more and you do that then you’ll feel
the vibration on the M but then it should stop okay that’s how you know
you’re making it right or one of the ways you can know okay the next sound is
the flap T now the flap T occurs a lot in American English and it’s commonly
found between two vowels the word I want you to practice with is bottle bottle
now I made sure this word also has the dark L so that you can practice the dark
L also remember it’s that all sound all all bottle bottle bottle even if I slow
this word down bottle the flap T is still fast this is a very fast sound
because it’s like a flap it’s like imagined win
down on my hand and then my hand flaps back okay it flaps like that so that is
what the flap T is it’s just a really quick sound the tip of your tongue is
quickly touching the roof of your mouth bottle bottle now some people think of
the flap T as a very fast and light D if that helps you then by all means you can
think of it that way another way to think of this if you
speak Spanish is it’s like the Spanish are the light r not the rr okay but
the one that’s very quick and where your tongue doesn’t roll like in the word
cara okay which means face cara or expensive that
also means expensive okay so these are the five sounds that I wanted to
demonstrate in this video go ahead and give this video a thumbs up if you liked
it let me know if this is helpful because I can definitely make more
videos like this explaining different sounds getting deeper into them
demonstrating them etc also if you really want to improve your
pronunciation reduce your accent and I don’t know maybe sound more like a
native speaker from the USA or sound more like me then I highly recommend you
download the guide that I’m gonna link in the description it is the official
IPA guide for English Full:Time now I created this guide it was so much work
and the reason is because the international phonetic alphabet actually
for those of you who don’t know the international phonetic alphabet makes
studying pronunciation a little bit easier because it’s an alphabet where
one symbol represents one sound so it makes it a lot easier to study
pronunciation in English as you know one sound can be spelled so many different
ways so learning the international phonetic alphabet can help you know how
something should be pronounced with that said the international phonetic alphabet
is a tool that linguists and teachers interpret differently around the world
so there’s no standardized phonetic alphabet and this makes it difficult to
use because if everybody is using something a little bit differently how
are you really gonna know how something should be pronounced right so I have
done all the research I watched so many videos I studied so many websites
and books just learning how people interpret this alphabet differently and
then I interpreted it for you guys based on one American English and two
specifically how I speak okay so this is what I’m gonna be teaching everyone in
my upcoming pronunciation course as well how to speak the way I speak and master
one specific dialect of American English so you can speak clearly confidently and
with accurate pronunciation so this guide is free for you and it includes a
26 minute audio lesson where I demonstrate each of the sounds and I
give you more information about improving your pronunciation and stuff
like that okay so again it’s linked in the
description I really hope you enjoyed this video I hope you learned something
and I will see you in the next one bye hey what’s up Stefanie the English
coach here from English full ugh what Where was I? I have five words each word there’s one word
per sound hmm the tip of your tongue touches right behind your back the the
tip of your tongue touches right behind your top teeth again you don’t need to
practice multiple words in and each sound is
related yeah it’s like wind it’s like imagine something okay how do I explain
this because it’s an alphabet where each sound sym because it’s an alphabet
where each symbol represents because it’s an alphabet where one symbol
represents one sound