How to say “Vulnerable”

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When I was asked to explain the word vulnerable, I immediately had a vision of myself 15 years back, struggling with this word as I was trying to express myself in a delicate situation.. “I’m feeling vul.. vune.le. re..labol?”

The word vulnerable has some important sounds to discuss like the Schwa and the dark L, and difference between a W and a V.
But mostly, the word ‘vulnerable’ is a beautiful, delicate word that distills the experience of the non-native speaker when struggling to pronounce a certain word.

How to pronounce ‘vulnerable’:

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Hey guys, it’s Hadar, and

this is the accent’s way.

Poro Shatam, ask me to talk

about the word vulnerable.

Now, I do not want you to

feel vulnerable while saying

this word and this is why I’m gonna

explain to you how to say this word

clearly and effortlessly.

So let’s begin.

We begin with a V sound.

To make the V sound, you bring

the bottom lip to the top teeth.

You release air with sound.

(sounds out V)

Now this sounds very

simple for some speakers

but for others, hi Russian

speakers, this sound

is sometimes confused with a W sound.

So you may see something

like wulnweable, wul,

instead of vulnerable.

Now here’s the difference,

to make the V sound you gotta have contact

so the bottom lip must

tough the top teeth.

(sounds out V)

You have this friction sound and you feel

the vibrations and its

tickling a little bit.

(sounds out V)

To make the wua sound,

you just round the lips

and there is no contact.

Your teeth are not involved.

(sounds out W)

So you do want to have contact here.

(sounds out V) x2

Now you shift to the uh,

as is cup, love, fun.

A very neutral vowel, it’s also considered

to be a stressed schwa.

The tongue is you know pretty relaxed

in the center of the mouth,

the jaw drops, the lips are relaxed.

Uh, vuh.

But, then you have an L

sound and this is a dark L

so it covers the vowel before.


And it actually sounds

like your putting a neutral

“uh” sound or the “ah” as

in “all” before the L sound.

Vul, vul

Then you shift to an N sound and a schwa.

Vul nuh

and then another schwa, ruh,

and then another schwa, bul.

Ner-a-ble, ner-a-ble.


Now since the cup sound the the

schwa are not that different

then the jaw is pretty

much in the same place

for the entire word.

Vulnerable, vulnerable.

The emphasis is different

because the first

syllable is more stressed.

So I engage more energy here.

Vul, it’s a little higher in pitch,

then the rest of the syllables

that are soft, lower in pitch

and shorter.


I’m feeling very vulnerable today.


All right, good.

Say this word slowly a few times

until you get used to

the new pronunciation,

practice it over and over and over

and then use it in a sentence.

That’s the only way to make a change

and really get this new

word into your system.

All right so I hope this answers

your question Poro Shatam,

and I hope it helps you guys as well.

All right so that’s it,

thank you for watching.

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and have more great content.

Have a great week, and

I’ll see you next week

in the next video.


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