How to say Literally

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The word literally is vastly used in English as.. a filler word.
Which means that sometimes people use it in addition to a perfectly structured sentence not because of its literal meaning but for the sake of sounding more ‘natural’, filling in the gaps and buying time to come up with the rest of the sentence.

I’m not a filler word hater like many of my colleagues in the public speaking industry.
As non-native speakers, we sometimes need the additional split second to retrieve a missing word. The fact is that everyone uses it to a certain degree. It’s all a matter of moderation.

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I literally use literally
in every other sentence.

Hey, it’s Hadar

and this is the Accent’s Way.

And today we’re gonna talk
about the word literally.

Literally is one of those
literally abused words

in the language

because people use it, not
only when they need to use it,

but also as a filler word,

which is a valid reason
for us to practice it

to say it correctly, literally.

Let’s start with the first syllable.

You start with an L-sound
and then it’s i as in sit,

it’s not lee-terally, it’s li, li

notice that the L is a little heavier,

it’s not super light.

Li, li, but a little heavier,

you engage the back of the tongue.

Li, li, this is the first syllable

and also the primary stress

so it’s longer and higher in pitch, Li.

Then the second syllable is a flat T,

which sounds like a D,

lida, da, da,

but it’s not a strong D.

It’s a very, very light D,

it’s a very small tap.

Lida, da, can you hear that?

Lida and a schwa right after,

which is a reduced vowel.

Lida, lida,

and then an R sound around your lips,

bring the tongue up.

Lida rrr,

you have to hear this
continuous, tense sound

and then a schwa.

Lida ra, lida ra,

and then you bring the tongue up

for another L, lee,

and then end it with a high E.

Lee, it’s a secondary stress

so it’s going to be a little longer

than the previous two
syllables, the two schwas,

literally, ta da ta ta,


All right, that’s it, I’m literally done.

And I hope this was helpful

and I would literally appreciate it

if you literally shared this entire video

with literally all your friends.


Have a great week and
I’ll see you next week

in the next video.


(blooper beep)
I literally, literally.

I literally used literally–

literally used literally

in every other sentence.

I can’t speak, literally!

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