Do you understand? Got it! 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 study the pronunciation of the phrase ‘Got it’.
This is part of a sentence study series where we look at a short common phrase and discuss its pronunciation.
‘Got it’. This is a phrase you use to make it clear that you understand. For example: “We need to leave by 8 because of traffic” ‘Got it’.
‘Got it’. Which of these two words seems longer to you? ‘Got it’. Definitely the first word. So the sentence structure of this phrase is DA-da. DA-da. We start with the G sound. The tongue will come up and touch the soft palate, we’ll hold the air there for a quick second in our throat, G, ga, and then we release. Ga-. The next sound is the AH as in FATHER sound. Tongue tip is here, touching behind the bottom front teeth, and the jaw drops. Ga, ga. The back part of the tongue will press down a little bit. Ga. Now we have a T between vowels; it’s a flap T. So the tongue will bounce against the roof of the mouth without stopping the air. Got it, got it. Notice my jaw doesn’t have to close, the tongue can move up there independently of the jaw. Got it. Got it. Got it. Last we have ‘it’. Your tongue just bounced against the roof of the mouth for the Flap T. Now you want to bring it up again right away for the Stop T in ‘it’. Got it. The IH will happen on its own as you bring the tongue down quickly between the Flap and the Stop T. So the tongue goes back up for the Stop T, we stop the air with our throat, and that’s it. We don’t need to release the T. Got it. Got it.
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That’s it, and thanks so much for using Rachel’s English.