Hey there! It’s Hadar and this is the Accent’s Way. Today we’re going to talk
about the most complicated names of TV shows out there.
Complicated for non-native speakers and how to pronounce them correctly.
This is a list that you actually came up with after I posted about it on Facebook.
So let’s get started
The first syllable is STREIN
You start with S and then you move on to the TR.
The TR sounds sort of like a CH sound. STRAY. That’s the A as in ‘day’.
So it’s not stre-, stre-
STREIN and then you close it with an N.
The next syllable is -GER.
ʤər. You start with a G sound and you
move it directly to the R. -ʤər, ʤər.
There is no vowel in between. STRAIN-ger.
And then the last word is THINGS.
Stick the tongue up for the TH, relaxed ‘I’.
and end it with a Z. Because the S is pronounced as a Z.
THINGS, Stranger Things.
They should have never given us uniforms if they didn’t want us to be an army.
The Handmaid’s Tale.
Like any good complicated word, we start with a TH.
Make sure that the vowel after is
very reduced. So it’s not THE, THE.
Then you move on to the H. HAND. If you tend to not pronounce the H be sure to pronounce it.
You need to release air from your
throat. It’s like a whisper.
H, the H-h-and.
Then you move on to the A sound that is
slightly modified. Drop your jaw, listen
You hear this transition? Do it!
Then it’s an N and the D
but because there is an M right after The Hand- maids. Right
So the D is swallowed. You don’t say ‘The HanDmade’, you don’t have fully pronounce the D.
Sometimes you can even drop it and no one will notice
if you say it’s super fast.
The HaNmaid’s, The HaNmaid’s
The hannnnmaids right.
And if you wanna pronounce it properly the handddd.
The D is the held D. You don’t release it.
The Handdd — you move on to the N.
th-‘HAN-meidz. Z not an S.
TALE. An aspirated T, a long A as in ‘day’ and a dark L. te-y’l
Sounds like you’re adding a y-sound right before the L. te-y’l
The Handmaid’s Tale.
Pretty Little Liars.
A lot of flap T’s here.
So we start with PR. Round your lips a little bit for the R, bring it back the tongue.
PRI and then it’s a relaxed ‘I’ sound. Not PRE-ty but pri, pri
Then a flap T and a high E.
Then we have the word ‘little’.
I have a full video just about the word ‘little’. So go check it out.
Pretty li- . An L-sound and a relaxed ‘I’.
flap T and a dark L. So imagine like there is an O in between
pri-dee li-d’l laɪ-ərz
And then you move on to the L.
And then laɪ-ərz. You add a y-sound, a schwa in an R.
pri-dee li-d’l laɪ-ərz, pri-dee li-d’l laɪ-ərz.
That’s such a tongue twister.
Pretty Little Liars, Pretty.. Pretty Little Liars, Pretty Little Liars.
Big Little Lies. Almost the same but
The only difference is that we have the
It starts with a relaxed ‘I’. Not BEEG but BIG, Big.
Move on to the word LITTLE. You already know how to pronounce it.
Big Little and then another L. LIES.
Close it with a Z. Big Little Lies.
Have you watched Pretty Little Liars
last night? Oh no I watched Big Little LIes.
Oh god I can’t watch this.
You start with a B-sound then the L, BL but make the L a little heavier.
Then open it to the A and ‘cat’. blak
Close it with a K blak. Move on to
the M of ‘mirror.
black mi- relaxed ‘I’
and then don’t get all confused with the R
in the O and the R.
Just make it like a long R. Mirr, mirr.
How could you not just pronounce that like one long R.
mir’r, blak mir’r
It’ll make your life a lot easier and the name is going to sound a lot clearer.
mirror, black mirror.
Have you seen the new season of Black Mirror? Oh it’s so black!
Game of Thrones.
So the word GAME is rather easy. Make sure you bring your lips together for the M at the end.
Then you move on to a reduced word and that is the word ‘of’.
So actually you wanna connect those two together.
geɪm əv, geɪm əv
Then stick the tongue out for the word THRONES.
You start with a TH then an R. THR, THR
pull the tongue in for the R so it doesn’t hit anything on the way up. Thrones right
Thro-o-o so you can also prolong it for a little bit
until you make sure that you pronounce the R sound correctly.
