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  • In this American English pronunciation video, we're going to talk about homophone phrases.

  • Today I'm going to talk about how reductions can make homophone phrases. A homophone

  • is a pair or set of words that have different meanings and often different spellings, but

  • sound the same, like flour / flower.

  • For example, three sentence fragments: got a / got to / I've got to. They'll all sound

  • the same when we reduce them in a sentence. I got a new car, I got a new car, got a, got a,

  • I got a new car. Or, I got to test drive it, I got to test drive it, got to, got to,

  • I got to test drive it. Or, I have got to go. I've got to go, got to, got to. I've got

  • to go. When students realize this, there is sometimes a bit of panic: how will people

  • know which one I'm saying. I want to put you at ease: you never need to worry about

  • that. The context will always make it clear.

  • Another example: 'had her' and 'hatter' -- I'm sure you know the Mad Hatter is a character

  • in Alice in Wonderland. One thing I try to stress with my students: when we're doing

  • a reduction, like dropping the H in the word 'her', we don't want it to sound like a separate

  • word. We want it to sound like an extra syllable, part of a bigger word. So 'had

  • her', had'er, had'er, two words, should sound just like 'hatter', 'hatter', one word.

  • Had her, hatter.

  • I had her bring it to me at work. The Mad Hatter is a fun character.

  • Think about this any time you're working with the reduction of her, or dropping the H on

  • any other H reduction. It should sound like an extra syllable tacked on to the end of

  • the word before.

  • Let's look at some more examples of these homophone phrases:

  • let her / led her / letter -- I let her leave work early, let her, let her. I led

  • her the wrong way, led her, led her. I didn't get the letter, letter, letter.

  • but her / butter -- I invited her, but her mother said no, but her, but her. When I

  • bake, I usually use butter instead of margarine, butter, butter.

  • gave him / gave them -- Now here we're dealing with two words that sound the same

  • when they reduce. Both HIM and THEM reduce to the schwa-M sound. So 'gave him' sounds

  • just like 'gave them'. I gave him a new shirt, gave him, gave him. I gave them my old TV,

  • gave them, gave them. Again, you don't need to worry that they sound the same. Based

  • on context, people will know what you're talking about.

  • So there it is, just another interesting part of American English pronunciation.

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

In this American English pronunciation video, we're going to talk about homophone phrases.

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同音短語 -- 美式英語發音法 (Homophone Phrases -- American English Pronunciation)

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