Free English Pronunciation and Accent Reduction Lessons
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Thursday September 11th, 2008
In today's podcast, we're going to continue to learn and practice the very important vowel /I/.
*I strongly recommend that you listen to podcast #2 (Vowels/ i/ and / I / ) before this one!
The focus of today's lesson is:
These types of words are some of the most common and frequently used words, so pronouncing them correctly is a great way to improve your accent.
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following words containing / I / spelled with <i+consonant>:
Spelling pattern #2 /I/ spelled <y>(less common):
Exercise : Listen and repeat the following words containing /I/ spelled <y>
Important Exceptions: strange spellings of / I / .
/Exercise: Listen and repeat the following words which contain /I/:
busy...business... build... guilt... guitar... been... pretty... English... England... women.. .Mrs. ...Ms. ...
"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 sentences which contain words with exceptional spellings of /I/
Using /I// in contractions :
One of the best ways to make your speech sound more like a native speaker is to use contractions. A contractions is a short form of two words:
For example: A native speaker will say "he'll come" /hIl/ (instead of: He will come. )
Contracted forms of will which contain /I/ :
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following sentences which contain the contracted form of will:
He'll call you.
The more you practice and repeat the exercises, the more you'll develop muscle memory- -the ability to so something without thinking- automatically.
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