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

  • the phrase: Be careful.

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

  • its pronunciationFirst let's look at it up close and in slow motion.

  • Let's look at the stress. da-DA-da, be careful. This is a three-syllable phrase with stress

  • on the middle syllable. Click here to see the video I made on three-syllable phrases,

  • or see the link in the description.

  • We start with the B consonant, so the lips are together, and we're voicing it, bb, bb.

  • Then they part and we have the EE vowel. The jaw doesn't really need to drop for that,

  • and the corners of the lips might pull a little wide, be. The tongue tip is here, touching the

  • back of the bottom front teeth. Next we have the K consonant sound. To transition into

  • that, simply lift the back of the tongue to the soft palate, Be c-. Care-. The EH as in

  • BED vowel followed by the schwa/R sound here. The jaw will drop a good bit for this vowel, especially

  • when it's in a stressed syllable. Ca-, ca-. The tongue tip is forward, touching the back

  • of the bottom front teeth, but then it starts to pull back for the schwa/R. So for the R, the

  • tongue has pulled back so it's fatter, and the tip isn't touching anything. The tongue

  • will touch the roof of the mouth, or maybe the teeth, about here. Care-. This is our

  • stressed syllable, so it will be longer, and have that up/down shape of the voice. Care-ful.

  • Now we have the F so the bottom lip will come up and make contact with the top front teeth.

  • The tongue will come back down again for that sound. So it pulls back and moves forward again, it's

  • a quick motion to make the R. Caref-. Now we have the schwa/Dark L sound. You can really

  • get by with just making the Dark sound, that's what most Americans do. So, let your lip relax

  • down from the F. Keep your tongue tip where it is, and pull the back part of the tongue

  • back, uhl, to make that dark sound, -ful, -ful. You don't need to bring the tongue tip

  • up, just leave it down. Careful, careful. Be careful! da-DA-da, be careful.

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

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