English pronunciation rules: [h] and [ð] omissions


For those who aim to correct English pronunciation, we would like you to know the English pronunciation rules.

Of course, it is very important to pronounce each sound accurately.

But unfortunately that alone does not speak English like a native speaker.

In order to speak like a native word without breaking words, you need to know English pronunciation rules.

If you know the rules, you also know the points to keep in mind when speaking English.

This time, I want to be able to speak English more like a native speaker! For all who wish, I will explain in detail what the English pronunciation rules are, giving concrete examples.

What are the English pronunciation rules in the first place?

If your goal is to speak English like a native speaker, it is very important to understand the rules related to English pronunciation.

English pronunciation rules are not about individual pronunciation methods, but about individual pronunciation methods.

It is called "Linking", "Assimilation", "Elision / Reduction", etc., and refers to the change in sound required to pronounce words smoothly without breaking them...

These English pronunciation rules, even if you can pronounce all the English sounds, are not something you can naturally learn without "knowing".

However, if you know the rules, you can be aware of them each time.

If you know the English pronunciation rules and can pronounce them according to those rules, your spoken English can be much closer to the native spoken English.

Three examples of English pronunciation rules

There are many English pronunciation rules, but this time, I will introduce the following three from the "Elision / Reduction" rules.

① Omission of [h] for personal pronouns he, his, him, her

② Omission of [h] of auxiliary verbs have, has, had

③ Omission of that's th [ð]

"Omission" in English pronunciation means not to abbreviate the sounds that exist in the spelling.

By the way, we call this "flying sound".

It's hard to understand what you're talking about with this alone. I will explain each rule in more detail from here!

① Omission of [h] for personal pronouns he, his, him, her

Personal pronouns (he, his, him, her) whose spelling begins with [h] will cause the sound of [h] to be dropped unless they are at the beginning of the sentence.

[h] is not pronounced.

It's a very commonly used word, so it's very important as a rule.

These words often come to the beginning of a sentence, but often they don't.

Let me give you an example where you don't have to pronounce [h].

Where is ( h) e?

I saw ( h) im at Starbucks.

What is ( h) is phone number?

Don't tell ( h) er about it.

In such sentences, the sound of [h] is omitted.

He feels like "e" instead of "he".

Please listen carefully to the native pronunciation.

② Omission of [h] of auxiliary verbs have, has, had

If the auxiliary verb have, has, had [h] appears in the sentence, the sound of [h] is dropped.

Here are some example sentences as well.

I ( h) ave to finish this report.

I ( h) aven't met ( h) im. (Both have [h] and him [h] can be omitted)

She ( h) as already gone.

He ( h) ad ( h) is hair cut. (Both have [h] and him [h] can be omitted)

In these sentences, the [h] in have/has/had is not pronounced.

However, even if it comes in the text, [h] is not omitted when the accent is placed.

Yes, you have to.

In this sentence, have is accented.
In this case, [h] does not drop out, but rather is pronounced as [hæf] because it is emphasized.

Do not omit [h] when it comes to the beginning of a sentence like Have you ~ ?.

③ That's th omitted

Next are the rules regarding the pronunciation of th [ð].

There is a rule that th [ð] may be omitted when That's comes to the beginning of the sentence.

In this case, pronounce it as [æts] instead of [ðæts].

If you explain it in katakana, it's an image of reading "that's" without pronouncing "the" of "that's".

Here are some example sentences to see exactly what kind of sentences apply to this rule.

(Th) at's right.

(Th) at's so true.

Anyway, if it starts with That's, the sound of th [ð] does not have to be pronounced.

Of the three rules, I think this was the most "haha".

If you listen to native English again, you can see that the sound of th [ð] is definitely missing.

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