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  • Hi. I'm Ronnie. Do you have problems saying "je" and "ye"? Are you a Spanish speaker?

  • Maybe. If you speak Spanish, so if you're from Mexico, or Spain, or other Spanish-speaking

  • places in South America or all over the world, it's going to be difficult for you to get

  • the pronunciation of "j" like "je" and "y" like "ye". Do you know why? Because in your

  • language, it's just different. Isn't it? It's the opposite. Why does English have to be

  • so difficult with pronunciation? I'm here to help you. Maybe you have seen a lesson

  • like this. I did a lesson like this a long time ago, years and years ago, really, but

  • we had some audio difficulties, so I'm here to redo it back in the year 2015. Go for a

  • time warp with me. "J vs. Y".

  • First of all, let's focus on the mouth position, and what we do to get the differences in the

  • pronunciation of these letters. The first one: "je". Your throat, the air's going to

  • come out of your throat almost like you're yelling, so it's like "je, je". Your teeth

  • are a little bit apart, "je", and you're going to throw the air out: "je, je". It's a very

  • strong sound. Now, the "y" sound, on the other hand, is not as strong. It's more of a "ye,

  • ye". Think about this: what's the position of my mouth when I make the "je" and when

  • I make the "ye"? When I make the "ye", I get to smile a little bit. My cheeks are really

  • tight, so I'm like: "ye, ye". When I do the "j": "je", my mouth is more sloppy and wiggly.

  • So, it wiggles like Jell-O. The "j", your mouth is not as tight: "je" and more loose

  • and open. And with the "y": "ye", you have to make your mouth tight, your cheek's got

  • to be tight. These are your cheeks. Your cheeks have to be tight and: "ye". It's a much softer

  • sound. Let's go through some examples, shall we?

  • Somebody's name: "Jo-Jo". "Hi, Jo-Jo, how are you? Cool." "Jo-Jo, je, Jo-Jo." Oh, it's

  • another name. This is not Juan, oh no. In English, we say: "Je, John. Hi, John, how

  • are you? Cool. Thanks for watching." The next thing we have, a really, really fast airplane

  • is a "je, je, jet". Jo-Jo, John, jet. You try now.

  • Perfect. Good. Next one, the word

  • "jeer". Oh, what does that mean? That's a strange word. I've never heard that. "Jeer"

  • means you make fun of someone. It's not very nice to do to people. This, another one is

  • a person's name, it could be a boy or a girl: "Jess", "Jessica", "Jessie". So this word

  • is: "je, Jess". "Jell-O". What's Jell-O? Jell-O is gelatin, it's a dessert. In Canada and

  • in North America, or in... Sorry. In Canada and America, Jell-O is a brand name of a kind

  • of gelatin. And there was a really famous actor that would advertise Jell-O. Bonus points

  • if you know his name. Jell-O Pudding Pops. We have the months of "June" and "July". So

  • practice the "je" sound.

  • Good. Okay, so let's move on to the "ye". Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. "Yo-yo". What's a

  • yo-yo? I bet you you know what a yo-yo is. A yo-yo is a toy. Hmm. It's a toy on a string.

  • Maybe you are really, really good at playing with a yo-yo. I've never been really good

  • at yo-yoing. It's a noun, it's a verb. Just to... Didn't work. Bored. Ronnie doesn't like

  • to yo-yo, but pronunciation is fun. So this word is: "yo-yo". You may hear this in some

  • movies, and people be like: "Yo, yo, yo, what's up, yo?" You have to be careful if you're

  • going to be a cholo gangster, not to say: "Jo, jo." You have to say: "Yo, yo." Please

  • be careful. [Yawns] "Yawn", "yawn". Yawn means you go [yawns] because you're tired, so you

  • yawn. Next: "yet". "Yet" is a kind of grammar word and it means that something is going

  • to happen, but it won't happen now. So it's like "still". I yet have got to get you to

  • subscribe to my YouTube channel. Go do it. "Year". The year is 2015. Funny story, the

  • other day I was looking at my phone and I realized that it wasn't 2014 anymore. And

  • the thing I was looking at, at the supermarket had expired. Ronnie has no concept of years,

  • but now I do know it's 2015 is the year. "Yes". Not: "Jes", "Yes". The colour, beautiful colour

  • of "yellow". Let's practice one more time. Yo-yo, yawn, yet, year, yes, and yellow. Oh,

  • we forgot one. "Yeast". Yeast is something that we use to make bread or pastries rise.

  • It's also an infection that some people get. Let's not talk about that in the pronunciation

  • lesson; we'll save that one for later.

  • So, the next thing that we have to do, and probably the most challenging thing that we

  • have to do is comparing the two sounds. So, it's fine and dandy if you can just say the

  • j's, and then you say the y's, and you're like: "Yo, I got it!" No you don't. You will

  • only get it if we do this now. So, please, follow along. The "j" is Jo-jo. The "y" is

  • yo-yo. Please repeat. Jo-jo, yo-yo. Make sure that your mouth is really tight for the y's.

  • Tight mouth for the y's. Jo-jo, yo-yo. Your turn. Perfect. Next one: Hi, John, how are

  • you? John, yawn. John, yawn. Ye, ye, yawn. Jet, yet. Jet, yet. Jeer: "he-he, he-he",

  • jeer, year. Year. What year is it? Not: what jeer is it? Jess: Oh, hi, Jess, how are you?

  • Cool. Yes. Jess, yes. A lot of the time I hear people say: -"Jess". -"Where's Jess?

  • Jess, Jess is here? No. Jess isn't here. You're lying. Jessica is not here. Oh, you meant

  • 'yes'." Please be careful. Jell-O which is a kind of dessert, Jell-O and the colour yellow.

  • Jell-O, yellow. Try and say this: "Yellow Jell-O." It's lime. Lemon. Yellow Jell-O.

  • Then we have: yeast. The "j" words, these obviously don't connect, but we have June

  • and July.

  • If you have any other pronunciation problems, please go to my Facebook, which is

  • Ronnie McEnglish, or hit me up on the website. I will be happy to try and help you figure out

  • more of your pronunciation problems. From Jo-Jo, John, and Jess, we're out of here.

Hi. I'm Ronnie. Do you have problems saying "je" and "ye"? Are you a Spanish speaker?

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