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Saturday February 28th, 2008
In this weeks' podcast, we're going to learn how to pronounce the vowel /oʊ/ with a standard American accent.
The focus of today's lesson is:
How to articulate / oʊ / correctly:
/oʊ/ is a combination of /ə/+ /u/ .
tongue: begins in a relaxed position, very much like /ə/.
lips: begin relaxed and open- move into a tense, puckered position (like you're kissing. )
jaw: begins relaxed and somewhat open.Think of somebody sleeping with their mouth open. From there, it gradually closes.
Exercise: Listen and repeat /ə / + /u/ broken into two parts
/ə / + /u/
Exercise: Blend the two parts together slowly. Please Listen and repeat.
/ə /... /u/
Exercise: Listen and repeat /oʊ/ at a normal rate of speech
The American /oʊ/ is diiferent!
There is a subtle difference between the "international /o/"and the American /oʊ/ .
Avoid these common mistakes:
I often hear students pronounce /ou/ like /?/,so they have the first part but not the second part. The word "most" might sound like /m?st/.
That vowel doesn't exist in English, so it can be confusing to the listener. Be sure that you finish the vowel.
Be sure that you finish the second half of the vowel- the /u/. Bring your tongue all the way back.
In general, be aware that American vowels often require a lot more movement and tension than vowels in other languages.
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following words containing /oʊ/:
home... close. .. know .. don't .. most ... road. .. boat .. coat ... coast ... show .. .own ... throw ...
As you can see, /oʊ/ can be spelled in a variety of ways. Future podcasts will focus on the most common and exceptional spelling patterns of /oʊ/ .
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following American expressions and idioms which contain /oʊ/:
I'd like to make a toast. (make a short speech before drinking)
As you can see, there is a subtle difference betwen the American /oʊ/ and the /o/ found in most languages around the world.Perhaps you've been substituting the/ o/ from your native language for the American /oʊ/. But its never too late to change! With the right amount of practice and training you can begin to say /oʊ/ with an American accent ! Changing the way you speak, means practicing regularly. If you can find just ten or fifteen minutes a day to practice the new sounds, you'll begin to hear some differences in the way that you speak!
It's important to have good training materials:
I recommend Best Accent Training mp3s!
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Thank you and see you next time!Share
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