This viewer question comes from China: “Can you tell me how to speak “interview, indefinitely, written, palm, twenty, forty, sixty” etc. Thank you because I’m very confused.”
This is a big question. I think the best way to approach this question is to look at syllables and spelling.
Syllables are beats in a word. For instance, my name, Jennifer, has 3 syllables: Jen uh fer. Tarle has 2: Tar l.
Spelling guides our pronunciation, but is not a recipe for speaking. As I always say in my classes, “there are exceptions to every spelling rule.” So confusing! Yes, I agree. You may need to listen to the word, slowly, or ask a native speaker to tell you the syllables.
For the words that you listed, I will write them in syllables and sounds below:
|Interview||IN TER VIEW||IH, N, T, ER, V, EW|
|Indefinitely||IN DEF IN IT LY||IH, N, D, EH, F, IH, N, T, L, E|
|Written||WRI TEN||R, IH, T, N|
|Palm||PALM||P, AH, L, M|
|Twenty||TWEN TY||T, W, EH, N, T, E|
|Forty||FOR TY||F, OR, T, E|
|Sixty||SIX TY||S, IH, K, S, T, E|