Understanding of Pronunciation of Vowel, Pronunciation of Consonants & Pronunciation of Diphthong is very important for being healthy in English, especially in English Speaking. Wrong pronunciation can change the meaning of a sentence or situation for which the particular word is used. Generally, beginner of any language crams Vocabulary but without clear and right pronunciation or wrong pronunciation, meaning or sense of the sentence can differ for other people. That’s why pronunciation plays a major role in language learning.
In this American English pronunciation Article section, we’re going to learn how to pronounce the ‘eɪ=ay’ as in ‘Say’ diphthong.
Diphthongs are a combination of two sounds, so they have a starting position and an ending position.
- In the first position, the jaw drops and the tongue tip touches the back of the bottom front teeth.
- The top of the tongue pushes forward and lifts a bit.
- The second sound is the ih as in the ‘sit’ vowel.
- To transition into this position, your jaw will lift as the top, the front part of the tongue arches towards the roof of the mouth.
- Let’s feel a word with this sound, ‘pay=[pəɪ]’.
- The jaw drops, and you can feel a lot of tongue as the front and middle push up and forward.
- As the first one, the front part of the tongue arches up towards the roof of the mouth, the jaw comes up lips are relaxed for this diphthong. ‘eɪ=ay’, pay.
- In a stressed syllable like ‘pay’, the ‘eɪ=ay’ diphthong curves up then down. Pay, ‘eɪ=ay’.
- In an unstressed syllable, it’s lower and flatter in pitch, as well as quicker and quieter, ‘eɪ=ay’, ‘eɪ=ay’.
- The diphthong is unstressed in the word ‘driveway=[‘dɹaɪv wɹɪ]’, ‘eɪ=ay’.
- Let’s feel this word. Just as before, the jaw drops, and you can feel a lot of tongue as the front and middle push up and forward.
- Then the top, front part of the tongue arches up towards the roof of the mouth, and the jaw comes up.
- Jaw drop maybe a little less when this diphthong is in an unstressed syllable,
- As we tend to simplify mouth movements in unstressed syllables, which are shorter.
- The ‘eɪ=ay’ diphthong, stressed: pay, ‘eɪ=ay’
- The unstressed: driveway, ‘eɪ=ay’ ‘
Okay=[oʊ’keɪ], ‘eɪ=ay’- okay.
Play=[plei]. ‘eɪ=ay’- play.
Operate=[‘ɑp ə,ɹeɪt], ‘eɪ=ay’- operate.
Gain=[geɪn], ‘eɪ=ay’- gain.
Separate=[‘s,ɛp ə,ɹeɪt]. ‘eɪ=ay’- separate.
Pain=[pəin], ‘eɪ=ay’- pain.
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