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  • In this American English pronunciation video, you're going to come with me to the YouTube space in LA,

  • where I don't know anyone. And we're going to go over introducing yourself.

  • Introducing yourself to a crowd of people, or even just one person, can make anyone nervous.

  • Doing it in a foreign language, even more so. So today we're going to go over a few

  • phrases that you might say when introducing yourself.

  • The first thing, of course, is saying your nameUsually you'll hear people say "I'm",

  • or "My name is", or "My name's", contracting "name" and "is".  Some non-native speakers

  • don't want to use contractions because they don't think it's clear enough, but we really

  • do want to use the contraction "I'm", and not "I am" because it can be much quicker,

  • I'm, I'm, I'm, which puts the emphasis on the name, the most important part

  • This will also help smooth out your speech.  I'm Rachel, uhhh. All connected

  • Here are some people introducing themselves using "I'm".

  • >> Hi. I'm Beth Aweau. >> Hey guys. I'm Olga Kay.

  • >> I'm Staci Perry. >> Um,. I'm Todd Bieber.

  • >> Hi everyone. I'm Veronica Hill. >> Hey, I'm Rachel.

  • >> Hi, I'm Hilah. >> Hi, I'm Rachel.

  • >> Hi, I'm Christopher. >> I'm Bryan.

  • Here's an example of someone saying "my name is," without contracting "name" and "is".

  • >> Hi everyone. My name is Hetal Jannu.

  • Notice that the stress of the sentence is still making her name the most important part.

  • My name is Hetal. My name is Rachelda-Da-da-DA-daIt's longer, louder, and higher in pitch than

  • the unstressed syllablesMy name is Rachel, Ra-, My name is Rachel.

  • That's how we know it's the most important partSo in the phrase "my name is", "my" and "is" are both unstressed,

  • and so they need to be really unimportant, really quick, my [3x], is [3x].

  • My name is, my name is. If every syllable is the same length, the same volume, and the same pitch,

  • then we loose the character of American English, which is based on stressed vs. unstressed syllables.

  • We can also say "My name's Rachel", with the contraction. The rhythm there is da-DA-DA-da.

  • "Name" is stressed because it's a nounBut my actual name, Rachel, will be more stressed.

  • And I should say, it's only the stressed syllable, Ra-, of my name that's going to be longer and higher in pitch

  • The unstressed syllable, -chel, is just like any other unstressed syllable,

  • even though it's in a stressed word.

  • >> My name's Aaron. >> Uh, what's up guys. My name's Todd.

  • >> Hi, my name's Sara.

  • Often what comes next in an introduction is saying where you're from

  • This can either be a job, if you're in a work context, or a place, your hometown or where you're currently living.  "From".

  • That's never going to be as important as the name of the place you're from.

  • It's a function word, so we want it to be unstressed, shorter than the stressed syllables in the sentence

  • from, fromListen to these people introducing the places they're from

  • They're using the contraction "I'm" and "from" and then the name

  • These two words are quicker and less important:  I'm from [3x].  I'm from Florida.  I'm from New York.

  • >> I'm from Kapolei, Hawaii. >> ...from Seattle originally.

  • >> I'm from New York. You're from Texas? >> You're from, where, again?

  • >> I'm from Delaware.

  • Here's one last example of someone saying "I'm from", but he's giving his business,

  • the company he works for, not a city.

  • >> I'm from Upright Citizens' Brigade, uh, channel: UCBcomedy.

  • One fun moment I noticed is when Todd introduced himself and Bryan said "Ts'up Todd?" 

  • Tsup, tsup.

  • >> Nice to meet you. >> Tsup, Todd? [4x]

  • TsupWhat is that wordThat's actually "what's up?"  I made a video a while ago on "tsup":

  • how we'll sometimes reduce "what's", "it's", "that's", or "let's" to simply "ts".

  • TsupNow I know you're probably not hearing the P, but maybe you do notice my lips are

  • going into the position for itTsup.  P is a stop consonantThat means it's made up of two parts.

  • The stop, where the lips come together, tsup, and the release,

  • where the lips parttsupSometimes native speakers leave out the releasetsup?

  • "Stop".  "Nope".  You can too, just make sure you don't leave out the stop part of the consonant,

  • where the lips come together and the air is stoppedTsup?

  • And finally, a phrase we often exchange when making an introduction is "nice to meet you".

  • >> Nice to meet you. >> Nice to meet you, too.

  • >> Well, it was good to meet you, Hilah. >> Nice to meet you, too.

  • >> Nice to meet you. >> Nice to meet you.

  • Most people say 'nice to meet you', and probably you noticed that once I said "it's good to meet you".

  • "Nice", or "good", or whatever adjective you're using, and "meet" should

  • be the two stressed syllables of that sentenceThat will contrast nicely with "to", which

  • will have a schwa instead of the OO as in BOO vowel, to, to, to.  "You",

  • since it's at the end of a sentence, will probably sound something likeyou, you, you

  • Low in pitch, quick, flat, and with a lot of the energy of the voice taken out.  "you", "you"

  • nice to meet you.

  • We heard two different ways of pronouncing the T in "meet".  One is a stop T,

  • because the next word begins with a consonant soundMeet you, meet you

  • I cut off the airflow in my throat to stop the sound, to signify the T. 

  • I don't actually bring my tongue into position for the T, I just stop the air hereMeet you

  • The other way of making the T is to make it a CH soundThis can happen to an ending T if the next word is "you",

  • meet you, meet youSo first, let's hear it again with the stop.

  • >> Nice to meet you. [4x]

  • And now with the CH sound.

  • >> Nice to meet you. [4x]

  • Meet you, meet youBoth are ok.

  • In closing, here is one more introduction conversation I had with a great guy I met in LA named Zachary.

  • >> Hi. >> Oh, hey.

  • >> I'm Rachel. >> I'm Zach.

  • >> Hi Zach, nice to meet you. >> Nice to meet you.

  • >> So, we're here at the YouTube Space. So you must be a YouTuber.

  • >> Yep. Make videos for kids. >> Yeah? What's your channel?

  • >> Pancake Manor. >> Oh wow.

  • >> What's yours? >> Mine's Rachel's English.

  • >> Oo. >> So I teach English on my channel.

  • >> Wow. You must have a lot of subscribers. >> I do, I do. But actually, let's talk about that word.

  • It's subscribers, with an R. >> Oh. Subscribers.

  • >> Subscrrrr-, hold out the R. >> Subscrr, rr, -scribers.

  • >> Yeah, that's it! >> Subscribers.

  • >> Perfect. >> Yeah.

  • >> I'm going to tell my users about your channel, so they can go see you.

  • >> Cool, thank you. >> Yeah. It was great to meet you.

  • >> Nice to meet you. >> Ok, have a great day.

  • >> You too. >> Alright, take care!

  • >> Bye! Subscribers. Yeah.

  • Thanks so much to all the wonderful people who were in this video

  • To learn more about them and their YouTube channels, follow the links in the video or in the video description.

  • Practice your English. Make a video introducing yourself, and post it as a video response to this video on YouTube.

  • Or, just introduce yourself in the comments. I can't wait to meet you.

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

In this American English pronunciation video, you're going to come with me to the YouTube space in LA,

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How to Introduce Yourself -- American English Pronunciation

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    Zenn posted on 2014/03/01
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