0:00In this American English pronunciation video, we're going to go over the pronunciation of
0:05the word 'very'.
0:14This week's Word of the Week is 'very'. 'Very' is a two-syllable word with stress on the
0:20first syllable. Ver-y, ver-y, very, very. It begins with the V consonant sound. If you
0:31come from India, look out. You might want to make it a [w], ww, where your lips round.
0:36But it's a V, vv, where the bottom lip comes up and makes contact with the top teeth. Vv,
0:43vv, ve-. Then we have the EH as in BED vowel. The jaw needs to drop for that. Ve-, ve-.
0:51Next we have the R consonant. That can be tough. And in this word a lot of people will
0:56want to flap the R, where the front part of the tongue bounces off the roof of the mouth.
1:01We do not want this position. We want this position, where the middle part of the tongue
1:05stretches up and touches the roof of the mouth, about here. Ver-. The front part of the tongue
1:12doesn't touch anything, and you should be able to hold out that sound. Very. And finally,
1:19the EE as in SHE vowel, unstressed, to finish the word. Very, very. I'm very sorry.
1:29That's it, your Word of the Week. Try it out yourself. Make up a sentence with
1:36the word, record it, and post it as a video response to this video on YouTube. I can't
1:42wait to watch it.
1:43That's it, and thanks so much for using Rachel's English.

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