Learn how to pronounce the words RECORD & RECORD 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: /ˈrɛkərd/

Verb: /rəˈkɔrd/


Noun: a list

Verb: to write down


Hello Jennifer from Tarle Speech with your heteronym lesson. Heteronyms, as many of you know, are words that are spelled the same but have different meanings and different pronunciation.

Our words today are a very common request and are often mispronounced leading to some confusion for my students. And the word is a record: a list and
record: to write down.

General rule of thumb when we have heteronyms that are a noun and a verb we’re going to stress syllable number one in the noun and syllable number two in the verb. That is the case here so we have record record record.

We have a few um differences here, so when you stress a syllable, it is louder, the vowel is longer, and it is higher in Pitch. The opposite is true for the other syllables that are unstressed they’re softer, lower in pitch, and have a shorter vowel. We’re seeing all of that here in this lesson. So I’m loving this. Okay so let’s start with the r because that’s the same in both words. To say the r think about having Square tens lips do not touch your teeth with your tongue tip of the tongue is down or flipped back.

For the re you’re going to open your mouth. Mouth is going to be relaxed. You’re going to see the tip of your tongue just between the top and the bottom teeth. And it’s relatively just flat in the middle of the mouth. eh.

To say the long e in re your mouth is going to be more closed. It’s going to be smiling lips and because your mouth is more closed. The tongue is going to be higher and flatter in the mouth so we have reh and then re reh re

record record

Now the K is the same. Tip of the tongue is down, back of the tongue is pulled high up. D is the same in these endings. D. Touch the tip of the tongue to the spot where our teeth meets the skin on the roof of your mouth, air puffs out, voice box is on and moving. For the vowel, slight difference, we have the ER here. That is a static vowel which means your lips are just going to say in the same spot ER.
Our mouth is moving from that o, or, to that ER which is it’s from puckered to square tense lips. Your tongue is going to move from flat, either to point it down or flipped back for that or. So we have ER or ER or

And let’s put this all together:
record record
record record

Stress syllable number one make it louder, longer, higher:record record record

Stress syllable number two for the verb record record record

record record
record record

And now for a sentence: Please record all of the names in your record. Please record all of the names in your record.

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