5 Secrets to Having an American English Accent: Advanced Pronunciation Lesson

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Speak American English in this quick English lesson. Download the free PDF worksheet for this lesson here: http://www.speakenglishwithvanessa.com/free 1:20 American R: greenER 3:36 American T: beTTer 4:48 Stopped T: don'T 7:41 American S: comeS 9:33 Reduction of "We'll" Download my free e-book: "5 Steps To Becoming A Confident English Speaker" http://www.speakenglishwithvanessa.com/free-ebook --------------------------------------------------------------------- English book recommendations: https://www.amazon.com/shop/speakenglishwithvanessa Subscribe and follow on social media! I'd love to meet you! YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=theteachervanessa Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/englishwithvanessa/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/speakenglishwithvanessa Send us a postcard from your country: Speak English With Vanessa 825 C Merrimon Ave PMB # 278 Asheville, NC 28804 USA --------------------------------------------------------------------- Speak English With Vanessa helps English learners to speak American English fluently, naturally, and confidently. To become a fluent English speaker and have English conversations with a native English speaker, go to http://www.speakenglishwithvanessa.com

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Hi, I'm Vanessa from SpeakEnglishWithVanessa.com.  
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Can you really sound like an American  English speaker? Let's talk about it. 
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Have you ever been watching an American TV show  or movie and you heard a phrase, don't get bent  
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out of shape of over it. It seems so fast. You  feel like maybe you understood what it meant, but  
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how in the world are they saying it so quickly?  What is the secret to speaking like this? Well,  
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today, I would like to help you with five common  American English phrases that include key American  
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English sounds. This lesson will help you to  level up your vocabulary and also level up your  
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pronunciation and understanding skills, so the  next time that you hear these phrases and you hear  
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American English speakers, you will know exactly  what they're saying. And of course, like always  
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I have created a free PDF worksheet to go with  today's lesson. You can download this worksheet  
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and learn all of the pronunciation points,  all of the sample sentences, all of the ideas,  
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and at the bottom of the worksheet, you can  answer Vanessa's challenge question so that you  
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never forget what you've learned. You can  click on the link in the description to  
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download that free PDF worksheet today. All right. Let's get started with our  
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first of American English phrase and pronunciation  point. Have you ever been looking at social  
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media and you thought, huh? The grass is always  greener on the other side. And then you realized,  
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maybe the grass isn't always greener on the  other side. There's probably some hidden costs  
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to all of these wonderful things that you're  seeing online and that's really the truth. Social  
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media's not real. So this common phrase, the grass  isn't always greener on the other side means that  
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the other person's life or something that you're  not experiencing always looks better than what  
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you currently have, but in reality, that's not  really true. If you get to that other place,  
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if you do that other thing, it's not  always the paradise that you expect. 
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So let's break down this pronunciation so that you  can use this phrase and say it clearly. The grass  
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isn't always greener on the other side.  Do you hear the sound that I emphasized?  
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This is the R sound or in American English, we  often call this the colored R because it's very  
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strong. Listen to it when I say the word grass,  grass. Does this remind you of an angry dog?  
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And this is a way to have the American English  R sound. Can you say it with me? The grass,  
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the grass. Let's add the rest of this phrase.  The grass isn't always greener on the other side.  
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So don't forget that hard R sound in the word  greener at the end, and also in the word other.  
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Having that strong colored R sound at the end  of the word is essential in American English.  
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Let's say this full phrase one more time, and I  want you to try to say it with me. Are you ready?  
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The grass isn't always greener on the other side. All right. Let's go on to our second phrase and  
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also our second American English pronunciation  point. Are you someone who is always late? Well,  
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it might be useful for you to use this phrase,  better late than never, better late than never.  
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Unfortunately, I have had to use this many times.  I am often late, hopefully just by a few minutes,  
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but it's still nice to apologize and you can use  this lovely phrase. Sorry, I'm a few minutes late.  
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Better late than never. You could say  it with a little joke in your voice,  
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but let's break down this pronunciation. Better late than never. Listen to that word,  
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better. Is there a D in this word better? Are we  talking about a bed that you go to sleep in? Nope.  
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In American English, a T that is surrounded  by vowels or vowel sounds will change  
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to a D, better. This is common in the word  water, or maybe you're wearing a sweater.  
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This is typical of American English. So  when you use this phrase, make sure that you  
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pronounce it like this, better late than never. Our third American English phrase and American  
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English pronunciation is included in this phrase,  don't get bent out of shape over it. Don't get  
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bent out of shape over it. What's happening here?  Well, there's one concept that we just talked  
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about. Listen to the middle of this phrase, out of  shape. Here this T is changing to a D, but we've  
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already talked about that. Don't get bent out of  shape. So what else are we adding here? Listen  
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carefully for another T sound. A lot of these  words end in T, but as I say this phrase, I want  
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you to listen to see if you can hear any of them. Do you hear when I say this phrase? Don't get  
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bent out of shape over it. The sad news is no,  all of these T's are what we call stopped T's.  
