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BRITISH ENGLISH PRONUNCIATION – /ɪə/ vowel sound (here, career and clear)

September 2, 2019

Hello, and welcome back to English with Lucy We’re now going to continue with the British pronunciation series Firstly, before we start, remember to connect with me on all of my social media I’ve got my instagram, my Weibo, my Facebook and of course my Youtube channel And then I also have a Patreon account where you can sponsor me and earn some nice rewards like skype lessons and handmade cards So, let’s get started Today, we’re going to talk about another diphthong And this diphthong is /ɪə/ So if you don’t remember from last class, a diphthong is a combination of two vowel sounds in the same syllable So you’ve got the /ɪ/ and the /ə/ /ɪə/ Now British people, especially in the slightly posher accents Will sometimes say (soft) /ɪə/ instead of (strong) /ɪə/ So we will soften out the diphthong a little bit So, let’s talk about some words that are well-known Firstly, we’ve got words with e and a So we’ve got appear, hear, near, clear, fear Ok, I am speaking in a strong British accent So I’m using a lot of air, it’s very breathy Then I have words with ee beer, career, volunteer Then, I’ve got words with e r e like atmosphere or severe Sometimes, just the e alone is pronounced as /ɪə/ So period, or interior But this is really posh Even I don’t say that, so I’d go period, interior (soft) /ɪə/ rather than (hard) /ɪə/ And then we’ve got the ei such as weird, weird Then we’ve got eo in things such as theory We’ve also got ie such as fierce, cashier Ok well I hope you enjoyed and learnt something from this lesson on the /ɪə/ sound Umm….make sure you try and apply it when using all the words that you learnt today To anyone that’s complaining that I’m not writing definitions for the words in these videos This is a pronunciation video and looking up the words in a dictionary is fairly simple so, I recommend you do that OK thank you very much for watching Remember to connect with me on all my social media And I will see you in the next video! Bye! Will perhaps soften out the brow…the voweowjnorbfs djfbnsfsfm so we will soften out the diphthong a little bit


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    good .thank you ,,,''

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    The sound that doesn't exist in American English. 🙂

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    Thanks teacher!! This the sound I was looking for to learn. New subs. Regards from México.

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    Gracias Luci! Tus videos me estan ayudando mucho a mi pronunciacion y comprension del ingles! Una pregunta… tienes alguna pagina o alguna guia donde que me pueda ayudar con la gramatica? Lo unico que encuentro es gramatica del ingles americano y por lo que yo se la gramatica britanica y la gramatica americana son muy diferentes una de otra. Necesito tu ayuda.
    Gracias de nuevo por subir tus videos, haces el aprendizaje del ingles muy divertido.

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    So, british people dont speak the "R" sound? :O
    not at all?! never?

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    I wonder, what kind of Br. english accent do you have?

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    Very useful video lesson, Lucy. Thank you!

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    Hello Lucy! Could you make a video about the use of "some" , "any" and "no" ?

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    Are horse (the animal) and hoarse (as hoarse voice) homophones? Thank you.

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    Lucy, I don't feel confident enough to speak the british english when everyone around me speaks the american english… You know, I'm talking about the accent. I really love the british accent and I do not want to run away of it just because of the the things the people will think about me if I speak with this accent… Please, help me. :/ (Oh, I was not remembering to say my first idiom is portuguese, I'm from Brazil and your videos are awesome!)

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    I am really grateful for your English pronunciation lessons, Lucy. 🙂 I have been learning English since I was in elementary school. My worst English skill is speaking honestly. I want to learn proper pronunciation since my pronunciation is kind of a mix of American (mostly), British and Indonesian English. Thank you, Lucy.

  • Reply 谢经纬 January 13, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Lucy, have you ever posted the video of the complete 48 IPA pronunciation?

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    Hi Lucy, could you please do the full IPA pronunciation. I really love the way you present your videos

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  • Reply Lu Lu February 1, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Can /ʊə/ also be softened out and pronounced just change the pitch of it?

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  • Reply H P February 16, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Could anyone tell me the difference between between here and there-the diphthongs?

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    could you please give us Words to practice too. thank you so much.

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    mam nope means…

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    Hi Lucy, my Asian friends pronounce the word "flour' as 'fla'; could you tell us the correct pronunciation please. Many thanks.

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    Hey Lucy,

    i listened to John Lennon's song God, and in it he sings "dear friends". i heard it as "difference". Is this mistake understandable?

    Would appreciate if you helped!

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    Hi, I'm new to your channel and I have a question. Watched the other videos and why do "bear" and "fear" sound differently??? Thanks☺

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    I think, you pronounce the 'sphere' part in 'sphere' and 'atmosphere' differently. But their phonetics symbols are same. Why is it so ?

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    "career" sounds like "Korea".

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    Is it the sound of the police that I heard at 2:35 ?

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    God! I discovered that I was pronouncing many words incorrectly!

  • Reply Kriegerdammerung December 7, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Lucy, I recommend you to use the Doulos SIL font for the IPA symbols ( = phonemes) also you would like to remember all the sounds of RP that are shortcuts (Alt+0240 is the voiced dental fricative, Alt+601 is the schwa, etc). But if you know an alternative, I would like to know.

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    I love how british speak

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    You have awesome british accent!) That sounds really great.

    Thanks for your video. You're lovely lady :3

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    The other day i was talking to a American boy and i said "here" like a British person, that was the first time i did it (yesterday) and it felt so good. Me sorprendí a mí misma 😄😆

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    Hello! Welcome back English with Lucy [ I'm hear ] … Fuc…

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    Por fin puedo decir:. WHAT LOVELY EYES YOU HAVE!!!…algo que no se puede traducir en castellano

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    I only know thong but not dipthong

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    Anyone want learn English we can practice together

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    Thank you very much mam.

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    I heared an ambulance in your video becase my heart stop when i saw you.

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    very cute

  • Reply Annie Co April 7, 2019 at 12:12 am

    Hello Lucy! I’ve absolutely enjoyed this lesson. Your accent is just perfect, I’m fond of the way you say Lucy, but I can’t pronounce your name properly, would you please make a video where you explain to us how to pronounce names? Including yours please! Thank you for your videos they’re so helpful!

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    great and helpful

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    Thank you so much, this is great. Could you also teach more about the international phonetic alphabet in general? I cannot find a good way to learn it and I think you're an amazing teacher so that'd be absolutely fantastic

  • Reply Amr 639 June 16, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    I pronounce this vowel sound well, thank you.

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  • Reply Cornelius McCann July 2, 2019 at 2:37 am

    Picked this post randomly thinking it was appropriate
    Now lucy i am attracted to you not so much as your beauty but als my percieved intelligence and upbring from your gorgeous accent an interesting study would be how an accent especially southern or RP could be perceived as "posh"
    I.e i lived and worked for many years in london or abroad now i am back in shropshire where i grew up i am aware of when people speak to me in their "telephone" voice
    But yes you are my "type" lol
    In shropshire not so easy to find elloquent ladies x

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