Is it pronounce or pronunciation?

Can you pronounce pronunciation? Learn how to practice this word by breaking it down sound by sound, knowing whats stressed and whats not. Then put it all together to feel confiden

Is it pronounce or pronunciation?

Can you pronounce pronunciation? Learn how to practice this word by breaking it down sound by sound, knowing whats stressed and whats not. Then put it all together to feel confident using this word in American English conversation.

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In this American English pronunciation video, were going to go over the pronunciation of the word pronunciation.

This weeks Word of the Week is pronunciation. Pronunciation is a noun, and sometimes people will mix up the pronunciation between this and the verb pronounce. Pronounce, pronun-. So the second syllable should have the UH vowel and not the OW diphthong. Its a five-syllable word with a secondary stress on the second syllable and primary stress on the fourth syllable. Pro-nun-ci-a-tion. Pronunciation.

It begins with the PR consonant cluster, so the lips are together, pr-, and the tongue is in position for the R, pr-, pr-, pronun-. We have the schwa in that first, unstressed syllable. Then the next syllable, with secondary stress, we have the N consonant sound. So the tongue will lift, and touch the roof of the mouth here, pronun-. Then we have the UH as in BUTTER sound. Everything is relaxed. The tongue isnt engaged, the lips arent engaged. The jaw drops a bit. Pronun-, pronun-. To finish the syllable, the tongue comes back up to the roof of the mouth for another N. Pronun-. Then we have another unstressed syllable: -si-, -si-, -si-. The S consonant sound and the EE as in SHE vowel. Pronunci-, pronunci-. Now we have the primarily stressed syllable: pronuncia-. It has the AY as in SAY diphthong. The jaw does need to drop a good bit for that sound. Pronunciation. Then we have the SH, schwa, N unstressed final syllable. -tion, -tion. It will be very fast. -tion, -tion. And you dont need to worry about making a separate schwa sound. The N takes over the schwa sound a bit. -tion, -tion. Pronunciation. Pronunciation.

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