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  • In this American English pronunciation video, we're going to study the pronunciation of

  • the phrase: Are you ok?

  • This is part of a sentence study series, where we look at a short, common phrase, and discuss

  • its pronunciation. First let's look at the phrase up close and in slow motion.

  • You might hear two different stress patterns for this phrase: Are you ok? da-Da-da-DA?

  • That has a primary stress on the second syllable of 'okay', and a secondary stress on the syllable

  • 'you'. Or, you might hear: are you ok? Without the stress on 'you'. Both are fine. What's

  • more important is that your unstressed syllables are short, and your words link together.

  • The word 'are' can reduce to just the R sound. rr, rr, rr-you ok? The lips will probably

  • flare out a little, but not too much because we're not starting a stressed syllable. And

  • it will be really quick. The tongue is pulled back and up, and the middle part might be

  • touching the roof of your mouth or the inside of your teeth here, but the tip isn't touching

  • anything. To transition into the Y sound, my tongue comes back forward. The tip will

  • touch behind my bottom front teeth, and the front/middle part of the tongue will touch

  • the roof of the mouth, a little further forward than it was for the R. Rr-yy, rr-yy. While

  • the tongue is at the roof of my mouth, the throat is making this sound. Yy, yy. My jaw

  • really doesn't need to move much between these two sounds, rryy, rryy. Now we have the OO

  • as in BOO vowel, are you. The lips will round some for this sound, though not as much as

  • they would round if they were in a syllable with primary stress. Are you, are you. So,

  • I'm stressing this word a little bit. My voice has a little curve up and down, the shape

  • of a stressed syllable. Are you, are you, are you.

  • Are you, are you. Next is the OH diphthong. So it might feel like you go through

  • the glide consonant W: are you--wo, you-o. Make sure you connect, no break. This is an

  • unstressed syllable, so the jaw won't drop as much and the lips won't round as much for

  • the OH diphthong as they would in a stressed syllable, are you o-, are you o-. But there's

  • still a little of both. Oh, oh.

  • And finally the stressed syllable. The tongue tip will stay forward while the back part

  • of the tongue reaches up to touch the soft palate, and release into the AY as in SAY

  • diphthong, kk, -kay. The jaw has to drop a good bit for the first sound there, the tongue

  • tip will be here, and for the second half the jaw will close some as the front part

  • of the tongue reaches towards the roof of the mouth. The tip will stay here. Are you

  • ok? Are you ok? Notice that the pitch of the voice goes up. -Kay, -kay. That's because

  • it's a yes/no question, and those usually go up in pitch at the end. Are you ok? Are

  • you ok? Are you ok?

  • Let's watch one more time in slow motion.

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

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