Hi, it’s Hadar. And this is the Accent’s Way, your way to finding clarity, confidence, and freedom in English. Let’s talk about ‘her hair’; or more specifically, the word ‘her’ and the word ‘hair’. If they sound the same when you say them, this video is for you.
Let’s begin with a word ‘her’, ‘her’. So, we begin with an H sound. So, release air, it’s like you’re whispering. And then you shift directly to the R – h’r, h’r. To make the R, bring the tongue up, round your lips. The sides of the tongue should be touching the upper teeth – h’r. So, although there is an ‘e’ there, you don’t hear an [ɛ] vowel sound. It’s not ‘hair’, this is hair. h’r. It’s like when you say the word ‘hurt’, ‘hurt’ without the T – ‘hur’. “Tell her”. “Tell ‘er”.
The word ‘hair’ does have an [ɛ] sound there, and you gotta hear it. So we begin with an H, release the air. And then open it to an [ɛ] sound – ‘he-‘. Here, you want to wait with the R, you don’t want to pronounce the R before you hear the pure vowel, the [ɛ] vowel, ‘he-‘. Only then you bring the tongue up for the R: ‘he-r’. And round your lips just a bit, ‘he-r’.
‘Her’ – here your lips are round right from the beginning, because you go to the R directly, ‘Her’. And ‘Hair’. “Look at her hair”. “I love her accessories”. “I love hair accessories”. Do you hear the difference? Her – Hair.
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