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Saturday, September 12th, 2008
In today's podcast, we're going to learn and practice the various spelling patterns of consonantl /ʃ /. as in the words "ship", "motion" and "tissue".
*I strongly recommend that you listen to podcast # 45 (the consonant /ʃ/) before this one!
The focus of today's lesson is:
One of the most challenging aspects of learning English pronuciation is that one sound can have a few different speling patterns.
Unfortunately this isn' t the case in English.
Spelling Patterns of /ʃ/
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following words containing /ʃ/ spelled with <sh>:
shake... shoe... fashion... cash... wish...
Spelling pattern #2: /ʃ / spelled <ti> in unstressed endings :
Exercise : Listen and repeat the following words containing /ʃ/ spelled <ti>:
caution ... station ... partial ... patient ... potential ...
Spelling pattern #3 /ʃ / spelled <ci> in unstressed endings :
Exercise : Listen and repeat the following words containing /ʃ/ spelled <ci>
Found in suffixes (word endings) <cian> ,<cial>
musician ... special ... official ... delicious ... appreciate ...
Important Exceptions: strange spellings of /ʃ/ .
Spelling Pattern #4: /ʃ / spelled <ch> :
Exercise : Listen and repeat the following words containing /ʃ/ spelled <ch>:
Chicago ... machine ... mustache ... Michelle
Spelling Pattern #5: /ʃ / spelled <su> :
Exercise : Listen and repeat the following words containing /ʃ/ spelled <su>:
sure ... sugar ... insurance ... issue ... tissue ...
One of the best ways to memorize these strange spellings is to use these words in sentences -practice them.
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following phrases which contain words with exceptional spellings of /ʃ/:
Now that you've become aware of the various spelling patterns of /ʃ/, I encourage you to practice this sound as often as possible.
Practice is Key!
Speaking English clearly and correctly takes a lot of practice.
The more you practice the vowel sounds, the more you'll develop muscle memory - the ability to say the sound automatically and correctly.
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Thank you and see you next time!
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