Learn how to pronounce the words MINUTE & MINUTE 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: 60 seconds
Adjective: very tiny
Hello it’s Jennifer from Tarle speech with your heteronym lesson. Heteronyms are words that are spelled the same, that they have different pronunciations, and different meanings. Our words today are minute which means 60 seconds and minute which means tiny.
So to say minute which is the noun, we are going to start with the n sound. To do this, lips are together, air is moving out of your nose, then we’re going to add that short i sound. To do that my mouth is relatively relaxed and my tongue is flat and just behind my top front teeth. If you tend to say e you need to, that’s the smiling higher vowel e, just relax your lips and relax your cheeks a little bit and your tongue will pop down and will be right in that correct spot. Then touch the tip of your tongue to the back of your top front teeth for that n. Air again moves out of your nose. min min min
Then we’re going to end with it again short i sound. Tongue is just behind your top front teeth and it’s relaxed and your cheeks and your lips are relaxed. And then we’re going to add that t. Touch the tip of your tongue to the back of your top front teeth. For that this is just like the word it. So we’re going to put that all together. minute minute minute.
For minute, which means tiny, that’s an adjective, we are going to start with the word my. Just like me, my, and I wrote it as my the word. But if you’re curious it is the long i sound. To make that i sound, you’re gonna open your mouth wide, and um in a wide circle shape. Tip of the tongue is low, back of the tongue is pulled high up, and then you’re gonna move to a smile. i As you do that your tongue is going to move and it’s going to be high and flat in the mouth.
Next we’re going to move to a new syllable. To start that new syllable we’re going to start with the n sound. Air moves out of the nose, tip of the tongue is touching the back of the top front teeth, then we’re going to add that ew vowel long vowel made with puckered lips ew. Not many places for your tongue to go it’s just sort of flat in your mouth there. It’s not touching anything and then we’re going to end with the t. Touch the tip of the tongue to the back of the top front teeth.
my newt my newt minute
You’re probably hearing a stress difference. Excellent since you’ve been watching a lot of these heteronym lessons. To make the stress in syllables different within a word the stressed syllable must have a longer vowel, be higher in pitch, and be louder. Where the unstressed syllable is softer, lower in pitch, and shorter. We are going to stress syllable number one in minute, and syllable number two in minute.
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And now for a sentence: Give me a minute and then I will explain the minute differences in the sounds.
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