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  • hi everyone and merry christmas welcome to  our little series on christmas words and  

  • how to pronounce them. our lesson today is how  do i pronounce the words fruitcake: which is a  

  • cake made with dried fruits and nuts, gingerbread  which is a cake or cookie flavored with ginger,  

  • and a sugar cookie which is a small sweet  crisp or chewy treat covered in sugar  

  • and sometimes in icing. that's one of my favorite  christmas treats. the lesson today is really going  

  • to revolve around word stress and how do you  stress compound nouns so all of these words are  

  • compound nouns. and basically what that means is  it's two words put together to mean a new thing.  

  • when you stress something you make it louder  higher in pitch and you have longer vowels.  

  • that is opposed to unstressed which is the exact  opposite softer lower and shorter. for most of  

  • my students because vowels are so difficult this  longer vowel and shorter vowel is key. again a lot  

  • of students that i work with all of their vowels  are similar in length so if you really work on  

  • making your vowels different lengths that's really  going to help with these compound nouns and people  

  • will better understand you. again here are our  words fruitcake gingerbread and sugar cookie.  

  • how do we go about doing this. what you're going  to do is you are going to stress word number one  

  • in each of these cases word number  two is going to have less stress  

  • another key point is we're going to link these  words together with no pause in between them and  

  • make them one word. so i'm not going to say fruit  cake. i'm going to link those words together with  

  • no pause make them one word and i'm going to make  this word louder longer and higher. fruit cake  

  • fruit cake. same thing here i'm going to stress  ginger link it to bread make that all one word.  

  • ginger is longer louder and higher bread is  shorter softer and lower. gingerbread gingerbread.  

  • and then for a sugar cookie sugar cookie sugar  cookie sugar cookie. so it sounds some of my  

  • students say as if i'm saying these second words  very quickly. and it kind of am because of that  

  • shorter vowel. so let's give these all a try  fruit cake fruit cake ginger bread gingerbread  

  • sugar cookie sugar cookie. i do want to make  one last comment for sugar cookie. that has that  

  • dreaded short um ooh sound that we have in english  it's not a very common sound but we do use it in  

  • very common words. it is here. a tip for that is  do not pucker your lips too much. it's not ooh  

  • it's not sugar cookie. and don't relax them too  much it's not sugar cookie. it is a nice in the  

  • middle slightly rounded lips that are relaxed for  that uh vowel. so again it's not it's not uh it's

  • sugar cookie sugar cookie. let's give those all  a try again fruit cake fruit cake fruit cake  

  • gingerbread gingerbread gingerbread  sugar cookie sugar cookie sugar cookie.  

  • my favorite christmas treat is a sugar cookie  but i will also eat gingerbread and fruitcake.  

  • so let me know what your favorite christmas  treat is in the comments section. and give  

  • it a try i know people are going to notice  the difference. if you found this helpful  

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