In this American English pronunciation video,
we’re going to talk about how to reduce and link the word ‘to’ and ‘the’ together, in
a sentence, like this: to the. I’ve spent quite a bit of time in my videos
talking about reduction and linking. And today, I want to take the specific case of linking
the words ‘to’ and ‘the’, and talk about how to simplify the mouth movement when we’re
reducing these words, linking them, and making them very, very fast. The first thing I want to point out, is that
there doesn’t have to be any movement in the lips or the jaw: we can articulate this with
just the tongue. To the. So, what are we doing here. The word ‘to’ will reduce to either
the true T-schwa sound, or the flap T-schwa sound. But for both of them, the tongue position
will be the same. So the tongue tip is up at the roof of the mouth, tt, tt, tt, with
the jaw quite closed and the teeth pretty much together: tt, tt, dd, dd. And I can make
that sound just by moving the tongue, the jaw doesn’t have to move: tt, dd, tt, dd.
Now, to make the TH for the word ‘the’. I do not need to bring the tongue all the way
through the teeth. I can just bring it down, so it’s touching just behind, where the teeth
come together. To the. Let’s look at this up close and in slow motion. The word T-H-E is pronounced with the EE vowel
when the next word begins with a vowel or diphthong. For example, to the other side,
to the east. In these cases as well, all the articulation will happen with the tongue. It will probably take a good bit of time and
drilling to get this new way of saying ‘to the’ into your habit. But it is worth doing.
Because when we simplify the mouth movement, it means it’s going to be easier to say it
quickly in speech. And when we reduce and pronounce these unstressed words very quickly
like this, it provides a nice contrast for the stressed words, which are much longer,
and have a lot more shape. As you drill these two words, put them into sentence fragments,
and eventually sentences. To the. To the store. To the restaurant. I’m going to the restaurant.
It will really help you to integrate that into your everyday speech. That’s it, and thanks so much
for using Rachel’s English.

How to Pronounce ‘to the’ in a Sentence: American English

100 thoughts on “How to Pronounce ‘to the’ in a Sentence: American English

  • October 16, 2013 at 3:13 am
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    Mss. Rachel can you explain the difference in pronunciation between "breathing" and "breeding"? Thanks a lot

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  • October 30, 2013 at 5:57 am
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    thanks for your great lessons but i found flap T is so difficult for me =( yeah we have D letter in Arabic but you pronounce it softer and it sounds a little bit different i'd like to pronounce it perfectly as americans do ! any recommendations? and what about if pronounce it as true T? is it ok?
    thanks so much i found your lessons is so useful for me especially in linking words and pronunciation that no teacher has tried to teach me them before!!!

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  • November 1, 2013 at 2:08 am
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    the best english teacher i ever met

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  • November 1, 2013 at 2:11 am
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    im so lucky that i found the series of vids

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  • November 8, 2013 at 12:24 am
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    I'm In love with U Rachel 

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  • December 7, 2013 at 10:25 pm
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    Well I'm sure I'm not the first person saying that, but you would be (if you aren't already) a fantastic coach for actors, newscasters and anyone who works with the spoken language. I have long ago chosen American-English to be my accent of choice (I am a native German living and working in Portugal – so my accent is long since blurred after 28 years). I went for US-English because I am much more exposed to it for an array of reasons – and I simply love it. It flows easily. I have spent the last two decades beating the heck out of my German accent – even reading text out aloud trying to switch at will between Standard American and "Posh UK" accent (I am not that good at the latter). I can hear the drifting in and out when I talk in US-English. I need to constantly clean every nook and cranny. You are such a great help. It helps that I am a musician (so at least I have the ear). Thanks for your very detailed lessons – they are of great help!

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  • December 21, 2013 at 1:39 am
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    A M A Z I N G   L E S S O N  ! ! !

