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  • In this American English pronunciation video,

  • we're going to go over the pronunciation of the word 'quote'.

  • This week's Word of the Week is 'quote'. Thanks so much to the fan who suggested it!

  • 'Quote' is a one syllable word, and it's a noun or a verb, so it's a content word. Quote.

  • It should be longer than the unstressed syllables in a sentence.

  • 'Quote' begins with the KW consonant cluster.

  • Your lips will round for the W as your tongue takes the position for the K

  • because the lip position doesn't affect the sound of the K. Kw, kw.

  • So, my lips are rounded and the back part of the tongue reaches up and touches the soft palate.

  • It pulls down, making the sound of the K, and I'm ready to go for the W, qu-, qu-, quote.

  • Then we have the OH diphthong.

  • A lot of my students don't make their lips work hard enough for this diphthong.

  • So we relax the lips and the jaw drops, quo-.

  • But then we have to make the lips round again, quo-.

  • It won't be as dramatic as it was for the W,

  • but if we do no lip rounding, we don't really get the second half of the diphthong.

  • So the jaw drops for the first sound,

  • then you bring it back up and round your lips for the second half. Quo-, quote.

  • Now, we end with a T. The pronunciation depends on what comes next.

  • If it's at the end of a sentence, "I like that quote,"

  • most native speakers will make that T a Stop T in conversation.

  • What's happening is my tongue is going into position for the T, here,

  • and I'm cutting off the air here: quote, quote. So that abrupt stop is the Stop T.

  • If we don't stop the air or move the tongue, quoooow,

  • then we get the feeling of no T at all, quote, quote.

  • So, it's not the same thing as leaving out the T, quote.

  • We will also make this T a Stop T if the next word begins with a consonant:

  • "I need a quote for my presentation." Quote for, quote....for. Do you hear the stop?

  • I'm holding the air in my throat for just a fraction of a second

  • so that we get that stop feeling. Quote for.

  • If the next word begins with a vowel,

  • then most native speakers will make that T a Flap T, and use it to connect the two words.

  • For example, 'quote about'. "I need a quote about music." Quote about, quote about.

  • Now there's no stop of the air,

  • I'm just letting my tongue bounce against the roof of my mouth, oh-da, oh-da.

  • It sounds like a D between vowels. Quote a-, quote about. Quote about.

  • Here it is in slow motion.

  • If there's a word you find difficult to pronounce, suggest it in the comments.

  • That's it, and thanks so much for using Rachel's English.

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