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Saturday, September 27th, 2008
In today's podcast, we're going to continue to learn and practice the important vowel /E /.
*I strongly recommend that you listen to podcast #4 (Vowels /E/ and /eI/ ) 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. Unfortunately, this isn't the case in Engilsh.
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following words containing / E / spelled with <e>+<consonant>:
yes... left... tell... sex... invest
Spelling pattern #2 / E / spelled <ea> (less common):
Exercise : Listen and repeat the following words containing /E/ spelled <ea>
head... weather...bread... pleasure...breakfast... dead... sweatshirt...
Important Exceptions: strange spellings of /E / .
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following words which contain /E/:
guess... guest... says... said... again... against... any... many... friend...
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 /E/
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