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So it's not wrong to say, don't get bent, but when  you hear fast American English speakers, you're  
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going to hear them stop the T in their mouth.  So let's take a look at this common contraction,  
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do not becomes don't, but when we pronounce it in  a fast sentence, you're more likely to hear don't,  
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don't. My tongue is at the top of my mouth, like  it's going to make that T shape, but I just don't  
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let the air come out. Don't get, my tongue is  stopped at the top of my mouth. I did not say  
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get. Instead I said, get, and then the next  word bent becomes bent. Don't get bent. And  
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our next word is the linking with a D sound,  out of shape over it. And that final word,  
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it also has a stopped T. So that T is going to  be at the top of my mouth, it, it. This is a lot. 
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Let me give you the context and what this means  and then we'll say it together. Let's imagine  
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that your friend's boss gives her some, we'll say,  constructive criticism, some feedback that maybe  
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didn't feel too great to get. You might say, "Hey,  your boss was just trying to help. Don't get bent  
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out of shape over it. She was just trying to give  you some advice. It might not sound kind, and it's  
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certainly not something you really wanted to hear,  but don't get bent out of shape over it. You're  
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not going to get fired. It's going to be okay."  This means don't take something too seriously.  
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So can you say this phrase with me? Yes. Let's say  it together. Don't get bent out of the shape over  
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it. Don't get bent out of shape over it. Don't  get bent out of shape over it. It'll be okay. 
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Our fourth American English phrase and American  English pronunciation is included in this phrase,  
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what goes around, comes around. Let's talk about  this pronunciation really quick. What goes around,  
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comes around. Here we have two instances where  the S at the end of goes is followed by a vowel,  
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so that S is going to sound like a Z  in American English. What goes around,  
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comes around and this phrase has to do with  your behavior if it's good or bad, like karma,  
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will hopefully happen to you again too. Usually, we use this in a negative sense to  
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make ourselves feel a little bit better. So for  example, if someone is not a nice person, you  
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might say, well, what goes around, comes around.  Someday someone is going to be mean to him too.  
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Or if one of your coworkers gets fired because  they're always late, you might say, well, what  
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goes around, comes around. He didn't respect his  job and this business. He was always late, so he  
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got fired. His own actions ended up affecting him. You can use this with positive things, like  
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I'm always nice to my friends and when  I need them, they also care for me.  
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We could say what goes around, comes around  because your behavior is coming back to you,  
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but it's more likely used in a negative situation.  Bad behavior will come back to haunt you someday.  
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So let's try to say this phrase together with the  S changing to a Z so that you can use it clearly  
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and accurately in conversations. Are you  ready? What goes around, comes around.  
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What goes around, comes around. Great work. Our final American English phrase and American  
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English pronunciation point is this phrase,  we'll cross that bridge when we get there.  
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We'll cross that bridge when we get there. Does  this phrase exist in your language? I feel like  
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this is kind of an international idea that you're  dealing with a problem, and you know that some  
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other problems might come in the future,  but you don't want to think about them now.  
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We'll cross that bridge when we get there.  Let's focus on our current problems instead. 
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Well, let's take a look at this pronunciation,  especially that first word. We'll  
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cross that bridge when we get there. You can say  this contraction very clearly. We'll, we plus will  
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is we'll, but in fast American English, we  often reduce this in a relaxed way and we say,  
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we'll, we'll. This is similar to  these other contractions as well,  
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like you'll, you'll. Instead of saying you will,  we say you'll, you'll, and same as we will,  
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we'll. So could you say this with me?  We'll cross that bridge when we get there. 
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For my family, we raised seven baby chicks, and we  knew that having adult chickens would be a lot of  
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work, but we kind of just said, we'll cross that  bridge when we get there. Let's enjoy baby chicks  
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while we have them. We'll cross that bridge  when we get there. Let's say it all together.  
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We'll cross that bridge when we get there. We'll  cross that bridge when we get there. Great work. 
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Well, I hope that this lesson was  useful to you and you didn't get  
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bent out of shape over it. Now, I have a question  for you. Are you someone who has to often say  
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better late than never? Let me know in the  comments and don't forget to download today's  
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free PDF worksheet with all of these American  English phrases and American English pronunciation  
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points so that you can speak clearly and  understand fast American English conversations.  
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You can click on the link in the description  to download that free PDF worksheet today. 
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Well, thank you so much for learning  English with me, and I'll see you again  
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next Friday for a new lesson here on my YouTube  channel. Bye. The next step is to download  
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the free PDF worksheet for this lesson. With  this free PDF, you will master today's lesson  
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and never forget what you have learned.  You can be a confident English speaker.  
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Don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel  for a free English lesson every Friday. Bye.
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