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

  • word THAT in a sentence.

  • As you probably know, in American English, there are lots of words called function words

  • that will be unstressed in a sentence. And some of these will reduce. THAT is one of

  • those words. In a sentence, the vowel will often reduce to the schwa sound. The final

  • T will be a stop T if the next word begins with a consonant, or it will be a flap T if

  • the next word begins with a vowel or diphthong.

  • The voiced, TH, where the tongue tip comes just through the teeth. Then for the schwa

  • sound, the tongue tip pulls back and comes down, rests just behind the bottom front teeth,

  • and the tongue is very relaxed. Tha-, tha-. For the T, flap or stop, the tongue tip will

  • go to the roof of the mouth, that, that, and cut off the air flow for the stop T, or bounce

  • back down, letting the air through for the flap T.

  • Let's look at some sample sentence fragments. That my, that my. The next word here, my,

  • begins with a consonant So the T at the end of the word 'that' is a stop: that my.

  • That I, that I. The next word here, I, has the AI diphthong.

  • So, the T at the end of the word 'that' is a flap T. That I, that I. Now, let's look

  • at some full sentences. The movie that I saw was boring. That I, that I. Again, the AI

  • diphthong, so the T is a flap. That I. The movie that I saw was boring. We thought that

  • we could be there. That we, that we. So, the word 'we', beginning with the W consonant,

  • the T is a stop T. That we, that we. We thought that we could be there. I know that you're

  • disappointed. That you're, that you're. So, the next word here begins with the Y consonant,

  • so the T is a stop T. That, that, that you're. That you're. I know that you're disappointed.

  • I read that her team won. That her, that her. Here, with the word 'her', I'm dropping the

  • H. So, the sound after the T, is the schwa sound, a vowel. Therefore, it's a flap T.

  • That her, that her, I heard that her team won.

  • Will the word 'that' always be pronounced this way in a sentence? No. Sometimes it will

  • have the AA vowel. For example, if you want to stress the word:

  • >> It was easy. >> It wasn't that easy.

  • Thaa, thaa. There, I'm keeping the AA vowel. Also, in this sentence, the word 'that' is an

  • adverb. And adverbs are generally content words, not going to reduce in a sentence.

  • But you will often hear the word 'that' reduced. Doing it yourself will help to smooth out your

  • speech, and will also provide some nice rhythmic contrast to the longer, stressed syllables

  • in a sentence.

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

In this American English pronunciation video, we're going to go over how to pronounce the

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超專業外師教你如何發''That''音 How to Reduce 'THAT' -- AMERICAN ENGLISH PRONUNCIATION

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