Throw ‘O’ as in ‘go’. Make sure you add a W at the end.
Throne and add a Z.
Thrones, Game of Thrones, Game of Thrones, Game of Thrones.
Orange is the New Black.
Orange is the New Black. Orange is the New Black.
I guess the hardest part here ‘is the’, ‘is the’, ‘is the’.
You need to train your tongue to go through this transition
between the Z-sound of ‘is’ and
the TH. ‘z’th, ‘z’th, ‘z’th, ‘z’th.
So let’s do this for half an hour so.
You start with a TH then an R. THR, THR
See a lot easier. Is the
Orange is the, o-r’nj’z’th
and then we have the first word
to add. o-r’nj’z’th
Now the first syllable is OR- Round your lips for the ‘O’, make sure that you don’t bring the tongue up too soon.
So it’s not ‘ərange’ but OR, OR and from here you move to -range/rənʤ.
So it’s kind like you have two R’s here: ɔR-Rənʤ.
An R a schwa and the nʤ-sound. ɔrənʤ
You bring the tongue up for the N and then you close it with -ʤ.
So you technically you’re doing something like this nʤ-nʤ with your tongue.
o-r’nj’, o-r’nj’z’th okay and then you move on to this transition that you’ve already mastered
o-r’nj’z’th nuw. An N-sound, and then
the long U sound as in ‘food’
and you don’t have to say it as ‘new’. You don’t have to add the y-sound right beofre the ‘u’. nuw
You can just do it like this ‘nuw’ cuz you’re chill and your hip and your cool.
o-r’nj’z’th nuw blak
B and an L, BL and then an A as in ‘cat’. Blak.
Drop your jaw, so it doesn’t sound like ‘blek’ or ‘blak’, blæk.
Push your tongue forward the lips pull to the sides a bit and close it with a K.
Orange’s the New Black, Orange’s the New Black.
I’m in a dream.
You’re in my dream.
I mean WORLD alone is a challenging word right.
So let’s first learn how to pronounce that.
You start with the W and then you move on to the R immediately. Were There’s no ‘O’ in the middle.
So don’t say something like ‘wOrld’ okay
Just switch from the W to the R and be chill, be chill. were
Then the L is long, is deep it’s it’s a back dark open L sound.
A lot of times people drop the L when they say something like ‘word’, ‘Westword’.
That’s a different name. Westworld ‘o-o-l’
You want to make sure that you hear that dark deep L sound.
And only when you bring the tongue up for the D and it has to be light.
Once you hear the D that’s it. the word is over. So it’s it shouldn’t be too dominant.
Know the WESTstarts with a W and then it’s the ‘ɛ’ as in red. Wɛs
So you want to drop your jaw here and then the S is pronounced until it is stopped abruptly
and that is technically the T. Wɛs, wɛs
So I don’t really pronounce the T. It’s not ‘west’, ‘wes’ moving on to the next word ‘world’. Wesworld okay
So all these consonants that were kind of squeezing together.
So in order to pronounce it clearly follow my guidelines
and then do it over and over and over and over again like 20-30 times until you get your tongue around it.
Queer as Folk.
Here the ‘as’ is a function word but we’re going to pronounce it fully.
Queer has a high E-sound and then you shift to the R. kwee-r
Make sure you don’t bring the tongue up too soon cuz then it’s gonna sound like kwer
kwee-r So give some space for the high E to be pronounced kwee-r
then open your mouth for the A in ‘cat’ and close it with the Z not an S. kwee-raz
And then we have the word FOLK/fowk.
It is not ‘folk’. There is no L and the O is a long O as in ‘go’. fowk
Queer as folk. Connect it all together. kwee-raz-fowk
I can’t accept your proposal.
What just happend?
BATSH-l’r. You start with a B and then it’s the A as in ‘cat’. Batch- close it with a CH-sound
The first syllable Batch-
And then the most important thing here is that you don’t pronounce the O.
It’s not -lore but it’s ‘l’r’
And on the contrary, we have bachelorette
So we start the same batch- lo-rett
Here we do pronounce an ɛ-sound at the end and that’s where the stress lies:
bacheloRET, BATCHelor, the BATCHelor, the bacheloRET.
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and if there are any other shows that I’ve
forgotten to mention
that are difficult for you to pronounce.
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