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Pronounce -Y- in English : as in YACHT

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Fire

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How to make this sound

@yacht /media/audio/pronunciation/yacht.mp3

spelt with -y-

  1. young yacht
  2. yellow yard
  3. yesterday year
  4. your paying

Connecting sounds

  1. due (Not uS)
  2. billiards
  3. fire
  4. higher
  5. wire
  6. tire

is a voiced consonant made by pulling your tongue back while voicing the sound. Start with the tip of the tongue touching gently the bottom teeth. At the same time, raise the middle part of your tongue and make the sides at the middle part of your tongue touch the inside of your bottom teeth. As you switch on the voice you drop the raised middle part of your tongue a little towards the floor of your mouth. Another way to make this sound is to make a short /ee/ sound and move on quickly to the /u/ (as in up) sound. You must move from one sound to the next very quickly and not make the /ee/ as long as usual for this to work. Note: For u.S. English speakers the words wire, fire and tire should not be included in your practise.

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  1. Yesterday, the mayor played billiards in the yard.
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  2. You're paying for this year's yacht trip.
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  3. Don't yell in the yellow canyon.
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  4. The junior sailor can't use a kayak yet.
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  5. The lawyer yawned as he paid the bill.
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  6. The yoghurt was unusually tasty.
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  7. Many young children have yoyos.
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  8. Egg yolks will sink the floating islands.
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  9. Fighting the fire yesterday made him tired.
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  10. usually I rely on you.
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  11. A European student in a university abroad.




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