English has eleven different vowels. It’s important to know the correct mouth position so you can get the vowel right: study this vowel with illustrations and up close, slow motion speech. Sample words: Red, never, embrace, enter, embody, desk.
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In this American English pronunciation video, we’re going to learn how to pronounce the EH as in BED vowel.
To make this sound, the jaw drops, eh, and the tongue remains forward with the tip touching lightly behind the bottom front teeth. Eh.
The mid/front part of the tongue lifts a little bit towards the roof of the mouth while the back of the tongue feels like it stretches wide.
Eh. In a stressed syllable, the voice has a little curve up, then curve down. Eh, eh. It’s stressed in the word ‘said’. Let’s watch up close and in slow motion.
The jaw drops. The tongue tip touches the back of the bottom front teeth, and the middle part arches up towards the roof of the mouth.
Said, eh, said. In an unstressed syllable, the vowel is lower and flatter in pitch, as well as quieter and quicker, eh, eh. The vowel is unstressed in the word ‘employ’, eh. Let’s take a look up close and in slow motion.
Relaxed jaw drop. The middle part of the tongue arches up towards the roof of the mouth. Here we compare the stressed EH from ‘said’, on top, with the unstressed version from ‘employ’ on the bottom. Notice the jaw drops more for the stressed version of this vowel. Because the unstressed version of the vowel is shorter, there isn’t enough time to make the full jaw drop.
EH stressed: said, EH
EH unstressed: employ, eh
EH, eh. EH, eh.
Example words. Repeat with me:
Red, never, embrace, enter, embody, desk.
I hope this video helps you understand this sound. That’s it, and thanks so much for using Rachel’s English.