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allI
Itsimportantforspeakers(especiallyThaiandChinese)topulltheirlipsbackintoasmilepositionforthe
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2)Ican
InEnglish,wedestressfunctionwordsthatservemostlyagrammaticalpurposeinthesentenceanddont
carrymuchmeaning.Here,canisafunctionwordthatissaidquicklyandmorerelaxed.
So,insteadofsayingaclearcan,youwouldsaykin:
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Sayisacontentwordamainverbthatcarriesmeaninginthesentencesowesayitniceandclearly.
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4)isthatmylife

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Inthisphrase,thefocusword,whichcarriesthemostmeaningandsignificance,islife,soitwillgetthe
moststress(meaningitssaidlonger,louderandhigherinpitchthantheotherwords).

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6)changed
Changedisacontentwordthatcarriesmeaninginthesentence,sowewillsayitniceandclearly.
Additionally,weneverdestressthelastwordinasentence,soevenifitwasafunctionword,wewouldnt
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Becausethesoundbeforetheedending,a[d]sound,isavoicedconsonant,meaningourvocal
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AllIcansayisthatmylifehaschanged.
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AllIcansayisthatmylifehaschanged.
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