Summer Vacation: American English pronunciation

Summer Vacation: American English pronunciation

In this American English pronunciation video,
you’re going to come on vacation with me and my family, where we play games, water ski,
and go to the beach. We’ll also study some American English pronunciation by taking a
look at various reductions, and linking consonant to vowel. This is my uncle Frank
>>Hey! Uncle Frank brings his boat every year so
that we can try skiing. Did you notice the reductions of the word ‘that’
and ‘can’? These two function words will often reduce. ‘That’ becomes thut, with either a
flap or a stop T, depending on the next sound. And ‘can’, when not the main verb in the sentence,
becomes kn, kn. So that we can. So that we can. So that we can try skiing. ‘Try’ and
‘skiing’, the two content words in this sentence, are clearly much longer than ‘so that we can’.
[3x] These four function words are low in pitch and very fast. Listen again. So that we can try skiing. [3x]
Sure appreciate that uncle Frank.>>Well, I’m glad to bring it.
Glad to bring it. Here, Frank reduced the word ‘to’ to the flap T and the schwa sound: de
de, de, glad de, Glad to bring it. Listen again.>>Well, I’m glad to bring it. [3x] This boat
is 17 years old, and I was beginning to wonder earlier in the week if I was going to bring
it back again. Here Frank reduced the phrase ‘going to’ to
‘gonna’. A very common reduction in American English. If I was going to bring it back,
gonna, gonna. If I was going to bring it back. Listen again.>>I was beginning to wonder earlier in the
week if I was going to bring it back again, [3x] but it seems like people are still kind
of interested in skiing, so.>>We love it. Love it. Did you hear how I connected the
V sound to the word it? One of the easiest ways to link in American English pronunciation,
is the case when one word ends in a consonant and the next word begins with a vowel or diphthong.
You can practice the connection between words by putting the ending consonant on the next
word: vit, vit, vit, love it, love it, love it. This will help to eliminate gaps between
words. In American English, we want to link all the words in one thought group. Listen
again.>>We love it. [3x]
>>We’ll see if it’ll go a couple more years.>>Yep. I hope it does.>>So Jace, you going to go skiing today?
Another ‘gonna’.>>You going to go skiing today? [3x]>>Yeah, I am.
>>Have you been before?>>No.
>>This is the first year.>>Yup.
>>Are you nervous?>>Mmm, a little. Yeah.
>>It might take a couple tries, so don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t happen right
away. Right away. Did you notice how I linked the
ending T of ‘right’ to the beginning vowel sound of ‘away’. This means that the T comes
between two vowels, so it becomes a flap T, or, a D sound. So, ‘right away’ sounds just
like ‘ride away’. Listen again.>>If it doesn’t happen right away. [3x]
>>Ok, ok, ok. Ok.>>Meg, are you going to try skiing?
Another ‘gonna’. Also notice, I’ve reduced the word ‘are’ to er, er, er. Listen again.>>Meg, are you going to try skiing? [3x]
>>I don’t think so. I tried it when I was ten, and I was traumatized because I felt,
and it hurt.>>Oh, yeah.
>>So, I think I’m just going to stick to a bystander.
>>Haley, have you skiied before?>>I’ve done sit skiing before, when I was,
like, six.>>Wait, yeah, what is that? What is. Just like with ‘right away’, we’re
connecting the ending T in ‘what’ to the beginning vowel of the word ‘is’. So the T turns into a flap
T, or D sound. What is, what is. Listen again.>>What is that? [3x]
>>It’s got the skis>>Yeah?
>>And there’s a chair in the middle and you just sit.
>>I’ve never even heard of that. Heard of. Another linking consonant to vowel
heard of, heard of. Notice that I am reducing the word ‘of’ to the schwa-V sound: uv, uv,
duv, duv, heard of.>>I’ve never even heard of that. [3x]
>>I haven’t either.>>I’ve done it. Done it. Another great example of linking
ending consonant to beginning vowel. Done it, done it.>>I’ve done it. [3x] So, I’m nervous to do this.
>>I think you’ll be just fine.>>I think so too. I’m ready. Here, Haley reduced the contraction ‘I’m’,
to simply the M consonant. I’m ready. Of course, with that reduction, she linked it to the
next word, mmready. Listen again.>>I’m ready. [3x] This is my cousin Brooke.
>>Brooke, how are you enjoying your vacation?>>I’m having a great time on my vacation.
It’s a lot of fun.>>What’s the highlight of your vacation so
far?>>I think the highlight of vacation so far
is spending time with you, Rachel.>>Oh. That’s so sweet.>>Ani, did you make that necklace?
>>Yeah.>>Can you hold it up for me? Another reduction of ‘can’: kn, can you, can
you.>>Can you hold it up for me? [3x]
>>This?>>Yeah. It’s really pretty. It’s really pretty. A reduction of ‘it’s’
to the TS sound. It’s really, it’s really.>>It’s really pretty. [3x]
>>Where’d you make that?>>At the craft shop.
>>The craft shop? Let me see? Have you ever heard someone say ‘lemme’? I’ve
dropped the T in ‘let’, and connected it to ‘me’. Let me, let me, let me see that.>>Let me see? [3x]
>>What’s it say?>>Giggle. Giggle.
>>Giggle? Oh, it does say giggle. That’s a hard word. It has those gg sounds, and a
dark L. Giggle.>>Hey Brad.
>>What are you doing? Doing some advertising?>>We’re doing a little advertising, yeah.
>>Hey, Rach, I love that shirt. Where did you get that?
>>Well, I made it. Made it. Linking ending consonant to beginning
vowel. Made it.>>Well, I made it. [3x]
>>Oh, now, what is this?>>It says ‘I love English’ in the International
Phonetic Alphabet.>>Oh my gosh, that’s so great. Where can
I get one?>>Actually, you can get one right here.
>>!>>Yeah, do you want to be on my website,
Brad? Wanna. Here, I use the ‘wanna’ reduction for
‘want to’. Do you wanna.>>Yeah, do you want to be on my website,
Brad? [3x] >>Kinda. Kinda. Here, Brad reduced ‘kind of’ to kinda.
So the word ‘of’ is pronounced with just the schwa, no consonant sound. Kinda.>>Kinda. [3x]
>>Ok! This is my cousin Brad.>>Hi!
>>Brad, B-R-A-D, it has the ‘aa’ as in ‘bat’ vowel. And remember, cousin: spelled with
an S, pronounced, zz, like a Z. Now, it’s game time. Here, we’ll all tell
the score keeper if we made our bet or not. Made it. Listen for how we all link those
two words together, made it, no gap.>>K, who made it?
>>I made it.>>Roberta.
>>I made it.>>Rachel.
>>I made it.>>Made it.>>Made it.
>>Yes, I also made it.>>Uncle Dale, did you make that fire?
>>I helped with it, yeah.>>It’s a nice-looking fire.
>>Well thanks.>>Hey everybody, this is my uncle Dale. He
lives in Texas.>>Houston, Texas. I hope that even with just these few snippets
of conversation, you’ve learned a bit about linking consonant to vowel and reductions.
They’re an important part to the smoothness and the rhythm of American English. And as
you can see, they’re used all the time in conversation. Special thanks to my family
for letting me video tape our vacation, and if you didn’t get enough, don’t worry. We’re
all getting together again at Christmas. That’s it, and thanks so much
for using Rachel’s English.