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  • December 23, 2013 at 10:49 am
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    I don't know why but I can't help laughing at that slow motion part XD

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  • January 15, 2014 at 7:59 pm
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    هههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههههه  كانها تقول تسذا

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  • May 17, 2014 at 10:42 pm
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    Thanks Rachel

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  • May 28, 2014 at 3:31 pm
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    1:40 that sounded more like tʰɘðə than tʰəðə

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  • June 26, 2014 at 3:29 pm
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    U r best…Can u pls upload some slang conversation videos…

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  • June 26, 2014 at 3:29 pm
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    U r best…Can u pls upload some slang conversation videos…

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  • August 29, 2014 at 9:04 am
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    Love it!

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  • September 19, 2014 at 1:42 am
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    Great Job , I been struggling with world "The" and I almost bit my tongue last time …

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  • September 19, 2014 at 1:42 am
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    Great Job , I been struggling with world "The" and I almost bit my tongue last time …

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  • October 4, 2014 at 4:41 pm
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    Deer Teacher, i watched this video many times , and when you say "The first thing" i didnot see your tounge come through clearly, because when i try to say this fast, it seems like there isnot enough time to put my tounge out of my mouth right after "s" is made iam only able to do this with slow speed . any advice for me.  . By the way, you are amazing teacher !

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  • December 9, 2014 at 11:39 pm
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    how do you prononce sentence?

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  • December 26, 2014 at 9:49 am
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    I've fallen in love with this program

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  • January 25, 2015 at 8:30 pm
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    When i was trying to say " to the store" it looks like im saying " to destroy" XD, but not "to the store"

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  • January 26, 2015 at 5:06 am
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    hi i'm having some problem pronouncing the word "particularly" and "specifically". can you help me with that??

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  • February 15, 2015 at 10:11 am
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    So, can you also say "de the other side" instead of "to the other side"? Also, can you say, "in ne end" instead of "in the end"?

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  • April 23, 2015 at 6:17 am
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    i think this is brilliant!

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  • April 27, 2015 at 9:12 pm
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    you're the best teacher i've seen

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  • April 29, 2015 at 5:12 pm
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    Hi ,you are a good teacher I need your help I don't know when letter E become showa ?

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  • May 27, 2015 at 9:05 pm
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    I liked it.You are a very good Teacher.I am from french country but i liked speaking english.

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  • July 13, 2015 at 2:43 pm
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    You seem tired

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  • July 22, 2015 at 3:18 pm
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    Hi Rachel. My name is Tin, i'm from Viet Nam. I'd appriciate it if you could hepl me prounce " tried", " drive", and " twice"!. Thank you for your help!

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  • July 31, 2015 at 7:14 pm
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    +1 How to pronounce the words 'IS THE'  (maybe also 'IN THE' , 'AT THE' –  something like that) together.

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  • September 5, 2015 at 6:58 am
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    Very very useful!

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  • October 11, 2015 at 6:22 pm
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    Is it true that the letters N, S and L cancel the letters D, T and TH? For example: in the car = ina car. call the doctor = calla doctor.
    Thank you teacher for your help.

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  • October 14, 2015 at 1:01 am
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    Te amo

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  • November 11, 2015 at 7:18 pm
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    Brilliant! Thank you, Rachel. I've been studying English my whole life, but only recently started using schwa sounds in all the right places – with reductions and connections. Your videos are helping me bring my General American to a whole new level; invaluable for a working actor stateside.

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  • December 27, 2015 at 1:38 pm
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    nice

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  • December 27, 2015 at 7:31 pm
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    By my troth….. that Slow sec…. makes me go grrrrrrrrrr

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  • January 27, 2016 at 10:57 am
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    I really like your videos thanks a bundle 🙂

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  • February 18, 2016 at 7:29 am
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    i've been talking to a lotta americans on voice call and i've been trying to analyse their pattern of speaking.its just the same as you teach.the problem is i've these words in mind but i really fumble big time.

