Do you know how to pronounce patent?
At least once a week, one of my accent reduction coaching clients asks me how to pronounce the word patent.
Here’s my explanation.
How to pronounce patent
Lengthen the vowel sound in the first syllable.* Use an /ae/ as in Black vowel sound.
Do not use an /ay/ as in Gray sound. We don’t do that in the US.
There are two held t sounds.
The t before n is held. The /n/ sound becomes long.
The final t is held.
My spelling looks like this: pa➝’nn’
How to speak clear American style English
In order to speak English in a style that’s clear to Americans, you need to learn the rules for:
- syllable stress & vowel length
- the American T sounds
If you learned English outside the US, you probably don’t use these sounds.
I show you exactly how to use these key features of American English in my accent reduction coaching program.
* most 2 syllable nouns are stressed on the first syllable.