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    Snack and Snake

    Hello, native speaker and teachers!

    I'm still struggling with correct pronunciation of "snack". Whenever I say the word, more than80% of chance,
    my friends in US recognize it as "snake" , even though I don't make ovious "/ei/" sound...

    Glad I found this forum...

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    Post Re: Snack and Snake

    Quote Originally Posted by john b View Post
    Hello, native speaker and teachers!

    I'm still struggling with correct pronunciation of "snack". Whenever I say the word, more than80% of chance,
    my friends in US recognize it as "snake" , even though I don't make obvious "/ei/" sound...

    How do your US friends hear your pronunciation of other '..ack' words, such as 'back', 'crack', 'pack', 'stack', etc?
    And do they feel that your '..ake' words are correct? Have them teach you how to pronounce both spellings correctly.

    Do your US friends have a 'standard' American pronunciation? In what part of America are you?


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    Re: Snack and Snake

    Quote Originally Posted by john b View Post
    I'm still struggling with the correct pronunciation of "snack". Whenever I say the word, more than 80% of chance,
    my friends in US recognize it as "snake" , even though I don't make obvious "/ei/" sound...
    NOT A TEACHER
    Could you record how you pronounce the word 'snack', both separately and in a sentence, and send it here please?
    Furthermore, could you do the same thing with 'snake'?
    Please notify me of any mistakes in my posts. It is much appreciated.

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    Re: Snack and Snake

    Hi, you know Snack and Snake have two different sounds. You should know that vowels have different sounds and here 'a' is used differently in both the words. the first is the same as 'cat'. bat, hat, pack,back and snack. snake-- take,shake, snake. The sound is that of the alphabet 'A'. hope thisd helps.

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    Re: Snack and Snake

    Do you have the same problem with the word "back"? Do people think you're saying "bake"? If not, then you have the "a" sound in "back" correct and you simply need to replicate it in "snack".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Snack and Snake

    Even the english speakers in Australia have a hard time with pronouncing the 'a', which sounds like an I. Much of the time it is just your native accent that gets in the way. Just keep practicing those acks. It's really not a big deal.

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