Free English Pronunciation Lesson with Mp3 Audio: A Bottle Of Red

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In American English, and especially here in the New York area, we tend to pronounce things a bit faster and more connected than people do in other parts of the country. Today, I want to show you how we pronounce of when of is used in a noun of noun pattern, and the /t/ sound when it falls in the middle of a word. We’ll get a little help from Billy Joel.

When of is used between nouns, it is generally pronounced like the short /a/ sound as in apartment or /uh/ as in under. For example, the phrase a cup of coffee is pronounced a cup a coffee. Here are a few more examples:

STANDARD PRONUNCIATION USUAL PRONUNCIATION
a can of beer a can a beer
a bag of chips a bag a chips
a box of cookies a box a cookies
a glass of wine a glass a wine
a piece of cheese a piece a cheese

The second point today is the /t/ sound. When the letter t comes in the middle of a word, it is usually pronounced like the /d/ in head or read. For example, the phrase a little cat is pronounced a liddle cat. Here are a few more examples:

STANDARD PRONUNCIATION USUAL PRONUNCIATION
a small bottle a small boddle
in the attic in the addic
today is a better day today is a bedder day
the hottest day of the year the hoddest day of the year
send a letter send a ledder

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