Free English Pronunciation and Accent Reduction Lessons
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Saturday, March 7th, 2009
In this weeks' podcast, we're going to continue to learn and practice the important vowel /oʊ/
*I strongly recommend that you listen to podcast #25 (how to articulate /oʊ /) before this one!
The focus of today's lesson is:
In your native language, the way the word is written is almost always the way it's pronounced.
Spelling pattern #1- <o>+<consonant> or< two consonants> :
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following words containing /oʊ/ spelled with <o>+<consonant>:
open ... no ... cold... folder... don't... wont...
Spelling pattern #2 / oʊ / spelled <oa>
Exercise : Listen and repeat the following words containing /oʊ/ spelled <oa>
boat ... toast ... load ... road... loan...
Spelling pattern #3 /oʊ / spelled <ow>
Exercise : Listen and repeat the following words containing /oʊ/ spelled <ow>
show ... own ... blow ... know ... grow ...
Exceptional spellings patterns of /oʊ/
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following words which contain /oʊ/:
Exceptional spelling pattern: <ough>
though... although... dough...
Exceptional spelling pattern <ou>
soul ... shoulder ... boulder ...
Exceptional spelling pattern <oe>
toe ... joe . ..foe ...
More exceptional cases: The vowel sounds in the following words are pronounced /oʊ /
sew ... folk ...bureau ..
In your native language, the way a word is written is almost always the way that it's pronounced.
So let's learn some common American expressions and idioms which contain the /oʊ/sound.
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following sentences which contain exceptional spellings of /oʊ/
She's giving him the cold shoulder. (ignoring him on purpose)
The eyes are the window of the soul. ( eyes tell us about someone's character)
He's a regular Joe. ( the average, typical American)
We have to be on our toes at work. (be alert, ready)
Now that you've become aware of the various spelling patterns of /oʊ /,I encourage you to practice this sound as often as possible.
Practice is Key!
The more you practice the vowel sounds, the more you'll develop muscle memory - the ability to say the sound automatically and correctly.
Speaking English clearly and correctly takes a lot of practice.
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