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  • In this American English pronunciation

  • video, we're going to go over how to

  • pronounce the IH as in SIT vowel.

  • This vowel can be a challenge for non-

  • native speakers. The tendency is to

  • replace it with the EE vowel. But for

  • the IH vowel, the jaw drops more, so the

  • tongue isn't as close to the roof of the

  • mouth. Let's study the mouth position.

  • There's a relaxed jaw drop. The tip of

  • the tongue stays forward, lightly

  • touching the back of the bottom front

  • teeth. The top, front part of the tongue

  • arches up towards the roof of the

  • mouth.

  • Let's see this vowel up close and in slow motion.

  • Relaxed jaw drop. Tongue tip forward.

  • Top, front part of the tongue arches up

  • towards the roof of the mouth. This

  • vowel is stressed in the word 'fix'.

  • Same mouth position.

  • When this vowel is in a stressed word

  • or syllable, like 'fix', it has an up-down

  • shape, IH, fix, IH. When it's in an

  • unstressed syllable, it will be flatter and

  • lower in pitch, quieter: ih, ih. It's

  • unstressed in the word 'office', ih.

  • Let's take a look.

  • The mouth position is the same, but a

  • little more relaxed.

  • Let's compare the stressed IH in 'fix', on

  • the top, to the unstressed IH in 'office'.

  • Notice that the jaw is more dropped for

  • the stressed syllable. For the

  • unstressed IH, the jaw is less dropped.

  • This is typical. Unstressed vowels are

  • shorter, so there isn't as much time to

  • make the full mouth position.

  • Stressed IH: fix, IH

  • Unstressed IH: office, ih

  • IH, ih, IH, ih

  • Example words. Repeat with me:

  • Which, instead, begin, divorce, busy, print.

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