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    Is my pronunciation of 'lightning' right?

    Is my pronunciation of 'lightning' right?
    https://vocaroo.com/1cNyKxt8FXun

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    Re: Is my pronunciation of 'lightning' right?

    The first pronunciation is understandable in context. Try reducing it to two syllables by reducing the /t/ to a stop. It should be something like "lie'-ning".
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    Re: Is my pronunciation of 'lightning' right?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The first pronunciation is understandable in context. Try reducing it to two syllables by reducing the /t/ to a stop. It should be something like "lie'-ning".
    Is it this way?
    https://vocaroo.com/11TzxIOXieXc

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    Re: Is my pronunciation of 'lightning' right?

    Quote Originally Posted by mohammedabo View Post
    The first example is the best. You have to completely stop the flow of air for an instant by touching the ridge of your palate with the top of your tongue.

    The third example sounds like "lide'ning".
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    Re: Is my pronunciation of 'lightning' right?

    Are you using anything as a model, mohammedabo?

    This one isn't very good, unfortunately:
    https://vocaroo.com/11TzxIOXieXc
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 11-Dec-2020 at 19:59.

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    Re: Is my pronunciation of 'lightning' right?

    Have you discovered Forvo yet, mohammedabo? Select English from the list of languages, type an English word into the search box, and then listen to the various recordings of that word by native speakers from all over the world. I suggest you choose one variant of English and listen to speakers of only that variant, to avoid confusion. Listen to the word multiple times, then try to copy it exactly. Some words will be easier to mimic than others.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is my pronunciation of 'lightning' right?

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Are you using anything as a model, mohammedabo?

    This one isn't very good, unfortunately:
    https://vocaroo.com/11TzxIOXieXc
    Yes, you are right. I dropped the t sound totally.
    I stopped my air on sayig light..n


    https://vocaroo.com/1nOFTLYjjgsO

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    Re: Is my pronunciation of 'lightning' right?

    Quote Originally Posted by mohammedabo View Post
    Is my pronunciation of 'lightning' right?
    No, it's terrible. The word "lightning" has only two syllables, not three.
    Try to say it as "light" (one syllable) + "ning" (one syllable, rhymes with "ring").

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    Re: Is my pronunciation of 'lightning' right?

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    No, it's terrible. The word "lightning" has only two syllables, not three.
    Try to say it as "light" (one syllable) + "ning" (one syllable, rhymes with "ring").
    I am sorry that you felt so.It is because there are two n sounds.

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    Re: Is my pronunciation of 'lightning' right?

    Quote Originally Posted by mohammedabo View Post
    I am sorry that you felt so.It is because there are two n sounds.
    No. The problem is that you introduce a schwa sound in the middle. This has nothing to do with "lightning" having two "n" sounds. As I said, break it up into two sound units: "light" and "ning", and after practising saying those separately, try saying them one after the other.

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