“It’s time to go!” “We’re going to be late!” When someone needs you go get going, respond with “I’m coming!” Learn how to say this phrase comfortably in conversational English: what words or syllables to reduce, how to link everything together, and the melodic shape of the phrase.
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In this American English pronunciation video, we’re going to go over the pronunciation of the phrase “I’m coming.”
This is a three-syllable phrase, with stress on the second syllable. See my video on three-syllable phrases, click here or in the video description.
I’m coming, da-DA-da. So the syllable ‘com-‘ will have the shape of a stressed syllable, where the voice will go up a little, then come down in pitch. Com-, com-. Coming. The other two syllables will be very short. In fact, we might take the contraction ‘I’m’, and just say an M sound. >> Rachel, hurry up! >> m’coming! M’coming, with a very quick first syllable. Your lips have to be together for the M consonant. Mm, mm. You can have the back part of your tongue touching the soft palate for the K sound already as you make it. Mm, mm, mm-kk. To make the K sound in ‘coming’, part your lips and pull the tongue away from the soft palate. Mm-kk, mm-kk. Then we have the UH as in BUTTER sound, where the jaw will drop a little bit, but the tongue and lips should be relaxed. Then the lips go together again for the M sound. I’m com-, mm. They part and the jaw will drop just a bit for the IH vowel, then the back of the tongue will lift to the lowered soft palate to make the NG sound, –Ming, -ming. I’m coming. Or, with just the M, m’coming. Let’s watch one more time in slow motion. This video is part of a series. Click here to see other videos just like it. If you have a phrase you’d like to suggest for this series, please put it in the comments.
That’s it, and thanks so much for using Rachel’s English.