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English Pronunciation News: Soy for the Heart

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For years, patients with heart disease were encouraged to follow a diet low in saturated fats like butter, cream or red meat. This diet, combined with the use of statin drugs, was seen as the best remedy for reducing levels of "bad" cholesterol, the cholesterol which clogs arteries. A new study shows, however, that what you eat may be more important than what you do not eat. Researchers found that incorporating foods which naturally lower cholesterol, like soy protein and nuts, into the diet has better results than following a diet low in saturated fats. The researchers even say that levels of bad cholesterol can drop more with dietary changes than with statin drugs such as Crestor and Lipitor. However, some doctors worry that patients may stop taking statin drugs too soon. Though the drugs have a long track record of success, many people will choose not to take medications when provided an alternative.


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"T" sounds like "sh"--exception
saturated, naturally, "what you"
SA-chur-ā-ded, NA-chur-u-lee, WU-choo
"TU" can sound like "ch" in some words. If the last letter is "t" and the next word begins with "y" this is sometimes reduced to "ch." This is optional.
statin, important
STA-'n or STA-tin, im-POR-'nt or im-POR'tunt
Can use T=Hard N rule when T comes before N. This is optional. If you do use a T, speak it lightly.
that, eat, diet
stopped T's
Can use "stopped T" rule when T is the last letter and is not followed by a vowel in the next word. You can also use a light T sound. You may hear Americans speaking more of a T sound if the word is stressed.
butter, arteries, incorporating, better, alternative, "do not eat"
BU-der, AR-der-ees, in-COR-por-a-ding, BE-der, al-TER-nu-div, "do-NO-deet"
T becomes  light D when between vowel sounds. This is standard American, not informal. Also works in phrases like "do not eat."
protein, dietary
PRO-teen, DI-e-tar-ee
Exceptions to the T = D rule.
"not to take"
When the last letter is T and the first letter of the next word is T, speak the T sound one time.

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