Words With -ity Sound Like -adee

English pronunciation -ity wordsMy Pronunciation students needed some help when pronouncing words with -ity, like ability, quality and hospitality.

None of them knew you are supposed to reduce the /i/ and/t/.  To fully pronounce these sounds will be unusual for the listener, who is expecting a sound more like -adee, instead of itee.  Make the /i/ sound like the “uh” or schwa.  Make the /t/ sound like a /d/.

Also in these multi-syllabic words, you’ll want to stress the syllable right before the -adee.

Practice list of words here.

Keep up the good work speaking English!

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