Welcome to ForB’s English lesson video! This time Kevin is going to explain how to pronounce "a lot of" like a native English speaker. How would you pronounce "a lot of"? Let’s watch the video!😃👍
Hello, everyone. Welcome to ForB’s English lesson video. I’m Kevin, and for today’s video, we’re going to practice the pronunciation of a very common phrase in English.
As you can see, this phrase has three words, "a, lot, of." However, most native speakers, when they say this phrase, don’t say it as three separate words. You won’t hear people say, "I-want-a-lot-of-beer."
That sounds a little unnatural. Instead, most people kind of push these words together, say them like a single word, "alotof." So, instead, you’ll hear, "I want alotof beer." Notice, big difference, "a-lot-of, alotof."
We have to be very careful both when we’re speaking and when we’re listening to this sound. It sounds very different. So, let’s start with the first two words, "a" and "lot." This is very simple, just push them together. "a lot, a lot." We don’t really have to change much here. Just push them together. Don’t have any break in saying them. Let’s practice. Please repeat after me. "alot, alot, alot." OK. Very good.
Next, let’s work with the middle and last words. You’ll notice "lot" of course ends in a consonant, a "t." Then "of" begins with a vowel, an "o."
Often in English when one word ends in that hard consonant, the next word begins with a vowel, those will often combine together. Just like we’re going to do today.
However, we also have to be careful. The "lot" we don’t want that hard, sharp "t" sound. Instead, we’re going to soften it, more like a "d" sound. So, we won’t say "lot of", but "lodof." So, you wanna soften to a "d," not that sharp "t." OK? So, let’s practice. We’re gonna put the "lod" and "of." Again push them together. "lodof, lodof." Repeat after me. "lodof, lodof, lodof." OK. Very nice.
Now, of course, we have to put everything together. Let’s say that whole phrase like a single word. "alodof, alodof." Don’t forget, no sharp "t." Try to say it like a "d." "alodof, alodof." OK. Repeat after me. "alodof, alodof, alodof." OK. Got it? Three times very fast. "alodof, alodof, aldof."
Alright. Very good. Now, as I said, this is a really common phrase in English, so if can get comfortable saying it like a single word, in that natural way, soften the "t" to a "d" sound, you’ll sound much more fluent and natural. So, please give it a try the next time you’re speaking English.
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