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  • In this American English Pronunciation video, were going to go over the pronunciation

  • of the phrase “I appreciate it.” Well talk about linking words in a sentence: vowel

  • to vowel and with a Flap T.

  • Thanks for requesting this phrase. Not only is it a polite way to thank somebody, but

  • it gives us the chance to study two kinds of linking, vowel to vowel, and linking with

  • a Flap T.

  • In American English, it’s important that your words link together in one thought group.

  • This forward flow is part of the character of American English.

  • I appreciate it. The first link is between the words ‘I’ andappreciate’. This

  • is a vowel to vowel link, which also includes diphthongs. Were linking the AI diphthong

  • with the schwa. Often in a vowel to vowel link, we make a glide consonant sound. That

  • is true here. When the first sound is the AI diphthong, we make a Y sound as we connect

  • to another vowel. So think ofappreciatebeingyappreciate’, with a Y.

  • I-yappreciate [3x]

  • Focus on the Y sound if your tendency is to put a little break between each word.

  • It will really smooth out your speech.

  • The next link is a consonant to vowel link. We have a final T sound linking into the IH

  • as in SIT vowel. When we link these two words together, what do you notice? The T comes

  • between two vowel sounds. That means it’s a Flap T, where the tongue flaps against the

  • roof of the mouth without stopping the air. Appreciate it, dit, dit, appreciate it. Well

  • see that when we watch up close and in slow motion.

  • So to answer the question, “How can I say this as fluently as Americans?”, focus on

  • the linking and the stress. –Pre- is the most stressed syllable, so it should be the

  • clearest and have the up-down intonation, -pre-, -pre-. “I” can also have a little

  • of this: I appreciate it. [3x]

  • Now let’s watch up close and in slow motion and talk about the sounds.

  • The jaw drops for the first sound of the AI as in BUY diphthong. Then we quickly go through

  • the second sound, the Y glide, and the schwa on the way to the P sound. Yuh. I-yuh. I-yuh.

  • Lips come together for the P, and open into the R sound. The lips flare, and you can’t

  • see the tongue because the tip is pulled back and up, pr, pr. I appr-. The tongue tip comes

  • more forward for the EE vowel. Remember, this is the stressed syllable. I appre-. The letter

  • C makes the SH sound, sh. The teeth come together and the lips flare.

  • Now we have three unstressed syllables in a row. The EE vowel quickly before the jaw

  • drops for the AY as in SAY diphthong. Now, watch how the tongue flaps against the roof

  • of the mouth for the Flap T. To the roof of the mouth and down again for the IH as in

  • SIT vowel. Watch the flap one more time.

  • And a stop of air for the Stop T. Appreciate it. Let’s watch the whole phrase again.

  • You can use this phrase while thanking someone, for example: “Thanks so much for coming

  • to my presentation. I appreciate it.” Or, “Thanks for doing the dishes. I really appreciate

  • it.”

  • >> HaQuyen, thanks so much for coming in today, I really appreciate it.

  • I hope this video has made this phrase easier for you to say. Think about linking often

  • as you work on spoken English.

  • Also, I’m happy to tell you my book, American English Pronunciation, is available for purchase.

  • If you want an organized, step-by-step resource to build your American accent, click here

  • to get the book, or see the description below. I think youre going to love it.

  • That’s it, and thanks so much for using Rachel’s English.

In this American English Pronunciation video, were going to go over the pronunciation


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如何給 "I Appreciate It "發音 - 美國英語 (How to Pronounce "I Appreciate It" - American English)

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    EZ Wang 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日