Do you have an issue with the word ‘issue’? 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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This word only has three sounds in it. It begins with the IH as in SIT vowel, so you need a little bit of jaw drop for that sound, IH, IH. Otherwise, it sounds too much like EE. IH, IH. My lips might start moving for the SH sound even as I’m making the IH sound. Ish-, ish-. To make the SH sound, the teeth come together and the lips flare. The tongue is lifting here, but it’s not actually touching the roof of the mouth. To finish, we have the OO as in BOO vowel, issue, issue, where the tongue will lift in the back. The tongue tip stays here, pressing behind the bottom of the front teeth, issue. And the lips will round. So they were flared, now they come in and round a little bit. Issue, issue.
It isn’t an issue.
Here it is in slow motion.
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That’s it, and thanks so much for using Rachel’s English.