Americans usually use a stopped T for both /t/ sounds in the word important. Use the video above to hear how this sounds, and break the word down for correct pronunciation. If you find it difficult to use the stopped T, you can use an aspirated (normal) /t/ and you will still be understood.
Happy Valentine's Day! Here's help for pronouncing this phrase correctly. Check out some common phrases (idioms) Americans use to talk about love, dating, and marriage in the videos below.
In this class, we take a look at the some of the basics of American Intonation - what it is, and how to use it to be better understood when speaking English.
A common accent error is using the tense high back vowel /u/ in place of the lax high back vowel /ʊ/. Both vowels are rounded, and both can be spelled with the letters "oo," which creates confusion. Use the videos and lessons below to help you correctly differentiate and pronounce these two vowel sounds.
In the video above, we look at the lax vowel /ʊ/. It is usually spelled with letter u, but in a few common words, it is spelled with "oo." In the video below, we look at how to know whether a word with the letters "oo" says /u/ or /ʊ/.
Additional website practice for words spelled with "oo": https://www.speechmodification.com/free/how-to-pronounce-words-with-oo
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