Learn how to pronounce the words CONFLICT & CONFLICT 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.
Noun: a fight or disagreement
Verb: to act against
Jennifer from Tarle Speech with your Friday heteronym lesson. Heteronyms are words that are spelled the same. They’re pronounced differently with different spellings.
I have two words today. And I think if you’ve been watching, you are almost going to be able to teach this lesson, because it’s the same pattern as the past few weeks.
Our words today are conflict which is a fight or a disagreement and conflict which is to act against.
So we have the same rule: nouns stress syllable one; verb stress syllable two. Another pattern you might be seeing is when we have a stressed syllable that begins with con, we tend to say cun. But when we have that unstressed syllable, we just relax our mouth, and make things short and simple, and we say that short uh sound. cun
All right! So let’s start with syllable number one in both of these words. For both of these words, we’re going to start with the k sound. Tip of the tongue is down, back of the tongue is pulled high up. Air puffs out. Keep your tongue in that same spot. Open your mouth more for that oh and then move the tip of the tongue to the spot where your teeth meet the roof of your mouth for that m. Air moves out of your nose.
When you’re saying the syllable Kun, the unstressed syllable, just relax your mouth in the middle for that uh sound. cun cun cun.
Now Flict. This is a little complicated. Let’s take our time. We are going to start with that F sound. You can either bite the inside. Bite, I’m using that as a general term, meaning you are going to be touching your teeth to the inside or the outside of your bottom lip. Air moves out of the mouth. Next move the tongue to behind the top front teeth. It’s that spot where the teeth meet the skin on the roof of the mouth for that l. L. Hold it there for an extra second. fl fl fl.
You can see when I move from that F to the L my mouth is not moving a lot. All the action is happening inside of my mouth and do that so that you do not add an extra vowel which would equate to an extra syllable. You don’t want to say fuh l. We don’t want that. fl
Next we’re going to add that short e sound. To do that, your mouth is basically relaxed. The tip of the tongue is behind the top front teeth. It is not peeking out, but it’s just there, and your tongue is generally relaxed. eh eh
Next, move to that K. Tip of the tongue is down, back of the tongue is pulled way high up. Then take the tip of the tongue and take it to the top of the mouth to the spot where the teeth meet the skin on the roof of your mouth for the t.
Put that all together
f lih ik t
fl ik t
So we have
And now for a sentence:
There was a conflict in the schedule which led to a conflict between the colleagues.
Give it a try people are going to notice the difference.
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