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I would really appreciate if someone could tell me the American pronunciation for Important and Interesting.
I am basically confused at T sound after "er" sound.
What kind of T is that?
Where should I Place emphasis on,is it the t or er sound?
What do you mean by 'T sound after "er" sound'?
Before er sound
Do you mean the 't' sound in "interesting"?
The primary stress is put on "in".
What exactly is the problem you are having?
Whenever I pronounce a tr sound it blends to become "chr"
So the word "tree" sounds like "chree," for example.
The "t" and "r" in "interesting" are close enough for the same thing to happen, so it sounds like "inchuresting." Does that sound like what you're hearing?
As for "important," both "t"s become glottal stops unless I'm really emphasizing the word. You just kind of swallow the "t"s, so it sounds like "impor'n'."
It can sound a lot like "in-chrest-ing" in BrE. That's how it would come out in my normal everyday speech. I would have to carefully pronounce the "t", followed be "er" if I wanted to enunciate it "properly".
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
Interesting is one of several common words with 'squeezed out' syllables in spoken (American) English:
business, chocolate, family, and basically are some other examples.
There are also several regional differences beyond the ones already mentioned:
int'rusting, inderesting, inneresting, inner'sting, and innerstun' are a few I've heard.
Important has what one author calls the "held T" when the t is before an n. The same thing happens in words like mountain, certain, button, and others.
One pronunciation that always makes me cringe is found most often in the South: "Impoʊdu(n)t" is about the best I can represent on this keyboard.
If you want to learn more, you might try American Accent Training by Ann Cook.