Free English Pronunciation and Accent Reduction Lessons
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Saturday November 8th, 2008
In this weeks podcast, we're going to review the front vowels . The front vowels are the vowels which we've covered up to this point:
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Exercise: Review of front vowels /i/, /I/, /ɛ/ eI / and / æ /. This exercise creates a clear distinction between these vowels . Listen and repeat the groups of words, paying careful attention to the vowel differences within them.
seat sit set sate sat
meet / meat mitt met mate mat/Matt
dean din den Dane Dan
heel/heal hill hell hail Hal
beat bit bet bait bat
read rid red/read raid "rad"
keen kin ken cane can
Exercise : Listen and repeat the following sentnces containing the /i/ , /I/ and /ɛ/ sounds.
I couldn't sit in my seat during the set.
Walking uphill in high heels is hell!
We weren't too keen about meeting Ken's kin.
Jen and Gene are drinking gin.
Exercise: Listen and repeat the following sentences containing / æ /, /ɛ/ and /eI/ :
Matt has met his perfect mate.
Can* Ken walk without a cane ?
Jen, Jane and Jan are sisters.
* "can" in this case is unstressed, so it will usually be pronounced /KIn/ by native speakers. (See podcast#8)
Training tip: Practice these sentences on a daily basis . It only takes a few minutes to repeat these sentences a few times.
It's important to have good tools to practice with. I recommend Best Accent Training mp3s!
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Thank you and see you next time!
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