Rather than a common word this week, we'll take on the challenge of pronouncing the word inauguration correctly, so you are ready to talk about the presidential inauguration coming up on January 20th.
This week's word of the week is the common contraction it's. Americans almost always use it's rather than saying it is.
This week's word of the week is the. This word is usually pronounced /ðə/, with voiced th and vowel schwa. When the next word starts with a vowel, the is pronounced /ði/, with voiced th and vowel ee. So we say "thuh man, thuh client" but "thee email, thee airport."
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This week's word of the week is wasn't.
Culture: Americans almost always use wasn't rather than was not. If you say was not, it won't sound like typical American speech. It might even sound argumentative or angry to American listeners.
Pronunciation: Make sure you use a /z/ sound in this word.
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