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  • In this American English pronunciation video,

  • we're going to study the

  • pronunciation of the phrase

  • 'what time?'.

  • This is part of a sentence study series,

  • where we look at a short common phrase,

  • and discuss its pronunciation.

  • This two-syllable phrase has stress on the

  • second word, the content word, ‘time’.

  • What time? da-DA. What time?

  • You might notice that there’s a quick break

  • between the two syllables.

  • That’s because there’s a stop T.

  • Whattime. But well get to that in a minute.

  • We begin with the W consonant,

  • lips in a tight circle.

  • Then we have the UH as in BUTTER vowel,

  • everything in the mouth is relaxed.

  • The tongue is forward and relaxed. Wha, wha.

  • Now, we have a stop T.

  • So were going to bring the tongue up

  • to the roof of the mouth,

  • so the top, flat part is touching.

  • We also stop the air with our throats.

  • What, what. This is a stop consonant.

  • The next word begins with the True T,

  • so we're pretty much

  • in the position for that already.

  • All we have to do is close the teeth,

  • what, tt,

  • and release the air that weve stopped:

  • time. What time.

  • We have the AI as in BUY diphthong intime’.

  • Many of my students

  • don’t drop their jaw enough

  • for the first half of that diphthong.

  • Ti-, time.

  • For the second half of the diphthong,

  • the tongue tip stays down but the front part

  • stretches towards the roof of the mouth,

  • so the jaw will close some. Ti-, ti-.

  • And finally, we have the M consonant,

  • where the lips come together. Time.

  • There’s no way to make this sound in

  • American English without closing the lips.

  • Some of my Spanish-speaking students will say

  • something more liketime’, m, m,

  • where they end the word

  • in a nasaly-vowel sound rather than the M.

  • Time, m, m.

  • You have to bring your lips together for that.

  • Time. What time, what time, what time.

  • This is a question and youll notice that

  • the voice goes down in pitch at the end.

  • What time.

  • That’s because it’s not a yes/no question.

  • Yes/no questions tend to go up in pitch

  • at the end but other questions will go down.

  • What time?

  • And now let’s look at the phrase,

  • up, close and in slow motion.

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How to Pronounce "What Time?" - American English

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    Sam posted on 2015/04/14
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