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  • In this American English pronunciation video, were going to talk about the pronunciation

  • of should, would, and could.

  • These words all rhyme. The pronunciation is simpler than it looks; the L is silent. So

  • they all have their beginning consonant, the UH as in BOOK vowel, and the D sound. Should,

  • would, could. They rhyme withgood’, ‘hood’, andwood’. Yes, ‘would

  • andwoodare pronounced the same. They are homophones. So this is the pronunciation

  • of these words in full.

  • But, as you know, Americans like to reduce less important words in a sentence to make

  • the important words stand out more. And these are three words that can be reduced.

  • As with many reductions, we change the vowel to the schwa and speed up the word: should,

  • should, would, would, could, could. Youll hear Americans go even further though, and drop

  • the D. I noticed I did this when I was doing a Ben Franklin exercise on some of my speech.

  • >> Should we get dinner? >> Yeah.

  • Should we get dinner? One of the things I notice is that I’m dropping the D sound,

  • should we, should we.

  • Shu, shu. Just the SH sound and the schwa. The lips are flared and the teeth are together,

  • sh. The tongue tip is pointing up to the roof of the mouth, but it’s not touching it.

  • Shu-, shu-. Then for the schwa, everything relaxes and you go into the next sound, shu-,

  • shu-, shu-we, should we call her? Shu-we [2x], I should go. Shu-go, shu-go. I should go.

  • Now, if the next sound is a vowel or a diphthong, I wouldn’t drop the D. It would be too unclear

  • to go from the schwa into another vowel. So forshould I’, ‘should I’, for example,

  • I make a really quick flap of the tongue for the D. Should I, should I, should I say that?

  • Should I try it? Should I call him?

  • If dropping the D feels like too extreme of a reduction for you, you certainly don’t

  • have to do it. Just keepshouldunstressed, really quick, should, should, should.

  • Now let’s look atcould’. The K sound is made when the back part of the tongue comes

  • up and touches the soft palate in the back, kk, kk, ku-. Could we try later? Could we,

  • could we? Again, just dropping the D: k sound, schwa, next word. Could we, could we? Saying

  • it with a D when the next word begins with a vowel or diphthong: Could I come back later?

  • Could I, could I. So just a nice shortcould’.

  • Finally, ‘would’. For the W sound, the lips are in a tight circle, and the back part

  • of the tongue lifts, ww, ww. Wuh. Would we want to do that? Would we? Would we? Would

  • we want to do that? Or, with a really quick D sound: Where would I go? would I, would

  • I, would I.

  • So you can reduce these words by changing the vowel to the schwa. You can reduce them

  • further by dropping the D, unless the next sound is a vowel or a diphthong.

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How to Pronounce Should, Would, Could - Reduce and Link! - American English

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