Everybody should learn the word ‘every’. Learn how to practice this word by breaking it down sound by sound, knowing what’s stressed and what’s 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, we’re going to go over the pronunciation of the word ‘every’.
This week’s “word of the week” is ‘every’.
It’s a two syllable word with stress on the first syllable. DA-da, every.
It looks like it might be a three syllable word Ev-er-y but it’s not, only two syllables. Ev-ery.
It begins with the EH as in BED vowel. You can see we do need a good bit of jaw drop for that sound. eh, eh ehv.
Then we have the V consonant sound where the bottom lip will come up and make contact with the bottom of the top front teeth. Ever-. Then the lips will round to make the R sound and the tongue will pull back into the R position. So the tip of the tongue shouldn’t be touching anything. Ever-, r-. And we end with the EE as in SHE vowel.
Tongue tip down here, front part of the tongue stretching up towards the roof of the mouth.
Sometimes non-native speakers will take the ending unaccented EE sound and relax it too much. So it’s something more like. Eh, eh. This is especially true of people from Russia and Poland. Every, becomes ehvreh, eh.
So make sure you don’t relax too much, your tongue does need a lot of lift there up towards the roof of the mouth to get the EE sound and the corners of your lips may pull wide a little bit.
Every, every. We’re going to meet every other week.
That’s it your “word of the week”. If there is a word you would like to suggest for the “word of the week” put it in the comments below.
That’s it, and thanks so much for using Rachel’s English.