‘Interview’ is a word where you can drop the T because it comes after an N. 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 ‘interview’.
This week’s Word of the Week is ‘interview’. The first thing I want to talk about is the T. When the T comes after the N, it can be dropped. So, ‘interview’ can be ‘innerview’, innerview, with no T sound. A few other examples: the word ‘center’ can be ‘cenner’, and the word ‘internet’ can be ‘innernet’.
This is a three-syllable word, and the first syllable is stressed. It begins with the IH as in SIT vowel, ih, ih. So you’ll want to drop your jaw a little bit, the tip of the tongue stays here, while the front part of the tongue reaches up towards the roof of the mouth. The corners of the lips should stay relaxed, ih, ih, in-. Then we have the N consonant sound, so the tongue tip goes up to the roof of the mouth. Inner-, inner-, then you will pull the tongue back for the R sound: inner, inner, inner. If you want to make the T: inttt-, bring your teeth together and stop the air with a quick release to make the True T sound before pulling the tongue back for the R. Inner, inter. The last syllable has the V consonant sound, vv, yy, the Y consonant sound, and the OO vowel, -view, -view. So make sure your bottom lip comes up and makes contact with the bottom of the top teeth for the V sound. VV, vv, -view, -view. Interview, interview. Again, stress on the first syllable. DA-da-da, DA-da-da. Interview. Interview. I have an interview tomorrow.
That’s it, your Word of the Week. Try it out yourself. Make up a sentence with the word, record it, and post it as a video response to this video on YouTube. I can’t wait to watch it.
That’s it, and thanks so much for using Rachel’s English.