This is a really important word! 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 ‘really’.
This week’s word of the week is ‘really’. This is a two syllable word with stress on the first syllable. DA-da, really.
Another acceptable pronunciation is to make this a three syllable word re-a-lly where you add a middle syllable the schwa. Re-ally, re-a-lly.
It begins with the R consonant sound as the beginning R you will have quite a bit of rounding in the lips. r, r. And your tongue will pull back and up for that R position, r. Tongue tip shouldn’t be touching anything. The vowel in this syllable is the EE as in SHE vowel, rea-. So your tongue will come forward so the tip will press behind the teeth here. And the front part of the tongue will stretch up towards the roof of the mouth, rea-. The corners of the lips may pull a little wide. rea-.
The second syllable begins with the L consonant sound, so the tongue tip will come to the roof of the mouth, real-.
Then we have again the EE as in SHE vowel. So tongue tip down, front part stretching towards roof of the mouth and the corners pulling wide. Really, really.
You will hear some native speakers make the first vowel sound, the IH as in SIT vowel, relaxing the EE as in SHE, rea-lly, rea-lly I know I myself do that sometimes, really, really. I really like that movie. I really like that movie.
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.