Learn the pronunciation of colors while visiting the colorful Keukenhof gardens in The Netherlands.
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This American English pronunciation video comes to you from Keukenhof in the Netherlands. As we look at the beautiful tulips in Keukenhof Gardens, we’ll study some colors.
>> Sara, it’s so fun visiting the Netherlands with you.
>> I know! It’s great.
>> Now, I thought in this video, since we’re at the flower garden, we can talk about the colors. And I’ll go over the pronunciation. What are you seeing here in this bed?
>> So, here there is red, and white, and yellow, and, it’s hard to see, but there’s a little bit of purple.
>> And a little bit of purple too.
Red, white, yellow, purple. Colors are adjectives, which are content words. Nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs are content words. This generally means they should be stressed, or, longer in a sentence.
So, we want to say ‘red’, not ‘red’. The red one. Red, which is the only stressed word in this sentence, should be noticeably longer than ‘the’ and ‘one’. The red one. The red one. ‘Red’ has the R consonant, the EH as in BED vowel, and the D sound. Red. R is a difficult sound. You should be able to hold it out. Rrrrrr. If it’s at the beginning of a word, the lips will really round a lot. Let’s take a look at Sara saying this word.
>> Red. [3x]
Even though Sara is in profile, you can still tell how much her lips are rounding for that beginning R. Rr.
>> Red. [3x] And white.
White. This is also a one-syllable adjective. So, just like ‘red’, it should stand out in a sentence, being longer than the unstressed words. It begins with the W consonant. Just like the beginning R, the lips come into a tight circle for that. Next is the AI as in BUY diphthong. You’ll need to drop your jaw some for this sound. ‘White’ ends with a T. Sara chose to make that a True T sound. White. You’ll also hear many native speakers make it a Stop T. ‘White’ instead of ‘white’. Let’s listen to Sara again.
>> And white [3x], and yellow. And, it’s hard to see, but there’s a little bit of purple.
Yellow, purple. These are two-syllable words. There is one stressed, and one unstressed syllable each: yellow, purple. Can you tell, which syllable is stressed? Yellow, yell-ow. Purple, pur-ple. They both have stress on the first syllable. DA-da, yellow, purple. What does is mean when a stressed word, a content words, has an unstressed syllable? Well, even though it’s a stressed word, the unstressed syllables should still be very short: -ow, -ow, yellow. -ple, -ple, purple. Listen for how the first syllable in these words is longer than the second syllable.
>> And yellow. [3x] And, it’s hard to see but there’s a little bit of purple. [3x]
>> A little bit of purple, too. Here we have a gardener.
>> … These are for you.
>> Thank you!
>> Oh wow. That’s so nice!
>> Yeah. You got a good picture?
>> Thank you!
>> The Netherlands just got better.
>> Yellow and orange.
Orange. Another two-syllable word with stress on the first syllable. Orange. [3x]
>> So here in this bed, there’s some pink. Also some peach.
Pink, peach. Each one syllable. Pink had the P consonant, the IH vowel, the NG consonant, and the K. You may ask: why is there an NG consonant when there’s no letter G in the word? The letter N makes an NG sound when the next sound is a K. Kk. Other examples: thanks, thanks, with the NG sound. Drink, drink. With the NG sound.
>> So here, in this bed, there’s some pink. Magenta.
Magenta. Here’s a three-syllable word. What is the one stressed syllable? Can you tell?
>> Magenta [3x]
Magenta, da-DA-da. It’s the middle syllable.
>> Magenta [4x]
>> Your favorite color in general?
>> I like certain blues, like teals.
>> Uh-huh. I don’t think we’re going to see any teal tulips unfortunately.
>> Right. But it is good alliteration.
>> It is.
What is good alliteration? This is when the same sound begins words that are next to each other, or in the same thought group. Teal tulips. Rachel runs regularly.
>> This is my friend, Puck, who invited me to the Netherlands. Thanks, Puck.
>> You’re welcome.
>> So, Puck just taught me a very cool trick about tulips. When you cut tulips and put them in a vase, they droop.
>> They do.
>> And what is the trick that you taught me?
>> They go in the vase, vase.
‘Vase’ has a couple of pronunciations. In America, we generally say ‘vase’, with the AY diphthong, and an unvoiced ending. Vase. In British English, and some American will use this pronunciation too, the second sound is the AH as in FATHER vowel, va-. And the ending is voiced. Vase (4x).
>> Grow in the vase, vase…
>> And then they do this. Imagine this is a tulip. It’s a daffodil, but we’ll…
>> Right. It’s not a tulips, but pretend it is.
>> Pretend it’s a tulip. And then it goes like this. Just underneath, one centimeter from the flower, you just pinch a needle.
>> Stick a needle.
>> Stick a needle though the stem. All the way through. And then, they stand up.
>> And that’ll keep them from dropping. Now, she also told me if it’s already drooping, and you stick a needle in, it will make it come back up straight again.
>> But you have to cut some piece of…
>> You have to cut some off the bottom. Ok.
>> And then stick the needle.
>> I’m definitely going to use that tip because I love tulips, and they’re always dropping. Now I know how to fix it. Thanks Puck.
>> I have braces.
>> If you can’t understand her, please forgive her. She just got braces.
Thanks so much to Puck and Sara for being in and helping me make this video. Always remember to pay attention to word stress and pronunciation as you learn new vocabulary words.
That’s it, and thanks so much for using Rachel’s English.