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The TRAP vowel

English has two vowels that can convey different words like 'bad' and 'bed'. How do these two vowels differ? Watch Laura Rupp explain more.

This video explains the history of the TRAP-vowel /æ/ and variation in its pronunciation between British English, American English and other English accents. By the end of the video, you will know how you want to pronounce it!

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