Learn how to Pronounce CHRISTIAN & CHRISTIANITY in this American English Pronunciation Lesson.

Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ.

Christianity is the religion of Christians.

The words are pronounced: /ˈkrɪsʧən & ˌkrɪsʧiˈænədi/

Improve your accent and speak clearly with this ESL English pronunciation lesson. Jennifer Tarle from Tarle Speech and Language guides you through a quick pronunciation lesson with quick tips to have you sounding clearer in no time. Learn how to pronounce English words correctly to reduce your accent, gain confidence, and speak clearly today!


hey everyone jennifer from tarle speech with your pronunciation question today’s question is apt for this christmas day

how do i pronounce the words christian which is a follower of christianity

and christianity a religion based on the teachings of jesus christ

so i do think people get confused because the person’s name jesus christ is with the long i christ but when we say the word christian and christianity we are actually going to use a short i

so let’s take a look at both of these words

how do we say these words so to say christian we’re going to think about two beats chris chen the mistake i hear as people try to pronounce all of these letters um and say christian and that isn’t correct it’s just two beats two syllables chris chun

for christianity we’re going to have one two three four five beats or five syllables and this gets slightly confusing because we are going to shift the word stress from syllable one on chris to the an adi when we add that ity ending so let’s break these two words down


to say christian we’re going to start with chris and to do this we’re going to say the k and the r sound together in a blend or a cluster to do this tip of your tongue is pointed down for the k back of the tongue is pulled up air puffs out keep your tongue there you’re going to close your mouth a little bit to square tense lip shape and that is going to give you that r sound

you do not want to open your mouth wide between those sounds that will add an extra sound there keep your mouth in about the same position and then just close it add the short sound relaxed mouth your mouth is slightly open tongue is just below those top teeth and then end with an s for that first syllable to do an s the tip of the tongue either behind the top teeth or pointing down it is not touching the t so that air can move out chris

then we’re going to end with chun to do this the ch sound two letters one sound the ch sound to do that touch the tip of your tongue to the back of your top front teeth and then pull the tongue back your lips are going to be puckered

and then you’re going to add the schwa the uh sound your mouth is just open and relaxed and then end with the n the n sound you’re going to do that by touching the tip of your tongue to the back of your top front teeth air is going to move out of your nose i did write it as chin if that’s easier for you to remember like your chin um then you can say it that way as well the key is just a very short and relaxed vowel for syllable two let’s put that all together chris chin christian christian christian


and now for christianity syllable number two instead of the short i is going to be along e chi to make that e you’re going to smile and make that vowel nice and long and then we’re going to say and to do this open your mouth wide tongue tip will be low in your mouth back of the tongue will be pulled up mouth is in a nice wide circle and then move that mouth while you’re closing it move the tongue to the back of the top front teeth again for the n an

this syllable is going to be the loudest the longest and the highest because this is our stressed syllable so again longest vowel a little bit louder and higher in pitch than the others then we’re going to add a schwa uh and then end with d to do that touch the tip of the tongue to the back of the top front teeth and then smile for the e e

all right so let’s put this all together chris chi an a dee chris chi an adee christian adee christianity christianity Christianity let me try it again christianity christian christianity


and now for a sentence it’s a big day for people who follow christianity these christians from around the world will be celebrating christmas

merry christmas everyone wishing you peace and joy in this holiday season

thank you everyone

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