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    #1

    Pronunciation Question from a Song

    I have a question and it comes from the live performance below:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLxce3XrvJA#t=1m21s
    I'm sorry if you don't like that or you find it annoying.

    When she repeats the chorus second time and the pitch goes higher,
    she drops the aspiration of unvoiced consonants, like:

    I keep going to the river to pray
    'Cause I need something that can wash all the pain
    And at most I'm sleeping all these demons away
    But your ghost, the ghost of you
    It keeps me awake

    I'd like to know what it sounds like to a native ear.
    Because to me, it's like she is singing "geep", "bray", "bain".

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    Re: Pronunciation Question from a Song

    I can hear the original words, but the /k/ of keeps in the fourth line is almost inaudible, so it's close to eeps.

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    #3

    Re: Pronunciation Question from a Song

    OK, so it's totally no confusing to native speakers...
    i guess i need to train my ear harder.
    thank you very much.

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