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Phonetics: The sounds of American English

Key to pronunciation The pronunciations given are those in use among educated urban speakers of standard English in Britain and the United States. While avoiding strongly regionally or socially marked forms, they are intended to include the most common variants for each word. The keywords given are to be understood as pronounced in such speech. This key is to the pronunciations given in revised entries. For pronunciations in unrevised entries, see this key.

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English Vowel Sounds A vowel letter can represent different vowel sounds: hat [hæt], hate [heit], all [o:l], art [a:rt], any ['eni]. (Одна гласная буква может передавать разные гласные звуки: hat [hæt], hate [heit], all [o:l], art [a:rt], any ['eni].) The same vowel sound is often represented by different vowel letters in writing: [ei] they, weigh, may, cake, steak, rain. TipsforEnglish <p>[Javascript required to view Flash movie, please turn it on and refresh this page]</p> A successful English course should, in particular, help learners speak English, accurately and fluently. Most English courses try to spread the language learning into four skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking which is ok if you have many years to dedicate to learning the language. However, if the student can demonstrate a good grasp of the speaking skill, that student will usually have good results with the other skills. Therefore, the most important concept for the language learner and the teacher is that the student must speak English and communicate throughout the lesson.

American English Pronunciation Lesson: High Starting Pitches Purpose of a high starting pitch A speaker can use a high starting pitch to note two things: The speaker has a different opinion or attitude than the previous speaker The speaker intends to shift to a new topic The greater the height of the pitch, the more dramatically the speaker intends to shift the topic or disagrees with the previous speaker. Example of statement high starting pitch The following dialog illustrates use of high starting pitches to show differences of opinion between speakers. Color Words Magnet Book Use this magnet book to help "make learning stick" when it comes to color words! Click on the image for your freebie! Tabitha Carro

What's the difference between Schwa (/ə/) and Wedge (/ʌ/)? - Notes from a Linguistic Mystic Today, I’d like to discuss a question which troubles many people when they’re first learning to use the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA): What is the difference between the Schwa (/ə/) and Wedge/Carat/Caret (/ʌ/) symbols, and how can you tell which is which in transcription? The basic idea of the IPA is that every sound used contrastively in language should have one symbol associated with it. This makes sense and is quite true until we come upon a phonetics textbook which has something like the following for descriptions of the different English vowels: /ʌ/: Used in words like “cut”, “mutt”, “butter”, “nun” or “luck” /ə/: Used in words like “sofa”, “photograph”, or “adore”

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Uh, What’s a Schwa? On Language By Philologos Published January 23, 2008, issue of January 25, 2008 . In a discussion several days ago of the deletion in spoken American English of the word “of” in the expression “a couple of,” so that “a couple of friends” becomes “a couple friends,” New York Times language columnist William Safire wrote: “The couple of… merges into couple a (which I would spell coupluh). As I get it, the of dribbles down to a schwa (uh) and then to nothing. Pronunciation Diagnostic Aug 30, 2012 @ 2:03am The following diagnostic will help me determine any weaknesses and problems in your pronunciation. You can then use this information to work on specific trouble areas you have. This diagnostic focuses mostly on phonetics (i.e. sounds), but stress, intonation, and rhythm will also be looked at. Using a recording app on your smartphone or computer, please record each part as a separate file. Send them in one email to with the email subject as “Pronunciation Diagnostic – Your Name – Student ID”.

Vowel Classification Vowels are characterized by: - Tongue Height - Tongue Advancement - Lip Rounding - Tense/ Lax Vowel

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