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English is full of idioms. I made this video on a sweltering day in Manhattan, where I all I could think about was how hot it was!
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In this American English pronunciation video, I’m going to complain about how hot it is in New York.Summer in New York is great for things like grilling. But it’s also known for being hot, hot, hot. Sometimes entirely too hot. We’ve had lots of days this month, July, that were very hot. Over ninety. Not surprising. So, I’m going to teach you some idioms and some creative ways to say it’s really hot!!Hot as Hades, or hot as hell. Now, be careful when using hell, it is a mild cuss word, but it is considered a cuss word. So you don’t want to say it in front of people that might be offended. The T in ‘hot’ comes between two vowels here when we connect it to the next word. So, that’s going to be a flap T. Hot as, hot as. You’ll notice I’m not saying ‘as’. I’m reducing the AA vowel to the schwa. -duz, -duz, -duz, hot as, hot as. Hades begins with the H consonant, has the ‘ay’ as in ‘say’ diphthong, Ha-, Ha-, then the D consonant, ee vowel, Z sound. Hades, Hades. Stress on the first syllable, so that should have more shape, whereas -des, -des, -des should be flatter and lower in pitch. Hot as Hades.
Or, hot as hell. Hell with the H consonant, the EH vowel, and the dark L. Hell, hell. Now, being a stressed syllable, this word should have some shape: hell, hell, hell. Hot as hell.
One phrase my Mom likes to use is ‘hotter than blazes’. Hotter than blazes. So, the word ‘than’ here is being reduced just to the N consonant sound: hottern, hottern, hottern. Now the T in ‘hot’, turned into a flap T, or a D sound, because it’s coming between two vowels: hotter, hottern, hottern, hotter than blazes. Blazes with the BL consonant cluster, the ‘ay’ as in ‘say’ diphthong, and then Z, I, Z: -zes, -zes, -zes. Hotter than blazes.
You can also say it’s a scorcher. Scorcher: with the SK consonant cluster, sk, sk. The ‘aw’ as in ‘law’ vowel followed by the R consonant, scor-, scor-, and the second, unstressed syllable, the ch CH sound, schwa, R sound: -cher, -cher, -cher. Scorcher.
You can also say it’s so hot, you could fry an egg on the sidewalk. Should I try it? I don’t think I will. Just seems like it might be kind of messy.
There are also words you can use to show quantity. It’s not just hot, it’s really hot. Or you can, it’s ridiculously hot. Or, it’s super hot. Or, in Boston / New England, you might hear: it’s wicked hot.
So, when it’s the middle of July, and the end of summer seems very far away, and you’re already tired of the heat, you’re lucky that you have these phrases that you can use that are much more colorful than simply it’s hot to express your frustration. It’s hot as hell. It’s hotter than blazes. That’s it, and thanks so much for using Rachel’s English.
It’s hot as hell. It’s hotter than blazes. Sirens are always ruining my take.
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