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Thursday September 4th, 2008
In today's podcast, we're going to learn two very important vowels in english: the vowels/ i /and / I /.
The focus of today's lesson is:
How to articulate /i/ correctly:
Tongue: high, forward and tense
lips:spread (use a mirror to check your form)
Exercise :Listen and repeat / i /.
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following words containing / i / :
eat... seek... least.... reach... heel... leave...
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following expressions and idioms
Please have a seat.
How to pronounce / I / correctly:
How to articulate / I / :
tongue: high, forward, center of tongue is relaxed*
* Your tongue is lower for / I / than for / i /.
If your / I / sounds too much like / i /, then you probably need to lower and relax the center of your tongue. It's a very small difference in terms of position but a big difference in sound to a native speaker.
Exercise: Listen and repeat / I / .
Having a problem finding / I / ?
Tip: You can find / I / by moving from / i / to / E/ as in "get" or "send".
Exercise: Try going from / i / to / E/ on your own-
Now, try going from / i / to / I / on your own-
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following words which contain / I /:
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following expressions and idioms which contain / I /:
Developing a clear distinction between / i / and / I /
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following pairs of words:
/ i / / I /
Hearing and prounouncing the difference often takes time, practice and a lot of patience but with practice, you will get it!
Think of dancers, athletes and musicians- how do they get so good at what they do?
Practice, repetition- training
They practice their routines until it becomes automatic habit, muscle memory.
The same is true for accent reduction and English pronunciation !
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Thank you and see you next time!
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