Learn how to pronounce the words LAB & LABORATORY with this quick English Speaking Pronunciation lesson.

A laboratory or lab is a place for scientific exploration.

These words are pronounced:

Lab is pronounced /læb/ and rhymes with cab, tab, fab, jab.

Laboratory is pronounced /ˈlæbrətɔri/

The scientist spent many hours in his laboratory.

The scientist spent many hours in his lab.

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Hi everyone this is Jennifer from Tarle speech with your pronunciation question. Our question today is how do I pronounce the word laboratory, and that is a place for scientific exploration. So quick tip first, if this word is too difficult to say you can just say lab for short and everyone is going to understand you.

So to say the word lab correctly start with the l: tip of the tongue is behind the top front teeth, lips are kind of pulled back, make sure you don’t pucker them. We do not want that. And then we are going to move to that short a sound wide open circle mouth, tip of the tongue down, back of the tongue pulled way high up, and then end with the b, close the lips and the air puffs out of the mouth.
lab lab lab
so again you can stop watching the video if that works for you, but if you want to say the longer word, let’s get into the rest of the lesson.
So we’re going to talk about four syllables lab ra tor ee labra tori laboratory laboratory laboratory

So to do this we’re going to start with the lab, and then we’re going to say ra. To do this for the r sound think of square tense lips, you don’t want to pucker your lips too much, you don’t want to smile too much, you want them square and tense, the tip of your tongue will either be pointing down or flipped back, as long as the back of that tongue is pulled way high up towards the roof of the mouth, and is nice and tense. Then we’re going to relax the mouth and add that short uh sound. That schwa sound labra labra labra then we’re going to move to the tor. To do this touch the tip of the tongue to the back of the top front teeth for the t, the air puffs out, then we’re going to pucker, and then move to the r: or or tore and then smile because it’s all over, you’re finished, and add that nice long e.

Let’s put it all together labra tour e laborator e laboratory laboratory laboratory laboratory laboratory laboratory
And now for a sentence:
The scientist spent many hours in his laboratory.
And if you want to be quicker about it you can say The scientist spent many hours in his lab.
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