Learn how to pronounce the words NATURE & NURTURE with this American English Pronunciation Lesson.
Nature: basic inherent features or characteristics
Nurture: care and encouragement of development
Hi it’s Jennifer from Tarle Speech with your question of the week.
We have two words today:
nature which is basic inherent features or characteristics and
nurture which is the care and encouragement of development
These words look very confusing because the spellings are almost the same. But this is a fairly easy lesson. Both of these words end with cher. So let’s get that out of the way. To say the ch sound you’re going to start with the t sound ttt and then you’re going to pull your tongue back. And as you pull your tongue back, it’s going to end in that sh sound sh sh sh
Here’s the trick! You have to do that very quickly and make it a new sound. For some of you who are new to my channel ch is two letters representing one sound. There’s no h in this sound. So let’s try this ch. Touch the teeth and then pull the tongue back. Ch ch ch
You can see my lips are kind of rounded a little bit. They’re in a little bit of that square tense lip shape. And the reason they’re there is I’m getting ready for that er and for that er sound the tip of your tongue is either pointed down to the bottom of the mouth or flipped back. Back of the tongue is pulled way high up and is really tense and strong. And the key is, is that you do not want to move the tip of your tongue to trill that r or to tap that r. So keep it nice and stable and try to make that er at the end longer and stronger.
Okay let’s put this all together cher cher cher
OK! We’re halfway there.
Now for nay what you’re going to do is you’re going to start with that n: nnn. Air moves out of your nose and your tongue is touching the back of your top front teeth or to be super specific the little spot where your teeth meet the skin on the roof of your mouth. Then you’re going to move to that long a sound. And to do that, open wide, tongue will be low, and then move to a smile and your tongue will be nice and high and flat a a a.
And then for the ner in nurture, again, start with that n. Air moves out of your nose and then you’re going to add that er. Again to review tip of the tongue is down or flipped back. Back of the tongue is way high up and tense. er Nice square lips, square and tense, ner.
Now let’s put those all together:
nature nature nature
nurture nurture nurture
And now for a sentence:
What is more important to a person’s success: nature or nurture?
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