/ah/ as in father (and coffee, job and office)

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In American English, as you know, spelling can be deceiving.
Many words that are spelled with ‘o’, have no pure /o/ sound in them, but rather, the open vowel AHHHH (yes, the same sound you make when you sigh).
In this lesson, I’ll teach you how to pronounce the /ah/ as in father and how to use it in words like office, job, coffee, option and more.

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Hey guys, it’s Hadar and this is TheAccent’s Way. Today we’re going to talkabout how to pronounce the ‘ah’ as in’father’ vowel sound. This vowel sound isvery frequent and very common inAmerican English. However it is often avery confusing sound for non-nativespeakers because of the spelling. The ‘ah’ as infather appears in words like ‘father’,but also in words that are spelled with’O’, as in ‘office’, ‘job’, ‘possible’. Non-nativespeakers usually associated the vowelletter with a pure vowel sound, thereforepronouncing this ‘O’ as “oh” – “oh-fice”, “johb””proh-blem”. Whereas it’s actually a backopen ‘ah’ sound – “aa-fis”, “jaab”, “praa-blm”. Youwant to think of it as if it has two A’sin the spelling rather than an ‘O’ – “ah”. Tomake this sound you have to open yourmouth quite a lot. You have to relax yourjaw – “ah” – right? You don’t need to force openyour mouth – “ah” – but just relax.”Ah”. The lips are totally relaxed, mayberounded just a bit – “ah”. Not too muchbecause then it’s gonna sound like “oh” “oh”,and we don’t want that.”Ah”. The back of the tongue pulls back andit’s really low. If it’s high “ah” “ah”, it’sgonna sound like a central “uh” sound like in ‘cup’, and we don’t want that. We want moreof a back “ah” as in ‘cop’. “Ah” “ah”.Let’s practice few more words: “possible”,”opportunity”, “possibility”. “Paa-s’-bi-l’-dee” andnot “poh-s’-bi-l’-dee”. “Naat” and not “noht”. “Kaa-fee”and not “coh-fee”.”Kaa” – “kaa-fee”. “Ah”, “ah”. You want to relax yourjaw, relax your lips, open your mouth andpronounce it as a back open ‘ah’ sound – “ah”.Okay, that’s it! So turn those “oh” into”ah”s.Just sigh a lot – “ah”. Common spellingpattern of the ‘ah’ as in ‘father’ is, ofcourse ‘O’. ‘A’ as in ‘father’, but that’s morerare. ‘OU’ as in ‘thought’. ‘AW’ as in’awesome’. Some people may pronounce itwith more rounded lips – “awesome” -especially on the East Coast. That’s alsookay. Choose the pronunciation that youare comfortable with because you canmerge these two sounds. The “awe” for’awesome’ and ‘ah’ for ‘awesome’. Right? So ifyou’re more comfortable with pronouncingit as the ‘ah’ as in ‘father’, go for it.”Ah”. Okay. So great job. Great job. “Jaab”. Now,I’m gonna go get some coffee.Okay! Leave me a comment below. Tell me ifit’s an easy sound for you and if notwhat’s difficult about it and practicepractice practice, because that’s what’sgonna make it better and that’s howyou’re going to improve yourpronunciation. Thank you so much forwatching and I’ll see you next week inthe next video. Bye!

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