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Saturday November 29th, 2008
In this weeks podcast, we're going to continue to learn and practice the very important vowel /ə/, learning to recognize its main spelling patterns.
One of the most challenging aspects of English pronunciation is that one vowel can have a few different spellings. So it's important to learn the most common spelling patterns of a vowel, as well as the exceptions. Learning these will make your pronunciation much more accurate and will make it easier to determine the pronunciation of a word.
The focus of today's lesson is:
* * I strongly recommend that you listen to podcasts #10 and #11 (How to pronounce /ə/) before this one!
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following words containing /ə/, spelled with <u>+ <consonant>:
funny ... must ... gun ... hundred ... luck ... study ... trust ...stuff ...fund ...
Spelling Pattern #2: <o> + <consonant> (less common):
Exercise : Listen and repeat the following words containing /ə/, spelled <o>
mother ... some ... Monday ... done ... .company ... stomach ... government....
Spelling Pattern #3: <ou> + <consonant>
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following words which contain /ə/ spelled <ou>
young.... cousin... country ... enough ... tough ...
Important Exceptions: Strange spellings of /ə/.
/Exercise: Listen and repeat the following words which contain /ə/:
what ... was ... does ... blood ... flood ...
"Why are there so many exceptions in English ?"
In your native language, the way the word is written is almost always the way it's pronounced. Unfortunately, this isn't the case in Engilsh.
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following American expressions and idioms which contain words with /ə/ :
Improving your pronunciation and reducting your accent is all aboiut reviewing and practicing regularly. Just ten minutes a day can really make a difference! It's important to have good tools for practicing:
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