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“Stressed” and “Un-Stressed” Vowel Pronunciation

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Relax…  I don’t mean that kind of “Stress”.  I mean the the term, “Stress” — which refers to the amount of emphasis that is put on the different vowels of a word, when we pronounce them in The Common Tongue of the English Language.


(The Common Tongue is basically “American English”, with a little bit of “International Flavor” and a lot more “Common Sense” as far as Grammar) 😉


The video below is one that I recommend to (so-far)  every single one of my students, since the time that I first watched it.  The reason for this is that the speaker in the video explains how the spelling of English words, often, does not seem to match with the way that the word is pronounced.  And, to make matters worse, phonetic alphabets and diacritical marks are also imperfect…  (at least, in the way that they are traditionally used.)
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However, by using both a “Phonetic Spelling” & The Phonetic Alphabet in combination (as it is done on The GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! – Pronunciation Portal) — and then by listening to the word while reading it the way it is spelled — It becomes very easy to perfect your Common Tongue English Pronunciation.  You can see what I mean on The Pronunciation Portal.

But for now…


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Watch The Video To Learn All About Stressed & Un-Stressed Vowel Pronunciation

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A Quick Note

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There are just a few things that I disagree with, that I need to mention here, because it is vitally important to you learning English pronunciation without the difficulties that so many others have experienced.


  • At 1:35 –  she says that,  “…the vowel can sound like this…” and points to the schwa symbol:  ə – however, there are at least three different ways that the schwa can sound.  It does not always sound like “uh” (which is actually just a “short u” sound that has been cut very…  well, short)
  • At 1:38 – she says something which (though she probably doesn’t realize it) is the WORST thing that a teacher can EVER say to student!!!  She says, “That makes English really difficult actually.”  Which it is not…  It is easy.  You just have to have the right attitude and the right teacher 😉

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“Complex” Is NOT The Same As “Difficult”

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Telling a student that something is, “difficult” is complete Bə(ʌ)Lʃə(ɪ)[T]!!!…  And almost every teacher does it.  There is nothing “difficult” about learning English.  It is the same as learning anything else.  It may be “complex” – yes…  But there is nothing “difficult” about what she is saying.
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If you can make the sounds — then you can do anything that a  native speaker can do.  And once you learn the proper pronunciation — will probably be able to speak even better than most “Native Speakers”, who all learn very bad habits from TV, Movies, the other people who are not nearly as educated.
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There is nothing about what she is saying that is any different from any other language.  For many years, I have lived in a country where the Cyrillic alphabet is used — and in this alphabet, each letter is SUPPOSED to represent only one sound.  But when the “Natives” are speaking, they change the sounds, just like we do in English.  It’s same in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, German, etc…  In fact, this is probably true of EVERY language.


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So…

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Just remember…  You can do this…  You can learn proper pronunciation, grammar, use of prepositions, Stressed and Un-Stressed Vowel Pronunciation, etc..  In fact, You can do Anything!  And if you need a little motivation, just check this out.
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Also — don’t let my points about “difficulty” stop you from taking benefit from this video.  What the speaker is saying throughout the rest of the video is excellent information.  But, I will not tolerate, or abide, any teacher who tells his or her students that learning English is “Difficult” (or any other synonym of that word.)


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