What better day is there to discuss the difference between ‘woman’ and ‘women’ than International Women’s Day? 🙂
Hey it’s Hadar.
Today is March 8 – International Women’s Day
and I figured it would be the perfect day to discuss the difference between a ‘woman’ and ‘women’.
One woman, a few women or many women.
And if you’re watching it not on March 8 then it doesn’t matter
cuz every day is Women’s Day! So let’s get started.
Let’s begin with a singular form.
We start with a W sound. So round your lips and then open it up to an ‘oh’ as in ‘good’.
You see, so my lips open up a little bit but there’s a little bit rounded.
The jaw drops ‘woh’. The tongue pulls back and it’s kind of relaxed in the back
Think like you have a hot potato in the back of your mouth and you don’t have to touch anything
and then you move on to the second syllable which is ‘m’n’.
It’s an M sound, a schwa (a reduced vowel) and then an N.
The plural form is different in the spelling at the end of the word right.
So instead of ‘a’ you have ‘e’ but it affects the pronunciation of the first syllable.
Now why is that? I have no idea but that’s just how it is.
So instead of saying ‘woh-m’n’ we now say ‘wi-m’n’. alright
It’s the i as in ‘sit’ vowel sound. So from the W you switch to the i sound ‘wi’
and then again the ending is exactly the same: m’n
one woman, a few women
Alright, that’s it. Now at the end, I’d like to wish all of you my women friends around the world that
you’ll always give yourself the permission and space to express yourself in English and in your native tongue.
That’s it. Thank you for watching. Have a wonderful day
and have a great year! I’ll see you next week in the next video.