Learn how to Pronounce VERY and VARY with this American English Homophones Pronunciation Lesson.

These words are pronounced the same way: V-AIR-E or /vɛri/

VERY means to a high degree or precise.

VARY means to change or differing in size, amount, or degree

Sentence: It is very good to vary your practice words each week.

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Hello! Jennifer from Tarle Speech with your Two for Tuesday!

Our words today are earn – to obtain money

and urn – a tall round vase with a base and a lid.

So earn and urn are homophones – homophones are two words that are spelled differently and have different meanings but they are pronounced exactly the same way. So these words are pronounced exactly the same way.

So to say these words correctly we only have two little sounds we’re going to start with the er sound. The American er I like to describe as long and strong. You can make that with square tensed lips you do not want to pucker. If you pucker it’ll sound more like a w. So square tense lips and the tip of your tongue can either be pointed down or flipped back. It never touches your teeth for the r sounds and the back of your tongue is going to be pulled up high towards the roof of your mouth. er er er

Now you need to move the tip of your tongue to the back of the top front teeth and the air is going to shift from coming out of your mouth for the er to out of your nose for the er.

er n earn

earn earn earn earn earn earn earn

You need to earn more money in order to afford to buy the expensive urn.

Give it a try I hope people notice the difference!

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Hi there! Jennifer from Tarle speech with your two for Tuesday.

I’m making these videos back to back and our uh words last week were bury and berry which are homophones and they are pronounced the same. Our words today are very and vary and the reason that i’m doing these two words today is because so many of my students struggle with the difference between the b and the v so let’s learn these two words. We have very which is precise or to a high degree and vary to change or differ in size amounts and degree so this is precise and this is to change. So to say these words correctly you’re going to start with that v sound to make this sound your mouth must be slightly open and the air must continually come out of your mouth in a stream you can put your hand here and you should be able to feel the air coming out of your mouth. To do that again your mouth is slightly open your lips do not close at all if your lips close it will sound like a b and then you’re going to have the words from last week bury and berry. And we don’t want that so to say this v my lips are slightly pulled back on the sides I am not puckering. My mouth is open and you can bite the inside or the outside of your bottom lip with your teeth. When I say bite it’s sort of like it’s touching. Okay so you can do with your teeth inside or with your teeth outside of your mouth either is okay the big thing is to make sure that that air keeps moving out of your mouth for that v and that your lips do not close again. If your lips close B if your lips stay open the air can come out vvv. So we have v and then we’re going to move to the air open your mouth really wide and a wide circle tip of the tongue is down back of the tongue is pulled high up keep the back of the tongue pulled high up in the back of the mouth and you’re going to close your mouth into a square tense shape. As you close your mouth the tip of your tongue will come up I leave mine pointing down some people flip the tongue back either is fine the key is do not touch your teeth. Again do not touch your teeth for the r we don’t do that with the American r so we have air and then smile e and make that vowel nice and long and your tongue is just high and flat in your mouth let’s put it all together.

v airy very very very very very very very and now for a sentence. It is a very good idea to vary your practice words each week. So give it a try people are going to notice the difference if you found this helpful please give us a like a share and subscribe. Don’t forget if you’re looking for more help we have products on google play and iTunes and class options at Tarle speech thanks so much everyone have a great week!