Did you know the letter D sometimes makes the J sound? Learn how to practice this word by breaking it down sound by sound, knowing what’s stressed and what’s not. Then put it all together to feel confident using this word in American English conversation.
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In this American English pronunciation video, we’re going to go over the pronunciation of the word ‘procedure’.
This week’s word of the week is ‘procedure’. It’s a three syllable word with stress on the middle syllable. da-DA-da, procedure.
It begins with the PR consonant cluster. To make the P your lips do have to close. P, p, pr-. When they part you can already have the tongue moving back into position for the R. Pr-, pr-, r. And the lips will round a little bit for that R consonant. Pr-, pr-. Then we have the schwa pro-, pro-. Because this is an unstressed syllable we want it to be very quick and low in pitch. Pro-, pro-.
Then we have the stressed syllable. It begins with the S so your teeth will come together and the corners may pull a little wide pro-, s, s, s, and the tongue tip can stay down here, pressing behind the bottom front teeth.
Then we have the EE as in SHE vowel. Tongue tip stays here but the front part stretches up towards the roof of the mouth. Proce-, proce- Here the letter D is making the J as in JAR sound. Proce- j, j. So your teeth will be together and your lips will flare a bit. Proce- -j-, -j-, -j-.
Then we have the schwa R ending. Don’t worry about making a separate schwa sound the R takes it over. And again because it’s unstressed it should be very quick and low in pitch, -dure, -dure, -dure, -dure. Pro-ce-dure. Procedure. It’s just a routine procedure.
That’s it your “word of the week”. If there is a word you would like to suggest for the “word of the week” put it in the comments below.
That’s it, and thanks so much for using Rachel’s English.