I need your feedback. Did I pronounce the question "What do you do?" good or not so good in American English? https://clyp.it/wnxeqwau

Any suggestion would be appreciated. Thank you!

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    I'm far from convinced ELL is the right place for this type of question. You should listen and talk to real live native speakers in natural contexts. Phonemic fragments taken in isolation are usually a poor reflection of actual speech, and this focus on "American pronunciation" also seems misplaced. Apr 1, 2015 at 13:59
  • I did the listening. This is how I heard it in a movie. I just wanted to know if it's pronounced correctly. I was curious if "What do you" are really squeezed together in one sound. Some people pronounce it "whaddya" , but I also heard it with an "u" ending. There always need to be someone negative who can't refrain from commenting. Apr 1, 2015 at 14:05
  • We've been here before, I think. You might want to check out linguistics.SE if you want a better understanding of how pronunciation is "reduced" in natural speech. Apr 1, 2015 at 14:06
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    It's pretty good.
    – user230
    Apr 1, 2015 at 19:32
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    I concur with Snailboat. For the record, pretty much all intonational phrases are joined together as "one sound" as it were :) Apr 3, 2015 at 15:19

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You pronounced it pretty much perfectly.


Sonds great. I think I hear a (slight) rise in tone moving into the end. This is not used in WH- questions. In fact, you can have a downward tone toward the end and it is still understood as a question. Yeah, the speed could be slowed down. But as you interact more with native speakers, you can get it even better.

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