One of the MOST USEFUL American English pronunciation tips I give my clients is this-
When a conversation breaks down ☹…. think about the most important word in your message.
This is called the focus word.✔
Repeat that focus word again.
But this time, be careful to emphasize the main vowel in that word.☝
Use a slightly higher pitch on that vowel. Lengthen it a bit →. Then pause briefly after the focus word to give your listener time to “get it”.
There is an excellent chance that using this focus word strategy will clear up the misunderstanding.☆
And here’s another TIP for you.
Look at the title of this post.
Notice that the phrasal verb is stressed on the second part. American speakers say them like this: clearUP.
Notice that the compound noun is stressed on the first part. American speakers say them like this: BREAKdowns.
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