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  • In this American English pronunciation video, I'm going to make a steaming bowl of ramen

  • noodles. Of course, we'll also study pronunciation, and we'll see a lot of reduction in action,

  • like 'gotta', 'gonna', them, and can. Stay tuned, it's gonna be a blast.

  • This video is actually not entirely about American English pronunciation. It's by request

  • from my mother because when I was with her over Christmas I was telling her how much

  • I love to make ramen noodles. And she thought that was sort of gross. Did you notice? I

  • made a flap T out of the T in 'sort of'. This is because it comes after an R, before a vowel

  • sound. Sort of. We'll want to link the D to the next word, which begins with a vowel,

  • sort of, sort of, so it sounds more like one word than two separate units. Sort of.

  • Let's listen again.

  • Sort of gross. [3x] --ramen noodles. And she thought that was sort of gross.

  • I assured her it's not gross. Not the way I make it! So this video is for her: how I

  • make my ramen noodles. Now I was also on vacation with my aunt. A-U-N-T. I know that aunt is

  • not the number one pronunciation for that word. Most people pronounce it aunt. I use

  • aunt. So let's look: mom, aunt, ramen. They all have that AH vowel, but each one of those

  • words spells the AH vowel differently. Ok, let's get cooking.

  • First, I take the bowl that I'm going to eat my ramen soup in. Fill it up. It's gotta

  • be kind of big. Do you remember in the Thanksgiving video when we reduced "I have got to" to "I've

  • gotta", or, "I gotta" It's happening here. "It has got to": I'm reducing it to "It's

  • gotta, it's gotta". Listen again.

  • It's got to be kind of big. [3x]

  • Maybe leave about an inch at the top. I'm going to put it on high. Did you notice? I'm

  • gonna. I've reduced "I am going to" to "I'm gonna". Of course, use of 'gonna' is very

  • prevalent in everyday spoken American English. I'm gonna. The first syllable has the G consonant,

  • 'uh' as in 'butter' vowel, a nice, clean N, and the second syllable, the schwa. The first

  • syllable is stressed, gon-, and the second syllable unstressed, -a. Gonna, gonna. Listen again.

  • I'm going to put it on high. [3x]

  • Oops. Wrong burner. You'd think I would know by now. OK. So. While that's heating up, let's

  • talk about the vegetable situation. Come over here camera lady. So I'm going to use mushrooms,

  • I have some frozen green beans, and carrots. Um, I love to use bok choy but I don't have

  • any. I'm going to garnish with a little cilantro. And you know what? I'm remembering that in

  • my freezer, I have some chopped up onions that I already fried one time when I made

  • an absolutely ridiculous amount of fried onions. So I'm actually going to chip off a little

  • bit of that to throw in as well.

  • Ok, so, I'm going to chop up my mushrooms. I'm going to try to be careful not to lose

  • any finger parts in the process. I'm not exactly gifted in the kitchen. I have lost finger

  • parts in the past.

  • Don't make them too small. Did you notice? I reduced the word 'them' to the schwa-M sound:

  • um, um. Because in this pronunciation the word 'them' begins with a vowel, and the word

  • before, 'make', ends with a K, I'm going to make sure that those two words link and feel

  • like one unit --- make 'em, make 'em --- rather than two separate words. Listen again.

  • Don't make them too small [3x], because we are going to be eating this with chopsticks.

  • It's got to be a grabbable size. Ok, I'm also going to put in a carrot. Carrots, I like

  • to cut them on the diagonal, because again it makes them bigger. Did you notice? Two

  • more cases where the word 'them' was reduced to 'em. I like to cut them on the diagonal,

  • cut them, cut them. We're taking the final letter of the word 'cut', we're attaching

  • it to the word 'em, 'em, and because the T now comes between two vowels, I turned that

  • T into a flap, or, a light D sound. Cut them, cut them. Also, the phrase "it makes them

  • bigger, makes them bigger." Again, 'them' reduced to 'em, 'em. Also did you notice,

  • I reduced the word 'because' to simply cuz, cuz. The K, schwa, Z sound. Cuz it makes 'em,

  • cuz it makes 'em. And, as usual, when you reduce something, you link it to the words

  • that come around it. Cuz it, cuz it, cuz it makes 'em. The Z sound links to the next word

  • 'it'. Listen to the phrases again.

