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  • In this American English pronunciation video, We're going to talk about aa, aa, aa, and

  • placement in American English.

  • I've found myself talking about placement a lot recently in my online course, and with

  • my private students. This is because placement can effect the quality of a vowel, the sound

  • of a vowel. Take, for example, AH and UH. The difference in the tongue position, in

  • the lip position, jaw position, is very subtle. The sound is effected as much by the placement

  • as by the change in the mouth position. AH -- I feel that vibrating more here in the

  • mouth. Ah. But UH, uh, I feel that more here. Ah, uh. The core sound of American English

  • is, uh, very grounded here in the chest. But for other languages, there's some manipulation

  • in the throat, in the neck, that causes the placement, uh, to rise further up into the

  • face. So if you're trying to speak American English but all of your placement is here,

  • you're going to lack some of the quality of the vowel, uh, uh, that we need.

  • If you've never thought about placement before, this can be a pretty confusing concept. It's

  • not something you can see, like adjusting a lip position. But, it can make a big difference

  • in your sound. As a first step, I invite you to just play around with placement like I

  • did in the introduction of the video. AA. Point, ah, and try to feel the vibration there.

  • Uh. Pay attention to what subtle differences are changing. Maybe there's some tension in

  • the neck and then a relaxation as you move from one placement to another.

  • Keep in mind we're not changing the pitch of the sound, we're changing the placement.

  • Aa, aa. Same pitch, same vowel, different placement. Once you've been able to start

  • feeling your voice in different places in your mouth, start trying to think about getting

  • it down here. This requires a full relaxation of the throat. No muscles here should be engaged.

  • Uh, uh. So when the throat relaxes and opens up, it allows the voice to settle down here.

  • Uh, uh. If you've always spoken with a high placement, it might feel like your throat

  • is already relaxed because that is what is natural and normal to you. So, try to push

  • your placement really far forward. And see what changes happen to make that sound move

  • forward. Aa. If I make that sound, I feel, aa, a tightening here, in my throat. So I

  • know if I want to bring it back, I have to relax that. Aa, aa.

  • If you have a hard time hearing the difference between between Ah and Uh, ah, uh, thinking

  • about placement may help.

  • As you work on your speech, think about the fact that the core sound of American English

  • is uh, placed here, uh, uh. You may find that the quality of your vowels improve, and that

  • you start to sound more American.

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

  • I'm excited to announce that I'm running another online course, so do check out my website

  • for details. You'll find on there all sorts of information about the course, who should

  • take the course, and requirements. I really hope you'll check it out and consider signing

  • up. I've had a blast with my first online course, and I'm looking forward to getting

  • to know you.

  • Don't stop there. Have fun with my real-life English videos. Or get more comfortable with

  • the IPA in this play list. Learn about the online courses I offer, or check out my latest

  • video.

In this American English pronunciation video, We're going to talk about aa, aa, aa, and

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Placement and American English Pronunciation

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    Julia posted on 2019/09/13
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