Do you use this word as much as you want to?
(Or do you find substitutions such as : especially, specifically…)
How should we pronounce this 4-syllable word with all those L’s and R’s?
How to pronounce PARTICULARLY:
Hi there, it’s Hadar. And this is the Accent’s Way, your way to finding clarity, confidence, and freedom in English. And today I’d like to talk to you about the word ‘particularly’. And in particular, how to pronounce it.
So let’s begin with the first syllable – p’r, p’r. It’s a /p/ sound and then an /r/ – p’r, p’r. So, although there is the vowel, the vowel letter A, it’s not pronounced as ‘par’, but it’s reduced – p’r, p’r, as in ‘perfect’ or ‘person’. Then we shift to the primary stress – ‘TI’: a strong /t/ sound and the ‘i’ as in ‘sit’ – p’r-TI. Since it’s the primary stress of the word, it’s higher and pitch, notice that I raised my pitch for it – p’r-TI, and then it’s also longer than the rest of the syllables – p’r-TI.
Then we shift to ky’ – a /k/ sound, then ‘y’ as in ‘yes’ or ‘yay’, and a schwa. ky’. All right? No ‘uw’ sound there, although it’s spelled with a U. p’r-TI-ky’ and then again, a reduced vowel – l’r, l’r: and L and then you shift to an R – l’r as in ‘learn’. p’r-TI-ky’-l’r. And then you end it with ‘lee’, ‘lee’ – high ‘ee’ at the end. p’r-TI-ky’-l’r-lee. I don’t particularly like to practice this word, but I have to. Particularly.
Now, if you struggle with the R sound, you can drop the first R in this word and just say p’-TI-ky’-l’r-lee, p’r-TI-ky’-l’r-lee – that’s also totally fine, and a little easier.
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