Episode Transcript

Hey guys, it’s Hadar and this is The
Accent’s Way. Today we’re going to talk

about how to pronounce the ‘ah’ as in
‘father’ vowel sound. This vowel sound is

very frequent and very common in
American English. However it is often a

very confusing sound for non-native
speakers because of the spelling. The ‘ah’ as in

father appears in words like ‘father’,
but also in words that are spelled with

‘O’, as in ‘office’, ‘job’, ‘possible’. Non-native
speakers usually associated the vowel

letter with a pure vowel sound, therefore
pronouncing this ‘O’ as “oh” – “oh-fice”, “johb”

“proh-blem”. Whereas it’s actually a back
open ‘ah’ sound – “aa-fis”, “jaab”, “praa-blm”. You

want to think of it as if it has two A’s
in the spelling rather than an ‘O’ – “ah”. To

make this sound you have to open your
mouth quite a lot. You have to relax your

jaw – “ah” – right? You don’t need to force open
your mouth – “ah” – but just relax.

“Ah”. The lips are totally relaxed, maybe
rounded just a bit – “ah”. Not too much

because then it’s gonna sound like “oh” “oh”,
and we don’t want that.

“Ah”. The back of the tongue pulls back and
it’s really low. If it’s high “ah” “ah”, it’s

gonna sound like a central “uh” sound like in ‘cup’, and we don’t want that. We want more

of a back “ah” as in ‘cop’. “Ah” “ah”.
Let’s practice few more words: “possible”,

“opportunity”, “possibility”. “Paa-s’-bi-l’-dee” and
not “poh-s’-bi-l’-dee”. “Naat” and not “noht”. “Kaa-fee”

and not “coh-fee”.
“Kaa” – “kaa-fee”. “Ah”, “ah”. You want to relax your

jaw, relax your lips, open your mouth and
pronounce it as a back open ‘ah’ sound – “ah”.

Okay, that’s it! So turn those “oh” into

Just sigh a lot – “ah”. Common spelling
pattern of the ‘ah’ as in ‘father’ is, of

course ‘O’. ‘A’ as in ‘father’, but that’s more
rare. ‘OU’ as in ‘thought’. ‘AW’ as in

‘awesome’. Some people may pronounce it
with more rounded lips – “awesome” –

especially on the East Coast. That’s also
okay. Choose the pronunciation that you

are comfortable with because you can
merge these two sounds. The “awe” for

‘awesome’ and ‘ah’ for ‘awesome’. Right? So if
you’re more comfortable with pronouncing

it 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 if

it’s an easy sound for you and if not
what’s difficult about it and practice

practice practice, because that’s what’s
gonna make it better and that’s how

you’re going to improve your
pronunciation. Thank you so much for

watching and I’ll see you next week in
the next video. Bye!