How do you say collaborative?
In my accent reduction coaching program, one word that I frequently work on with my clients is collaborative.
This can be a challenging word to pronounce if you don’t know how to use syllable stress & the schwa vowel sound.
Let’s break it down
The word collaborative has 5 syllables. But we SAY it using only 4 syllables.
- The second syllable has the most stress. So the A in that syllable needs a long, clear /ae/ sound.
- The first syllable is reduced. So the O in that syllable needs a reduced schwa /ə/ vowel sound.
- The T in the last syllable should be said with a quick /d/ sound.
Here’s my respelling of this word
The spelled version doesn’t really match the pronunciation, does it? That’s why I use respelling with my clients.
Other words that my clients learn to say correctly
Here are a few other words that I teach my accent reduction coaching clients to say clearly & correctly
Once you learn the rules for syllable stress & schwa, you’ll be able to say these words and hundreds of others, in a way that Americans understand right away.
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