Say this when parting ways with a friend. 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 ‘see you’.
This is part of a sentence study series where we look at a short common phrase and discuss it’s pronunciation.
The stressed syllable in this phrase is ‘see’, the verb. So the rhythmic structure is DA-da. DA-da. See you. See you.
See begins with the S, so the teeth are together, Ssss, and the tongue tip is pressing the back of the bottom front teeth.
For the EE, the tongue tip stays where it is, but the front part of the tongue will reach towards the roof of the mouth, about here. See EE. The corners of the lips might pull a little wide. Since it’s stressed, it should have the shape of a stressed syllable: a little curve up in the voice, and then the pitch falls, see. See. See. See. See you.
We glide right into the next word with the glide consonant Y. So you have to lift the tongue just enough so it’s touching the roof of the mouth. See Yy, yy. Push it a bit forward on the roof of the mouth and hold air in your throat so you get this kind of sound mixed in. Yy, yy. See you, see you.
You can probably tell I’m reducing the vowel in ‘you’ to the schwa. Yuh, yuh. It’s very short, since it’s an unstressed word. See you, see you.
That itself is a common phrase, but you’ll often hear it with an add-on, like ‘see you later’, or ‘see you tomorrow’.
And now let’s look at the phrase up close and in slow motion.
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That’s it, and thanks so much for using Rachel’s’ English.