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  • March 18, 2016 at 11:14 am
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    You are the best teacher in the world, thanks for sharing

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  • March 26, 2016 at 5:55 pm
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    would u please tell me if the"n" pronounce in the first part of these words "government" and "environment"? and thanks💟

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  • April 20, 2016 at 1:53 pm
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    to the /tə ðə/ to the restaurant
    /tə ði/ to the other side/to the east

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  • April 20, 2016 at 1:56 pm
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    to the /tə ðə/
    /də ðə/
    dear Rachel,how can distinguish the above two? I can't find any example about the second pronunciation /də ðə/

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  • April 26, 2016 at 1:05 pm
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    eu ainda n falo muito bem em inglês deve ser por isso q eu entendi ela me chamar de puta em 2:29

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  • May 10, 2016 at 2:42 pm
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    thanks rachel very much

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  • July 13, 2016 at 3:09 pm
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    Hi Rachel. The reduced "the" around 1:35 sounds exactly the same as "d," doesn't it?

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  • July 21, 2016 at 12:31 pm
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    best english teacher eveeeeeeeeeer

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  • July 26, 2016 at 9:56 pm
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    thank you, i'm from Brasil.

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  • July 30, 2016 at 6:50 am
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    thank you so much. this video very useful for me

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  • August 5, 2016 at 9:55 am
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    Thank u Rachel

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  • August 21, 2016 at 7:50 am
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    thanks rachel i'm learning so much thing i didn't know about the pronunciation.

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  • September 13, 2016 at 1:23 am
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    this video was really great

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  • September 20, 2016 at 6:22 am
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    Thanks a lot!

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  • September 26, 2016 at 2:34 pm
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    Thank you Rachel. Your video is very helpful.

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  • September 30, 2016 at 1:33 am
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    Hi Rachel. I have bucktooths in upper front. So it's hard for me to make TH sound, to move tongue through the teeth. It makes me speak slowly. What can i do to fix it?

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  • November 11, 2016 at 2:45 am
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    Thanks 👍

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  • December 28, 2016 at 4:16 pm
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    toduh toduh toduh

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  • January 9, 2017 at 9:13 am
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    Your videos help me a lot, I have always pronounce clearly each word, so it is very slow and hard to pronounce, thank you, from now on, I will practice to speak more fluently

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  • January 31, 2017 at 4:03 am
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    thanks

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  • March 3, 2017 at 1:17 pm
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    Why so many dislike?

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  • May 24, 2017 at 12:45 pm
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    Very good, Rachel!

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  • May 25, 2017 at 8:12 pm
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    it's beautiful .. I love it .. thanks miss

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  • June 22, 2017 at 3:24 am
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    I love the sound of your voice very much!

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  • June 27, 2017 at 10:24 am
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    Could you pronounce the word " from" please.Thanks a lot

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  • August 16, 2017 at 3:33 pm
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    quite helpful

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  • September 12, 2017 at 5:06 am
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    Could you publish a paper book too please? I prefer to a paperbook not a ebook…So i can write on it what i need.

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  • September 14, 2017 at 4:28 am
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    Wow I love your way to teach us . Awesome! I like these video just I need it ..you deserve all thee "like " of the world haha aah

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  • October 18, 2017 at 4:57 pm
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    Very good,teacher!!!
    i,m brazilian,it's Very difficult for me .the sound

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  • November 26, 2017 at 12:20 pm
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    I need to know do we pronounce to+ words starting with ð same as "to the" right like in this video ??
    for exemple "to their/there (tə ðeə) to this/that( tə ðɪs/ðæt) to those/these (tə ðəʊz/ði:z) etc.

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  • December 12, 2017 at 9:49 am
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    ''hit it fergie''

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  • January 14, 2018 at 10:11 am
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    Her beauty is perfect 10.

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  • January 22, 2018 at 9:37 am
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    I always hear "th" sound in words like "this", "that" or "mother" but in "the" I usually hear "d". Anyone else with such perception?

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  • February 15, 2018 at 3:40 am
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    Miss Rachel I don't know if you would notice my comment if so I would be happy… My question is what is the difference between "I go to the school every day." to "I go to school every day." thanks!

