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How to pronounce the word ‘frustrating’

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Hey, guys, it’s Hadar. And this is The Accent’s Way.

A word that keeps coming up when my students express their feeling when they’re communicating in English is the word ‘frustrating’. And there is nothing more frustrating than trying to say this word and not being able to say it, or not getting it right. So today, I’m gonna teach you how to say the word ‘frustrating’ so you can express your frustration clearly and accurately.

So let’s start. Start with an F sound. For that, you bring the bottom lip to the top teeth, release air. And as you’re pronouncing the F sound, you’re already waiting with your tongue
up there for the R. [fr-] So the only thing you need to do when you shift to the R is just round your lips. [fr-] And then you open your mouth to the ‘uh’ as in ‘cup’ – [fruh-] which is just like a schwa
with a bit more emphasis. [frus-] That’s the primary stress of the word. [frus-]

The second syllable is [chrei] – ‘ei’ as in ‘day’. So it’s not frus-TRA-ting, the second syllable is not stressed. It’s not frust-REH-ting, it’s not an ‘eh’ sound. It’s [frus-chrei], [chrei]. When the TR go together it often sounds like a CH sound instead of a T. Listen: [frus-chrei], [chrei], like ‘train’. [frus-chrei]

And then you end it with flap T: [frus-chrei- ding], [ding], so it sounds just like a D. You can say [frus-chrei-Ting], that’s also okay but you can make it a little smoother and softer and more American by making it a flap T. [frus-chrei-ding]

It’s very frustrating to know what you wanna say but not being able to say it. Frustrating.

Okay that’s it. Thank you for watching. Please share this video with your friends and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel. Have a great week and I will see you next week, in the next video. Bye.

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