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How To Pronounce TRAVEL & TROUBLE – Can you tell the difference?


Today, we are going to learn about
the differences in American pronunciation between the words “trouble” and “travel”. The first word “trouble”
is both a verb and a noun. As a verb, it means to cause a problem. The second word “travel”
is both a verb and a noun. As a verb, it means to go from
one place to another. There are several differences
between the two words. The first difference is in their first
vowel sounds, “ʌ” and “æ” after the first two letters, “TR.” The word “trouble” has this “ʌ” sound
while “travel” has this “æ” sound. Also, the second syllable of the word
“trouble” starts with this “B” sound. The word “travel” has this “V” sound and the “V” sound is pronounced
as part of the first syllable, “trav-” like “trav-el.” Let me demonstrate how to pronounce
these words. Now, I am going to give you a quiz. I am going to say one of the two words
three times. Please listen carefully and tell me
which word I am pronouncing next. I hope you could tell the differences
and picked the word “travel” for your answer. We have another question for you. I am going to read a sentence twice
that contains one of the two words. You job is to tell me which word
I am using in the sentence. The answer is “trouble.” Did you pick the right answer? If not, please go back to the beginning
of this video and watch it repeatedly until you get it. Thank you for watching
and see you next time.

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