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  • March 12, 2018 at 11:59 pm
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    hi miss i was wondering that is there any connected speech between ch sound follow by th sound. for example I watch the news. it it difficults for me to make th sound after 'CH' sound! many tks

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  • April 24, 2018 at 5:46 pm
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    Hi Rachel… Your videos are good. Can you do a short video on these words. 1. "Interest" like I am not Interested. 2. "Interest", as in what is the interest rate?. There are videos that say if a 'T' comes before an 'N' then T is not spoken, example… I am not inerested (Interested) but if this applied in general that words like "Integrate" or "Intermediate" would sound kinda funny, for example: intermediate would be sound like innermediate…. Laslty, for word winter again would sound like "winner" and I do hear a lot of amercians say "winDer"… Thank you in advance.

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  • May 22, 2018 at 9:38 am
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    I have a question but I can't speak English very well . when I download the subtitle for Rachel's English videos I should select encoding in word office that makes my document readable . and I can't see anything . What I do ?help me please

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  • May 23, 2018 at 7:26 pm
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    You are the best.

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  • May 27, 2018 at 5:26 am
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    와드박고감

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  • May 29, 2018 at 9:49 pm
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    Hi Rachel, "definite article before consonants usually t͟hə , before vowels usually t͟hē , sometimes before vowels also t͟hə ; for emphasis before titles and names or to suggest uniqueness often ˈt͟hē ", this is the pronunciation guide of "the" from MW dictionary, so it is ok to say t͟hə before vowels? It should be correct as well right? Thank you for your lesson!

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  • July 10, 2018 at 10:18 pm
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    How should I say "To the tree"?

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  • July 18, 2018 at 10:05 am
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    Rachel I wanna make a conversation with a girl she is from London but I cant, pleas help me

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  • July 19, 2018 at 9:14 pm
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    Awesome

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  • July 29, 2018 at 4:04 pm
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    This woman is the best I have already seen in the vídeos!

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  • July 30, 2018 at 9:04 am
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    What is the difference between 'to ,two , too '? Now i learned how to pronounce to but i do not know two and too please reply it I am from Turkey

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  • August 10, 2018 at 10:14 pm
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    Great !!

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  • August 20, 2018 at 7:35 am
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    what about "that the " !!

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  • August 23, 2018 at 4:11 am
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    All that I need to know. Rachel is the best!!!! Thank you!

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  • August 30, 2018 at 2:34 am
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    Her: To the to the to the to the
    Me: hit it fergie

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  • September 6, 2018 at 5:31 am
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    best teacher ever!

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  • September 21, 2018 at 12:29 pm
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    Great!

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  • September 26, 2018 at 12:14 am
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    Hi Rachel I heard the reduction of to+ the as to da am i right

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  • October 7, 2018 at 2:21 pm
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    What almost struck me is like it does still come across a bit guarded, secretive and defensive in terms of content. maybe it´s just that I wish to have heard more about Florida or the weddings! Could you please make one of those, Rachel <3 🙂

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  • November 21, 2018 at 3:42 pm
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    Many thanks

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  • November 24, 2018 at 9:20 pm
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    that's exactly i was looking for

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  • November 24, 2018 at 9:29 pm
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    actually it's hard to practice when there is the breckets system on your teeth. and i have an obstacle rear of my front upper teeth for straightening my jaws. and it exactly obstructs tongue moves while of pronunciation 'to the'

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  • December 10, 2018 at 2:37 pm
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    whaat i can't do it

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  • December 17, 2018 at 3:18 am
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    Rachel, thank you very much for your videos !!!

    Greetings from Tabasco Mexico !!

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  • January 7, 2019 at 1:00 am
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    Thank you.

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  • January 19, 2019 at 10:26 pm
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    Hi Rachel. I also have problem saying "from the", "of the", and "is the" smoothly. Should I do the same? TIA

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  • February 18, 2019 at 6:12 am
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    sound good .teach could you teach about how to linking sound in sentences .

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  • July 13, 2019 at 7:07 am
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    Valuable videos

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