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  • Hi everyone it's Jennifer from Tarle  speech with your question of the week.

  • A few weeks back I did a lesson on the word  city and it was a short and I got a really  

  • great question and then I actually heard  this mistake with a student in a class.  

  • And the word is city of course  which I did the short about.  

  • But the mistake is shitty and that  can be a really embarrassing mistake.

  • So a city is a large town and shitty means  worthless, um, a contemptible person or action,  

  • or covered in excrement. So you don't want to  confuse these words. Okay let's take a look  

  • at the words. Let's start with the endings  because they're both the same. We have the  

  • d. This is technically a flap t but I teach it as  a very fast d sound. So to say this sound you can  

  • just touch the same spot that you do for the d,  which is sort of the back of the top front teeth,  

  • if you want to get super fancy, you can  move that tongue a little further back  

  • on the roof of the mouthand just go for that fast  

  • d sound. Then add that long e. SmileTtongue is nice and high and flat. d d d.

  • Now the difference. Here is the s in city  

  • and the s h in shitty. Can't believe I'm saying  this word so much um but I want you to avoid  

  • embarrassment, so i'll just keep  going. All right the sh is a sound  

  • one sound but it is spelled with two lettersWe do not say an s and an h. No. Iit is a shh.

  • You can see for the sound, my lips are rounded  and puckered, and air is moving out of my mouth.  

  • My tongue is behind my top  front teeth shh. It is flat  

  • and it is high up sh. It is not near the  front teeth, but it's pulled back a little bit  

  • shh. Okay, now for the s sound in cityMy tongue is a little more forward  

  • and you can see my mouth is sort of smilingWhen my tongue is more forward you have a couple  

  • of options. Your tongue can be flat or the tip  of your tongue can be pointed slightly down.

  • All right let's try those two together

  • Sssssss Shhh 

  • Sssssss shhh

  • For a lot of people just focusing on  the lips solves this whole problem.  

  • So if you're having trouble start there  first and then really think about the tongue.

  • All right let's put these all together.

  • d c d city city city

  • I'm smiling for that whole word.

  • Now shih d shih dee

  • shitty shitty shitty

  • I like to think that my face looks kind  of uh and that might be a little shitty.  

  • If that helps you we're gonna go with itAll right let's try them together again:

  • city shitty city shitty city  city city shitty shitty shitty

  • And now for a sentence:

  • I think the city is beautiful even  though some people told me it was shitty.

  • So give it a try. I know people are going to  notice the difference. If you found this helpful,  

  • please share us with your friendsand give us a like. If you need help,  

  • check us out on Tarle speech.

  • Thanks so much everyone have a great week!

Hi everyone it's Jennifer from Tarle  speech with your question of the week.

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How to Pronounce CITY ? & SHITTY ? - American English Pronunciation Lesson

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    Summer posted on 2022/05/07
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