by Nguyen Kien

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It's difficult to pronounce words which start with /pr/, /dr/, /fr/ like:
"product (stress on first syllable and the second), profession, drink, friend..." Could you help me in detail? - Thank you

I will try to help you but it is difficult to explain pronunciation with written words. That's why I'm recording this.

First you need to focus on the R sound...ignore the P,D and F for now.

Imagine that you are making a sound, sort of like a dog with the Ruff or Rough...the sound of the R. When you make this sound your lower jaw drops when you open your mouth and your tongue will pull back and a little upwards in your mouth.

When you are comfortable with the R sound...just ad the P, F or D to it.

With your lips together, create pressure and let the P sound escape your mouth. There is a bit of pressure when you say it.

Depending on the letters to follow the sound will change.





I hope that helps!
All the best,

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May 30, 2009
by: maria teresa h

Diana, Thank you so much. Your pronunciation lessons are excellent. You don't know how much I appreciate your help.
You are very welcome Maria Teresa! I am so glad that I can help so many people via the internet. I hope to make this site better and better so do visit again soon. :) Cheers, - Diana

Mar 19, 2009
Many thanks for your help, Diana!
by: Nguyen Kien

I understand how to pronounce these words. However, as you always say, I have to practice, practice and practice (my actions will match my words hehe)
I'm glad to hear that your actions are going to match your words. Music to my ears! I always find that if you are having trouble with something, break it down into smaller pieces and slow down. So in this case, separate the first letter from the R sound and then slowly put it back together. Like an English puzzle. Need help with anything else? Cheers, Diana

Mar 19, 2009
You are Welcome!
by: Diana Tower

I am glad to help. I thought that this response needed audio as we are dealing with how to pronounce things and that is much easier to understand by listening to the sounds.

I hope this helps many people and thank you Nguyen for asking such a good question!

Mar 19, 2009
Great Explination!
by: Anonymous

Thanks for giving audio too Diana.
That helps alot!

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