Learn how to pronounce the words APPROPRIATE & APPROPRIATE  with this American English heteronym pronunciation lesson. Heteronyms are words that are spelled exactly the same. They just have a different pronunciation and a different meaning.






-to set aside for specific use


Hi everyone it’s Jennifer from Tarle speech with your heteronym lesson. Heteronyms are words that are spelled the same way, that they have different pronunciations, and different meanings.

Our words today are:
-appropriate which means suitable and
-appropriate which means to set aside for specific use

Let’s take a look at these words. The beginning of each of these words is exactly the same. So let’s learn that piece first. We’re going to start with the schwa, the uh. Relaxed mouth, open, tongue is just hanging out in the middle of the mouth. Nice short quick uh.

Next we’re going to move to the pro syllable, and to do that your lips are together for that p. As your lips are together, think about getting your tongue in the right spot for that R. I make my r with the tip of my tongue down, the back of my tongue pulled up. You can also flip the tip of that tongue back, whichever you prefer, just make sure you don’t touch the teeth.

And then we’re going to add that o by puckering our lips.

Pro Pro Pro

So we have a pro

Next we’re going to add pre. You know how to do that PR and then just smile for that e with a nice flat tongue.
a pro pre
a pro pre
a pro pre

Now here’s where the change comes and where these words are different. For the adjective, we are going to say appropriate. Just like the word it.

And to say that you are going to have a relaxed mouth. The tip of your tongue is just behind your top front teeth and then you’re going to touch the back of the teeth, the spot where the teeth meet the skin and the roof of the mouth, for the t.

it it’s it
a pro pre-it
appropriate appropriate appropriate

And I am stressing the syllable Pro.
appropriate appropriate appropriate

Now for the next word, for the verb, we’re actually going to end in ate like I ate dinner. It also sounds like the number eight. So however you want to remember that. And to do that, we’re going to start with that a. And to do that wide open mouth, tip of the tongue is low, back of the tongue is pulled high up. Close the mouth to a smile and then touch the tip of the tongue to the back of the top front teeth where the teeth meet the roof of the mouth ate ate ate

a pro pre ate
appropriate appropriate appropriate

And for this word we’re going to stress the last syllable the ate.

appropriate appropriate appropriate

So let’s try them all together. We have:

appropriate appropriate and appropriate appropriate

You might be hearing a little bit of stress on the pro syllable in the verb when we do stress the ate. Ate gets the main stress and the pro gets the secondary stress. So you might hear a little bit of that there.

So let’s give those a try again:
appropriate appropriate
appropriate appropriate appropriate appropriate

And now for a sentence:

It is not appropriate to appropriate funds for your own use with the business account.

So give it a try people will notice the difference!

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