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  • In this American English pronunciation video, were going to go over the pronunciation

  • of the wordquestion’.

  • This is a tough word, and I’ve gotten lots of requests for it. Thanks for putting in

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  • This is a two-syllable word with stress on the first syllable. Question, DA-da. The first

  • syllable is longer than the second syllable. Long-short, DA-da. Question. The first syllable

  • needs the intonation, the shape of a stressed syllable. A little curve up, then down. Uhh,

  • Que-. Ques-tion.

  • This word begins with the KW consonant cluster, kw. To make the K, the back part of the tongue

  • lifts and touches the soft palate. The lip position doesn’t matter, so theyre going

  • to start rounding already for the W. Kw, que-. For the W, the back part of the tongue is

  • lifted, so when it pulls away from the soft palate to release the K, it doesn’t have

  • far to go. Then we have the EH vowel. Que-. This is where well have the curve down

  • in the voice. Que-. For the EH vowel, the jaw drops and the tongue tip is forward and

  • down, lightly touching the back of the bottom front teeth. The middle/front part of the

  • tongue lifts towards the roof of the mouth. Make the middle of the tongue wider as it

  • lifts. Que-.

  • The rest of the sounds happen as the voice drops off in pitch. Question. First comes

  • the S, the teeth come together, ss. Usually when I make the S, I leave the tongue tip

  • down. But here, since it needs to be up for the next sound, I actually point the tongue

  • tip up, ss, ss. Now, the CH sound. It’s the letter T, but it’s making the CH sound.

  • The tongue tip touches the roof of the mouth and releases and the lips flare, ch, ch. Then

  • we have the schwa and the N. The N is a syllabic consonant. It overtakes the schwadon’t

  • try to make a separate schwa sound. So after the CH sound, go directly into the N. You

  • do need to release the tongue from the roof of the mouth, that’s part of the CH that

  • you can’t skip. But then, you put the tongue immediately right back up for the N, -tion,

  • -tion. And relax the lips. So the tongue will move like this in the last syllable: -tion,

  • -tion. Remember, all of these sounds happen as the voice falls in pitch. Question [3x],

  • tion, -tion. There’s not a lot of energy in the voice here.

  • Let’s see this word up close and in slow motion.

  • See the lips come into a tight circle for the W. The space in the mouth is dark as the

  • tongue lifts in the back. Now it opens into the EH vowel, and you can see a lot more of

  • the tongue as the middle/front part lifts. The teeth come together for the S and CH and

  • the tongue goes to the roof of the mouth. The lips flare for the CH, then relax for

  • the N.

  • Let’s watch one more time.

  • See the lips come into a tight circle for the W. The space in the mouth is dark as the

  • tongue lifts in the back. Now it opens into the EH vowel, and you can see a lot more of

  • the tongue as the middle/front part lifts. The teeth come together for the S and CH and

  • the tongue goes to the roof of the mouth. The lips flare for the CH, then relax for

  • the N.

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How to Pronounce QUESTION -- American English Pronunciation

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    Caurora posted on 2016/09/15
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