  • I like to cut them on the diagonal, because again it makes them bigger, easier to grab

  • with a chopstick. Ok, so then I'm going to use the frozen green beans from Trader Joe's.

  • And my frozen onion, which actually, when I made it, I had fried in grease from ground

  • beef. What? She just gave me, camera lady just gave me a face that was like "that's

  • gross." And you know what? It's not gross. It just --- it makes it more tasty. Ok. I'm

  • guessing that the water is boiling. So I'm now ready to head over to the pot. Just a

  • quick note: did you see how much the jaw dropped in the word 'pot'? And you can see a dark

  • space in the mouth because the tongue is pressed down in the back. Just the way the AH vowel

  • should be.

  • It's not boiling. I need to be patient.

  • So, to make my broth, I'm not just going to use the packet that came with the ramen of

  • course. I will use some of it, but I'm going to supplement--- Hey! Another 'gonna'. I'm

  • gonna supplement. I'm gonna supplement. But I'm going to supplement with fish sauce, soy

  • sauce, sugar, some fresh lemon, and probably a little fresh pepper as well. It's boiling.

  • In goes the ramen. I give it just a few seconds to start to break up. Even though these are

  • frozen, it's ok to throw them right in. Did you notice how quickly I said the word "it's"?

  • I reduced it by dropping the vowel altogether, and attaching the TS sound to the next word.

  • Tsokay, tsokay. This was very fast of me, quite casual. It's ok to throw them right in.

  • And now all the vegetable that we've chopped goes in. Mmm, tasty. Break up the noodles

  • a little bit. Ok, I'm going to put in my sauce ingredients. Little fish sauce, just a few

  • drops. Little soy sauce, just a few drops. Little sugar. That wasn't enough. There we

  • go. Where did my ramen packet go? There it is. And then maybe half of this. Ok. Lemon

  • juice. Oops, don't want that seed to fall in. Ok, so there it is. I'm going to mix it

  • up, I'm going to let it go for not very long. Just maybe two minutes before my next step.

  • We're going to put an egg in this guy. Ok, so, I take my egg. Get it all nice and good and

  • cracked. Can you see? Can you see? I reduced the word 'can' to cn, cn. That's because,

  • in this sentence, it's a helping verb. 'See' is the main verb. Helping verbs will usually

  • be unstressed. And 'can' likes to reduce when it's unstressed to cn: K sound, schwa, N.

  • Cn, Cn. Can you see? Listen again.

  • Can you see? [x3] ---in there?

  • Then, just split it open, dump it right in, put on the lid, turn off the heat, boom!

  • So now I'm going to dump the ramen into my bowl, and I have this little spoon because

  • I'm going to hold up the egg, so that the egg doesn't get crushed in the process. So

  • I dump it all. And now I'll put the egg in. And now, if I want a runny yolk, I just leave

  • it as it is. If I want the yolk to be more cooked, then what I'll do is I'll pick up

  • some noodles and sort of cover it. And that will cook it. So that maybe when I'm half

  • way through, or towards the end of my bowl of ramen, I have a delicious yolk that's mostly

  • cooked. Mmm, I love it. Ok, last thing, going to garnish with a little bit of cilantro.

  • Not a must, just because I had it. And there you go, mom, auntie, a bowl of ramen.

  • As a thanks for being my camera lady, I'm going to let my friend Sara eat this delicious

  • bowl of ramen.

  • What do you think Sara? >> It's delicious.

  • I know I'm no master chef. And probably a lot of my students can make a much better

  • noodle dish than I can. I'm obsessed with noodles right now, so please send me your

  • recipes! Post a photo to my Facebook page, or maybe even post a video of you making your

  • noodle dish. I can't wait to get some recipes!

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

In this American English pronunciation video, I'm going to make a steaming bowl of ramen

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How to Pronounce 'gonna' and 'gotta': Reduction and Linking in American English

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    Billy posted on 2014/11/19
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