In honor of the Fourth of July holiday here in the U.S., I’m gonna give you a quick lesson on how to say the word independence like a native speaker of American English
You might think that you’re saying the word independence perfectly already.
But chances are, you’re not.
I’m sure that people understand you when you say the word independence.
But you’re probably NOT saying it like a native speaker of American English.
Let me ask you three questions
1. How many vowel sounds do you hear when you say the word independence?
2. How many vowel sounds are stressed?
3. How many vowel sounds are reduced?
Here are my answers
1. When I say independence I hear four vowel sounds.
2. I only stress the third vowel sound.
3. I reduce the sounds of the other three vowel sounds.
Here’s the pattern
You can listen here
If you want to say independence like a native speaker, you need to know how to do this!
Do you need to sound like a native speaker?
Do you need to sound like a native when you speak American English?
No, as long as you speak in manner that’s clear and engaging you’ll be fine.
But those of you who want to sound as native as possible absolutely need to learn which vowel sounds to stress and which vowel sounds to reduce in the words you say everyday.
Have a wonderful Fourth of July Holiday!
About the author
Susan Ryan is an American English communication and accent reduction coach.
Her training programs will teach you how speak American English in a way that your colleagues will respect and understand!