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  • hey everyone it's Jennifer from Tarle  speech with your pronunciation question

  • We have three words today choir a singing group 

  • inquire to ask and inquiry an act of asking for information 

  • Kind of a tough lesson today but hang in  there i'm gonna make it as easy as possible

  • Okay so word number one choirspelling really confuses people.  

  • Been getting a lot of questions about the  ch sound I plan on doing a video about that  

  • the letter ch I should say n Not the sound, the letter c h,  

  • can be pronounced as a k, they can also be  pronounced as a ch, and sometimes as an sh

  • But today we are going to pronounce them as a k. So we're going to say the word choir we're going  

  • to start with that k w sound. So to say the  k tip of the tongue is down the back of the  

  • tongue is pulled up and then we're going to move  to the w sound by puckering your lips, kw kw kw

  • Next we're going to add the vowel ire, and to  do that you're going to open your mouth really  

  • wide so that the tip of your tongue can be lowand the back of your tongue can be pulled up

  • Then you're going to close your mouth to a square  tense lip shape for that er part of this vowel  

  • sound, and again the tip of your tongue is down  or the back of your tongue can be flipped back

  • Let's put that all together  kw ire choir choir choir

  • And that word has one beat or one syllable - choir We are going to use the word choir in the  

  • next word when we say inquire. w We are going to start with the short word in. And  

  • to do that, we're going to have the short i sound  the ih sound. Your lips are relaxed your mouth is  

  • slightly open and the tongue is just at the top  of the, um, just at the level of the top teeth.

  • And then you're going to touch the tip  of the tongue to the back of the top,  

  • top front teeth for that n sound, and the  air is going to move out of your nose. So in  

  • and then move to choir. So because this word  is two beats we are going to have to stress  

  • one of the beats of the word and unstress  the other. So what does that mean.  

  • We are going to stress choir in this case. It's  going to be louder, longer, and higher in pitch.  

  • That means we have to unstress the in partwhich needs to be lower in pitch, softer, and  

  • shorter. The vowel will be shorter so let's  put that all together: inquire inquire inquire

  • Now for inquiry. This gets confusing  because the stress is going to shift  

  • to the beginning of the word, and when we do thatwe are going to have to stress the in part. That  

  • means the vowel is going to get shorter in this  middle part of the word. So we're no longer going  

  • to say ire, we're just going to say er in queryand end with that re, and to do that r sound,  

  • we've talked about it already, and then e -  tongue is high and flat and your lips are smiling

  • So let's put that all together  in query inquiry inquiry inquiry

  • Let's give them all a try 

  • choir choir choir inquire inquire inquire 

  • inquiry inquiry inquiry and altogether 

  • choir inquire inquiry inquiry inquire choir 

  • One more time i kind of messed that last one upbit - choir inquire inquiry And now for a sentence 

  • The inquiry is to inquire  about choir job openings

  • Give it a try people are going to notice the  difference. If you found this helpful please  

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How to Pronounce CHOIR, INQUIRE, INQUIRY - American English Pronunciation Lesson

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    Summer posted on 2021/07/09
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