It’s almost the end of the year.
You may look back at what you accomplished in 2015, or perhaps you’re already making plans for 2016.
At the beginning of each year, I like writing resolutions for the upcoming year.
This year I decided to share with you some of my resolutions and also, how to pronounce it:)
Hey, it’s Hadar, and this is the Accent’s Way – your way to finding clarity, confidence, and freedom in English. And today we’re going to talk about how appropriately the word ‘resolution’. Resolution.
So, we begin with a ‘re’ sound. R – round your lips, pull the tongue in – there’s a lot of tension there engaged in the tongue – and then you open it to an E – ‘re’. Drop your jaw a little. ‘re’.
Then, the next syllable is ‘zuh’, ‘zuh’. It’s a schwa sound after a Z sound: ‘zuh’, ‘zuh’. ‘re-zuh’, ‘re-zuh’. So there is no ‘o’ sound there, although it’s spelled with an O. Resolution. Okay? It’s not ‘re-zo-lution’ – ‘re-zuh-lution’.
Then we move on to the primary stress – LUW, LUW. It’s an L sound, a little heavy, and then an ‘uw’ vowel, it’s a long vowel. Also, the primary stress is always longer, louder and higher in pitch. We definitely hear it here: ‘re-zuh-LUW’. And then again, sh’n, sh’n, a reduced vowel. We shift from the ‘sh’ sound to the ‘n’ – sh’n. ‘re-zuh-LUW-sh’n’. ta-da-TA-da. Resolution. Resolution.
What’s your New Year’s resolution?
All right. Have a happy New Year, and I’ll see you next week next year. Bye.
Have a Happy New Year!