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  • In this American English pronunciation video, we're going to discuss how to pronounce the

  • word 'because' in everyday conversation.

  • The word 'because' has a couple of different pronunciations. It can either have the AW

  • vowel or the UH vowel in the second syllable. But let's start at the beginning. The first

  • syllable is unstressed: be-, be- because. It begins with the B consonant sound, then

  • the 'ih' as in 'sit' vowel. The second syllable, stressed, which will be higher in pitch and

  • longer than the first, begins with the K consonant sound. Then either the AW or the UH vowel,

  • and finally, the Z sound. Now this is important, it's written with an S, so some people tend

  • to pronounce it as an 'S'. But it is a Z sound, so it does need to be voiced: because, zz,

  • zz, zz. It will be a very quick final consonant, but it does have to have the vocal cords engaged.

  • Because is a conjunction, which makes it a function word. And function words are generally

  • the words that will be unstressed in a sentence. Sometimes unstressed words will be reduced.

  • And the word 'because' can reduce to simply 'cuz, 'cuz. So the unstressed syllable will

  • get dropped altogether, and the vowel will most likely change to simply the schwa. Cuz,

  • cuz, cuz. In my opinion, it's not appropriate in written communication to write 'because'

  • as 'cuz'. But in spoken English, it's certainly acceptable to reduce the word 'because' to

  • 'cuz' in everyday conversation.

  • As always, when you reduce a word, make sure that you link it to the words that come around

  • it. So, with the word 'because', if we reduce it to 'cuz', 'cuz', we want to make sure to

  • take that final Z sound and link it up to the next word. Let's look at some examples.

  • I missed the train because I overslept. Because I, because I, because I overslept. Or, I missed

  • the train 'cuz I overslept. cuz_I, cuz_I, 'cuz I overslept. Why are you leaving? Because

  • I'm tired. Because, because, because I'm tired. Or, 'cuz I'm tired, cuz_I, cuz_I, 'cuz I'm

  • tired. I can't go because my mom's in town. Because, because, I can't go because my mom's

  • in town. Or, I can't go 'cuz my mom's in town, cuz_my, cuz_my, cuz_my, I can't go 'cuz my

  • mom's in town. I made chicken because I know you hate fish. Because I, because I. Or, I

  • made chicken 'cuz I know you hate fish. Cuz_I, cuz_I. My assignment is late because my computer

  • crashed. Because, because. My assignment is late because my computer crashed. Or, my assignment

  • is late 'cuz my computer crashed, cuz_my, cuz_my, cuz_my, 'cuz my computer crashed.

  • So, don't be afraid to reduce because to 'cuz, 'cuz. Just make sure you link it to the next word.

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

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