Learn how to pronounce the words COMPRESS & COMPRESS 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.
-a pad of absorbent material pressed onto part of the body to relieve inflammation or stop bleeding
-to flatten by pressure; squeeze or press
Hi everyone Jennifer from Tarle speech with your heteronym lesson. Heteronyms are words that are spelled the same but are pronounced differently and have different meanings.
Our words today are
-compress which is a pad that is applied um to provide some relief like a cold compress to the head or
-to compress which means to push down, to try to make something smaller
So to say these words syllable 2 is the same in each word. Let’s start with those. We’re going to start with the pr to do this your lips are closed to start that P. Think about when your lips are closed to have your tongue ready for the r. Tip of the tongue down or flipped back, back of the tongue is pulled high up, per per
Next add that short eh – mouth is open. You can see the tip of the tongue just between the top and the bottom teeth. It’s not touching anything and then you can either keep the tongue there or point it down for that s.
press press press
So let’s move to syllable number one. We’re going to start and end with the same sounds. We’re going to start with that k sound – the K
And to do that tip of the tongue is down, back of the tongue is pulled high up, air just Puffs out. The last sound the m, lips are together, air moves out of the nose.
The difference is the vowel in com, we’re going to open wide in an oval shape. Tip of the tongue is down, back of the tongue is pulled high up for that oh – com com com
And then when we add that with press, again stress syllable number one.
compress compress compress compress
For compress, again unstressed vowel in syllable one, that short uh sound. Jjust a relaxed open mouth.
cum cum cum
compress compress compress
So again we have
And now for a sentence:
Trying to compress all of these clothes into these bags is giving me a headache. I think I need a compress to cure my headache.
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Heteronyms: Words that are spelled the same but have different pronunciation