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Practicing 3 Vowel Sounds in Head-Hat-Hot

The English spelling system has 5 letters that represent the vowels  A-E-I-O-U (and sometimes Y), but when talking, these vowels have at least 20-different vowel sounds!

Pronouncing English vowels are defined by changes made with the tongue, the degree of muscle tension (tense or relaxed), and lip movements. These tiny little changes make a BIG difference successfully communicating your intended words.  For example, the comparisons below show that if  you try to pronounce a word with one vowel sound, ex: head,  but pronounce the word with a different sound, the desired word may sound more like ‘had’, ‘hat’, or ‘hot’.   This week’s podcast will help you hear the differences and give you words to practice saying the differences.

Listen to Ep. 26  Pronouncing English With Pam Podcast

 

/ɛ/ This is a relaxed sound. Our mouth is open slightly, lips are neutral.
pen, men, slept, head, better

/æ/ tense sound (mouth open). lips are back slightly.
fast, had, slap, clap, man, pan, Pam

/ɑ/ tense sound (mouth is open the most), lips are forward a little or neutral.
stop, daughter, fought

Can you say these two words differently?

/ɛ/ – /æ/
head -had
men -man
guess- gas
said- sad
slept -slapped
end- and
then- than

/ɑ/- /æ/
hot-hat
mop-map
rock-rack

How did you do? Do you have difficulty hearing the difference between words?  Tell me in the comments below!

 

Pronouncing WO – Two Ways!

Wow! This week was International Women’s Day.  Let’s celebrate all of the women in our lives and their achievements. Now is the time to raise awareness against bias and make an effort to take action for equality.
In honor of all women in the world, please enjoy this lesson about pronouncing the words ‘woman’ and ‘women’.

Pronouncing the W in English requires the lips to be fully rounded and pushed forward a bit. Many of my students are able to form their lips correctly, but attaching the next vowel sound is the difficult part. In this lesson you will practice W +  (two different) vowels:

  • W + /ʊ​​​​/ the sound in the word “put”​​​ (listen to me on the recording) as in the word WOMAN
  • W + /ɪ/ the sound in the word “it” (listen to me on the recording) as in the word WOMEN.

And finally pay attention to the last syllable in both of the words:

  • woMAN and woMEN are pronounced the same even though they are spelled differently! Pronounce this reduced syllable as if you are saying “MIN”

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Use Your Voice Like A Pro!

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Ordering At Starbucks-Varieties of Coffee and L Sounds!

Practice the American English pronunciation when learning how to order sizes, flavors and menu choices from Starbucks. Let’s listen to some of the L pronunciations. I guarantee you will learn a new pronunciation in this lesson! Listen to this recording and review the words listed below.

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PODCAST- Sound like a native saying the phrase ” I have to”

Learning a new new language usually helps us speak in sentences and read or write in our new language. With advanced studying you can become pretty good talking to others in a variety of speaking situations. You may even be able to say words comfortably. But learning to sound FLUENT and more NATURAL will help you transform into a confident and intelligable speaker. You can do it!

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PODCAST Pronouncing “our” It’s not what you think!

Was your English Teacher wrong? There are major differences with learning how to pronounce a word in it’s complete form and how we actually pronounce words in real conversation. Listen to this podcast lesson and this will change your pronunciation of this simple, common word.

 

PODCAST-Compare Common Words That Begin With “PRO”

Learn two different ways to pronounce words that begin with the syllable PRO.

Practice 12 everyday words!

 

PODCAST- 10 Common Words with Dropped Syllables

Finally a lesson where you can say less sounds!

Become familiar with these common words in American English and you will amaze your friends with your native-like pronunciation skills. Your friends will not know why you sound amazing, they will just notice that you are speaking English the correct way.

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