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  • hello Jennifer from Tarle speech with your pronunciation question today's

  • question is how do I say the word theory which is an idea that can explain

  • something and theoretical and theoretically these words are very very

  • confusing because as many of you know when you add a prefix or suffix to a

  • word in English most of the time the word stress on the root word stays the

  • same but there are a few exceptions I have a class on tion endings where this

  • happens where you change the word stress so if you are interested in that I'll

  • put a link below but for today we're gonna think about theory theoretical and

  • theoretically and I'm gonna give you a new quick rule that when you see this ic

  • suffix added to a word you are going to change the word stress and that's why

  • these words I think are so difficult for people let's start with the word theory

  • I hear a few mistakes I think the biggest one is that you really need to

  • say the the vowel ear thear theory and make that e at the end of the word very

  • very long I'm actually going to add a line over top of that so that you know

  • to make this sound long that's a long vowel there because I use the symbol

  • below so I want to be consistent okay so now when we get to theoretical we're

  • gonna break the syllables up a little bit differently and we're gonna say thee

  • with the long e again you can see the line on there the schwa uh and then we're

  • gonna stress this syllable because it's right before that ic okay thee uh re

  • re remember louder longer and higher for a stressed syllable thee uh re

  • Dickel and you're just going to add like the man's name dick and then end with

  • ul theoretical theoretical same thing for theoretically

  • we're gonna change that word stress from theory where we're stressing syllable

  • one to right before that ic syllable so we're gonna say again thee uh re and

  • then instead of saying dickel we're gonna say dick Lee and we're going to

  • end with that Lee so let's try all of these together theory Theory Theory

  • theoretical theoretical theoretical theoretically th theoretically

  • theoretically sorry about that saying that word so many times actually

  • confused me so let me try those one more times as I messed up theory theoretical

  • theoretically give it a try I know people are going to notice the

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