How To Pronounce America

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It is a common mistake when English learners pronounce America as AA-MEE-RII-KAA.  It is too long and very unnatural. Let’s break it down, shall we? A-ME-RI-CA   so that’s 4 sounds (syllables) and the stress is on the second syllable oOoo. Now, the 1st syllable [A] is a schwa sound /ə/.  What does that mean? That […]

How to Pronounce “Really”?

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The word “really” is particularly difficult for Asian learners as it contains /r/ & /l/, two of the toughest consonants in the English language especially for Japanese, Koreans, Thai and Vietnamese.  The word “really” has to be pronounced in 3 steps: Step 1: The lips have to be tightly rounded for /r/ and the tongue […]