How do you pronounce equivalent?
At least once a week, one of my accent reduction coaching clients will ask me how to to pronounce the word equivalent.
Equivalent is a challenging word, so let’s break it down by syllable.
How to say E QUI VA LENT (4 syllables)
STEP 1. Reduce the sound of the first E. This E has a reduced schwa vowel sound /ǝ/.
STEP 2. Pronounce QU with a rounded /kw/ sound.
STEP 3. Stress the second syllable -KWI.
STEP 4. Reduce the vowels in the last two syllables. These have schwa vowel sounds /ǝ/.
Listen to the answer! ǝ KWI➝ vǝ lǝn’
Three things you need for clear American English
In order to pronounce equivalent and other American English words correctly, you need to use:
The schwa sound, the held T sound and syllable stress are all key features of the American accent.
You can’t speak clear American English if you don’t know how to use these sounds.
Where can you learn to use these sounds?
I teach you to use the schwa sound, the held T sound and syllable stress in all my American accent training programs.
Check out my programs if you want to learn how Americans really speak!
About the author
Susan Ryan is an American English communication and accent reduction coach.