Learn how to pronounce the words SECRET & SACRED with this American English Pronunciation Lesson.


SECRET: not known or seen by others

SACRED: connect to God or religion


secret: /ˈsikrət/

sacred: /ˈseɪkrəd/


Hey there! Jennifer from Tarle speech. We have two words today. We have secret not known or seen by others and sacred connected to god or religion.

So we have secret and sacred. Okay! I wrote the first part as real words. A lot of people like that. It makes it so much easier to remember. We are going to start with SEE and to do this tip of the tongue is down for that s. Tt can also be behind the top front teeth. Air moves out and then smile nice high and flat tongue for the e. See See like I see you. Say I say a lot of things. Yes I talk for a living and to say that a in say you’re going to open your mouth wide, tip of the tongue is low, back of the tongue is pulled up, and then your tongue moves to flat as your mouth closes. A A A A A

Say. See. Say.

Now let’s look at the ending part of these words. We’re going to start with that k r combination, that blend. There’s no vowel between these two sounds. So your tongue is low in the front, high in the back for the k, and then for the r, er, it just moves a little bit in my mouth K ER as I round my lips into that square tense shape. So KR KR KR

So my tongue is really in the same spot. Tip of the tongue is low back of the tongue is pulled high up. I don’t really move my tongue with the exception of when my mouth closes. There isn’t as much space, so my tongue has to move a little bit as my mouth moves to that square tense shape. So let’s look at that one more time. KR KR KR

Now let’s do krud first for that short u sound uh and then end with the d – d. Touch the tip of your tongue to the back of your top front teeth. Voice box is on and moving. krud krud krud

Now for krit for that short ih sound, your tongue is going to be just behind your top front teeth. Your mouth is relaxed and your tongue is slightly relaxed in your mouth even though it is high. And then you’re going to end with that t – t. Touch the tip of your tongue to the back of your top front teeth and air just puffs out. Some people, if you watch my videos you know this, this short i sound and the short u sound are so similar in unstressed syllables that you might be hearing see krut and that’s okay because the key here is – is that is an unstressed vowel in that syllable. And when we have those unstressed vowels oftentimes people will vary whether they’re saying the short i, e, u.because they’re all super short and a little more relaxed.

All right, let’s put these together. I’m going to do the krit for you. Okay see krit see krit secret secret secret. You can also say secret or secret. Totally fine. And then say krud say krud
sacred sacred sacred
secret sacred
secret sacred

And now for a sentence:
There are many times in history where sacred rituals had to be performed in secret.

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