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Friday September 19th, 2008
In today's podcast, we're going to learn two very important vowels in English: the vowels /ɛ / and /eI/.
The focus of today's lesson is:
How to articulate /ɛ / correctly:
tongue: mid, forward, raise tip slightly , sides gently touch back teeth
lips: slightly spread
jaw: relaxed, somewhat open
Exercise: Listen and repeat /ɛ /.
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following words containing /ɛ / :
test... yes.. men... said... best... friend... message... heaven... wealthy
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following expressions and idioms
Don't sweat it. (Don't worry about it)
How to pronounce /eI/ correctly:
How to articulate /eI/ :
tongue: Start in /ɛ / and raise your tonue into /i/
lips: spread gradually
Exercise: Try going from /ɛ / to / i / very slowly, blending the two sounds.
Now, try going from /ɛ / to / i / a litle faster
Exercise: Listen and repeat /eI/ at a normal rate of speech: .
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following words which contain /eI/:
name...take...game...taste...date.. .mistake.. .famous... patient...
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following expressions and idioms which contain /eI/:
Developing a clear distinction between /ɛ/ and /eI/
When pronouncing /eI/ be sure to bring your tongue all the way up into / i /. Don't drop the second half of the vowel.
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following pairs of words:
/ɛ / /eI/
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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