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Saturday October 18th, 2008
The focus of today's lesson is:
Developing a clear distinction between / æ / and /ɛ/:
When pronouncing /æ /, be sure to drop your jaw, spread your lips and flatten and spread your tongue.
If you have not listened to podcasts #4 and #6, (how to pronounce /ɛ/ and /æ/ ), I strongly recommend you do so before trying the next exercise.
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following pairs of words, paying careful attention to the difference in vowel sounds:
Developing a clear distinction between /æ/ and /a/
Perhaps, many students incorrectly substitue /a/ for /æ/ because in their native language, the letter <a>is pronounced /a/. There are even some words in English in which the letter <a> is pronounced /a/.
When pronouncing /a/, drop your jaw, keep your tongue flat and towards the back. Lips are neutral.
The difference: lips are spread and tongue is forward for /æ/.
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following pairs of words paying careful attention to the difference in vowel sounds:
/æ/ /a /
Hearing and prounouncing the difference between these vowels often takes time, practice and a lot of patience but with practice, you will get it!
Accent reduction is a lot like training in sports, music and dance:
Practice, repetition- training gives you results!
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Thank you and see you next time!
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