Hello, I'm John, the creator of SpeakBritishEnglish. In this video you're going to learn how to pronounce this
word like a British native. You're also going to learn how you can get a month
of free access to my online pronunciation school. Listen as I demonstrate. As you can hear, this word has three syllables and the stress is on the second syllable. That means that the second syllable is pronounced higher than the other two syllables. Listen again; this time I'll demonstrate very slowly. Notice that I'm holding one stable note for the stressed syllable. Listen once more. This time I'll demonstrate the wrong way and the right way.
The vowel in the second syllable is /ɛː/. Here are some other words that have this sound. Note that this is a monophthong, not a diphthong. Listen as I compare the right way with the wrong way. As you can hear, when I do it the right way I hold one long vowel sound. When I do it the wrong way the sound changes, resulting in a diphthong. Listen again. In the first syllable of 'monero' is the vowel /ə/. Let me demonstrate. Notice that I'm not using the sound /ɒ/, although that sound often corresponds with the letter O; and I'm not using the sound /ʌ/, although that sound is used in the first syllable of 'money'.
The reason we use /ə/ in the first syllable is that this is a weak syllable, and in English we generally use the sound /ə/ for weak syllables. Here are some other examples. Because the first syllable in 'monero' is weak we don't really need a vowel at all. Instead we can go straight from the /m/ consonant to the /n/ consonant. Let me demonstrate. In the third syllable of 'monero' is the diphthong /əʊ/. Watch carefully. As you can see, I start this diphthong with this mouth-shape. I then push my lips forward into a tight circle. Watch again. This time I'll demonstrate the wrong way and the right way.
As you can see, when I do it the wrong way I start with my lips pushed forward. When I do it the right way I start with my lips relaxed and then push them forward. Watch again. The consonant sound at the start of the third syllable is /r/. When learning this sound you should use a mouth-shape like this. This is the same mouth shape that we use for the sounds /f/ and /v/. Simultaneously you should curl your tongue back as if you're trying to swallow it. Watch carefully. Make sure that you do not make a rolling sound with your tongue. If you have this problem it's because you're not curling your tongue back far enough. Let me demonstrate. Here are some phrases using 'monero'. To learn more about the sounds,
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