Free English Pronunciation and Accent Reduction Lessons
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Saturday May 15th, 2008
In this weeks podcast, we're going to review the front vowels .
The Importance of Review:
Although in the past few weeks we've been focussing on the consonants I want to emphasize the importance of still reviewing the vowels , especially the more difficult ones.
Build a Strong Foundation:
So now we're going to do some exercises which you can use from to time to review the front vowels. You can also use them as warm up exercise at the beginning of your pronunciation practice session.
Exercise: Review of front vowels /i/, /I/, /ɛ/ eI / and / æ /. This exercise creates a clear distinction between these vowels . Listen and repeat the groups of words, paying careful attention to the vowel differences within them.
seat sit set sate sat
meet / meat mitt met mate mat/Matt
dean din den Dane Dan
heel/heal hill hell hail Hal
beat bit bet bait bat
read rid red/read raid "rad"
keen kin ken cane can
Exercise : Listen and repeat the following sentnces containing the /i/ , /I/ and /ɛ/ sounds.
I couldn't sit in my seat during the set.
Walking uphill in high heels is hell!
We weren't too keen about meeting Ken's kin.
Jen and Gene are drinking gin.
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following sentences containing / æ /, /ɛ/ and /eI/ :
Matt has met his perfect mate.
Can* Ken walk without a cane ?
Jen, Jane and Jan are sisters.
* "can" in this case is unstressed, so it will usually be pronounced /KIn/ by native speakers. (See podcast#8)
Training tip: Practice these sentences on a daily basis . It only takes a few minutes to repeat these sentences a few times.
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