Considering all the letters, letter-combinations, & words in The English Language — and since The Letter “A” is the first letter in The English Alphabet — this seems like a logical place to start… So let’s get to it! 😀
In the video below, “Rachel” demonstrates the many different pronunciations of The Letter “A” in The Common Tongue of The English Language. In some of the examples — you will see & hear that The Letter “A” is actually pronounced like a completely different vowel!
. However — these different pronunciations are not necessarily different pronunciations of The Letter “A”, by itself — but are merely demonstrations of how The Letter “A” is pronounced when it is used in different words.
(Click The Times To See The Drop-Down Notes)
So, after all of that — you might be asking yourself…
That’s A Good Question…
It is because most of what Rachel says in her videos is, overall, excellent information — specifically when she demonstrates how to actually make the sounds with one’s mouth, tongue, throat, and voice. I only aim to clarify, EVEN MORE, the good information that she presents, so that it is more useful for everyone.
One of those things I feel needs clarification is that she never uses the traditional terms which represent all of the different sounds that she talks about. So I am endeavoring to eliminate any confusion for those who have already learned this terminology — but then watch her videos and are curious about why she never uses them.
I can only assume that she does this for the same reasons that I stated above… that the system for naming these sounds is an imperfect system. But one needs to at least be able to see where the problems are, in order to avoid them, and ultimately overcome them.
Have An Excellent Day!