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100 Replies to “Summer Vacation: American English pronunciation”

  1. Good video and nice family, congratulations. It really helps my pronunciation and over all my lack of fluency in English. Especially I like the repetition of the words and your explanations. Thanks a lot.

  2. Hi Rachel, im just confused.. in the sentence 'how can i help you?' the word CAN pronounce as 'kn' right? and in your other example 'so that we can try skiing' the word can pronounce like 'kan' with american A sound. Why is it like that? isnt it possible to speak 'CAN' with american accent in the sentence 'how can i help you?'

  3. hello rachel l'm from Peru I have been seeing many English channels and your channel is the most interesting. 
    I would like you teach classes by type,such things in the living room, kitchen, meals, drinks and also the vervos past, present and futur, as pronounced each thank you thanks for your answer.

  4. If someone want to practice english by video chat, this is my skype: henvascr
    I´ll be more than happy if someone responds 😀

  5. Hi Rachel … Your videos is good a lot. Tomorrow I will start the college of Internacional Relations and I love English because is very easy to understand, for me is much better than french . I would like that you speak french too , this form you could to teach this one.

  6. Rachel! Your video is very helpful and so fun, and your family looks so nice! I'm gonna keep watch this channel.
    Let me change your Japanese in a more natural way.
    "話されているアメリカ英語を向上させる" should be changed to "アメリカ英語の話し言葉のアクセントを向上させる."
    Thanks for your great work!

  7. thank you very much for the video! i helps me much, and i really need to practice the -th sound, what kind of exercices could i do?

  8. Hi Rachel!
    Your videos are so great and very helpful!
    Have you planned to make a video about the words ending in -ity, like opportunity/community/etc?
    Thanks so much! 🙂

  9. Rachel, this kind of videos are the best, mainly when you repeat three or four times tha same contraction. It is very important for us this repetitions in middle of the speaking.You are great.  Thanks

  10. you're english lesson rechel's are awesome I enjoying a lot . I would like to travel to the united states for practice my english skills , I've been studying about 6 years of english I love this language grettings from santiago chile south america the last part of the world =) =)

  11. Thanks Rachel for all videos you posted, I am a kinda confused when linking z+th such as (what is that). it is possible to link z to that and omit Th. I heard many times there seem to be no that in such sentences like that: eg: how is that?; how was the vacation?,

  12. thank u so much! this is the best way to improve my English listening! really helpful for listening!

  13. Just perfect! Keep on the excellent work! It surely is of great help for those who want to learn English as it is spoken in America.

  14. hye Rachel
    it's been an year watching your videos and let me tell you "i love your videos specially vacation videos made outside with your family and friends. I'M learning pretty fas,Thanks to you. You are a great teacher.

  15. Raechal what do you meant by Bystander, traumatized?

    Could you please tell me what it is? Or where do we use those words?

  16. I've always been interested in English pronunciation but I've just realised how it really important is to understand native speakers. Learning English pronunciation is an endless journey, I guess

  17. Hi Rachel, thank you so much for taking your time to make these valuable videos. They’re so helpful!! And if you could help me how to pronounce the word ” taught "would be good.

  18. wow great lesson, I have a goal ,, I need to improve my english before december for getting a job,,  I really appreciate these lessons ,,, Regards from Costa Rica

  19. Rachel, such an awesome video of your family and how to help people like me to improve our accents by following your advise. Incredible class, and really want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. This is something I was looking for so many years to talk and sound like an American. Thumbs up, and thank your family for sharing with you those great shots. Saludos.

  20. getting back to 6'38'', there is one sence hitting me of the hand-made shirt which seems truly awesome, i do love it, how can i get if i am gonna own one just like you are wearring, your earlist conversation is better thing than i am rolling on

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