Free English Pronunciation and Accent Reduction Lessons
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Thursday October 9th, 2008
In today's podcast, we're going to learn an important vowel in English: the vowel /æ/.
The focus of today's lesson is:
How to articulate / æ / correctly:
tongue: low, flat, forward, spread sides
jaw: drops, lowers
This sound requires a lot of movement. It's important to flatten your tongue, lower your jaw and spread your lips. Feel the sides of your tongue spread out. Don't be shy about opening your mouth. This is the right way to pronounce / æ /.
I recommend that you use a mirror to check the position of your mouth.
If you watch television news anchors, you'll notice they move their mouth a lot; their jaw drops and their lips spread.
Exercise: Listen and repeat /æ /.
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following words containing /æ/ :
cat... tan... gas...band...dance...have... answer...passport... challenge...program
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following expressions and idioms
Do you have a passport? .
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