Learn to pronounce the words VIOLET, VIOLENCE, VIOLENT with this American English Pronunciation Lesson.


Violet a flower or shade of purple.

Violent means involving force.

Violence is a behavior intended to harm.


violet: /ˈvaɪəlɪt or ˈvaɪlət/

violence /ˈvaɪələns or ˈvaɪləns/

violent /ˈvaɪələnt or ˈvaɪlənt/

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Hi everyone Jennifer from Tarle speech with your pronunciation question of the week.

We have three words today:
violet the flower or a shade of purple
violence a behavior intended to harm and
violent means involving force

Let’s take a look at our words. I’m going to start by teaching you how to say these sounds with two beats.

I always think less is more. Let’s start with syllable one for all of these. It’s the same and that is vi. To do this, we’re going to start with that v sound. To do this your lips are going to be open. You’re going to be gently touching your teeth. Sometimes they say biting the inside or the outside of your bottom lip. Air is going to continue to move out of your mouth.

If you close your lips it is going to sound like a b and we don’t want that. It is V with the air moving out not B with the air puffing out. So again V.

Next we’re going to move to that long I sound. To do that open your mouth in a wide circle I. Tip of your tongue starts very low, back of your tongue is pulled high up, as you close your mouth to a smile, your tongue will move to high and flat in your mouth.

Now for violet, we’re going to end with lut. To do this, touch the tip of your tongue to the back of your top front teeth. To be super specific, where your teeth meet the roof of your mouth. Add that short ah and then end with the t. Do this by touching the tip of the tongue to the back of the top front teeth and the air pops out. lut vi lit violet violet violet

Now for violence, again, we’re going to start with that l and u again. For the n the difference here, the tip of your tongue is still touching the back of your top front teeth, but instead of the air puffing out of your mouth, it’s going to move out of your nose, and then you’re going to pull your tongue down away from your teeth. It’s either just behind your top teeth, or it could be pointing down, and air is going to move out of your mouth for that unss luns luns lungs vi luns violence violence violence

Now for violent, again, we know that l-u-n, when your tongue is here for the n, air is moving out of your nose. We’re going to shift the air to puffing out of the mouth, and we’re going to pull that tongue tip down.

lunt lunt violent violent violent

So we have violet violence violent

I do hear some people add a schwa and you can totally do that. iI actually left a little space there and you could say violet, violence, or violent. Another difference I hear is sometimes I hear people say a long o violet, violence, violent.

So you have many options here. I do think saying two beats is always easiest: violet, violence, violent, but you do have options. And you can add that schwa: violet, violence, and violent. Or you can have the long o if you want: violet, violence, and violent.

So I have a sentence for you. I didn’t want to use the word violent in a sentence. It sounded so wrong. But I googled and I have a great sentence:

The Violet Violence is a band that I learned about while preparing for this video.

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