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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 emsr2d2 View Post
    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.
    Yes, I have. I use it too many times. I prefer to speak some words which I feel I ca not pronounce well.

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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
    Yes, you are right. I dropped the t sound totally.
    I stopped my air on sayig light..n


    https://vocaroo.com/1nOFTLYjjgsO
    The previous ones were better. These sound like "light-uh-ning". You've introduced a vowel sound between the "t" and the "n".

    We don't really pronounce the "t" except by momentarily stopping the flow of air.
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    Re: Is my pronunciation of 'lightning' right?

    Quote Originally Posted by mohammedabo View Post
    Yes, I have. I have used it too many times. I prefer to try and speak concentrate on some words which I feel I cannot pronounce well.
    Note my corrections above. You need to study the use of "too". I recall having to change several of instances of "too much" in some of your other threads, and in this one you misused "too many".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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