American English Vowel Sounds ɑ AH as in OLIVE

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alright guys time to dive in with lesson number three in our very American vowel sound series today we're talking about the ah as in olives also in words like hot knot and body in Lesson one we talked about the AH as in black and lesson two we covered the in as in silver and in our final lesson in this series we'll talk about the Oh as in wood but let's get back to that ah as in olive this is another really distinct American English vowel sound and it's tricky for a lot of non-native speakers not so much because it's hard to say the key to pronouncing this sound is that you want to make sure you're dropping that jaw ah ah the jaw drops more for this sound than any other vowel sound ah so you drop your jaw like you're going to the doctor and they're looking into your throat ah ah no this sound is tricky for a lot of non-native speakers because a lot of times it's represented by the letter O and when you see the letter O you want to say an O sound Oh Oh makes sense right but in American English a lot of times we're saying ah ah so it's not job it's job instead of not trying not it's not an opportunity it's an opportunity instead of operate try operate now a lot of times it's difficult to differentiate the ah as an olive from the UH as in plum so words like cop and cup may sound the same to you so let's do some minimal pair practice to work on differentiating these two sounds alright so once again our pear practice will be ear training practice even though it can be helpful to see how the mouth moves to make these sounds it's super important to train the ears to be able to hear the subtle differences so here's our first word pear which word do you hear hot hot this one is hot let's go back and forth hot Hut hot Hut next pair which word do you hear nun nun this word is none let's go back and forth none none none none next pair which word do you hear buddy buddy this one is buddy let's go back and forth body buddy body buddy next pair which word do you hear god god this one is God let's go back and forth god good god good next pair which word do you hear mom mom this one is mom let's go back and forth mom mom mom mum next pair which word do you hear rub rub this word is rub let's go back and forth Rob rub rub rub next pair which word do you hear Cup Cup this one is Cup let's go back and forth cop cup cop Cup next pair which word do you hear lock lock this one is lock let's go back and forth lock luck lock luck next pair which word do you hear shot shot this one is shot let's go back and forth shot shut shot shut and last pair which word do you hear pup-pup this word is pup let's go back and forth pop pop pop pop nicely done now let's practice some common ah as in olive words in sentences possible possible that's not possible that's not possible they need it as soon as possible they need it as soon as possible option option what are the options what are the options I think this is the best option I think this is the best option stop stop when can you stop by when can you stop by I think we should stop here I think we should stop here problem problem is this a problem is this a problem no problem no problem water water may I have a glass of water may I have a glass of water how's the water how's the water job job do you like your new job do you like your new job it's a big job it's a big job awesome practice and if you feel like you're ready for a little more practice with this sound don't worry once again I've got you covered you can download a list of 50 super common ah as in olive words by clicking on the link in the video description and if you're ready to make some real changes in your English pronunciation but you're just not sure where to start if you haven't already grabbed it be sure to grab my new ultimate accent training starter guide it includes five keys to making real changes in the way you speak English as well as a road map that outlines steps to get you from where you are now to where you want to be again I've got a link to that in the video description I hope you enjoyed the lesson if you did please share as always thanks so much for tuning in and I'll see you next time

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