Vowels – an exercise in pronunciations


a – apple, e – email, i – iPhone, o – ok, u – YouTube 

1. Try to pronounce all the words below.

Me, tree, three, people, V, ship, ticket, this, king, shilling, bed, pen, yes, well, Paris, can, Spanish, past, dark, arm, car, hard, knot, wash, song, from, rock, coffee, all, small, ball, morning, full, look, good, foot, book, who, move, noon, loo, two, up, cup, sun, sum, her, Thursday, burn, work, under, father, address, servant, Saturday, say, baby, train, plate, table, waiter, no, smoke, motor, hotel, ice, eye, side, flower, cloud, hour, now, boy, noise, boil, voice, dear, clear, beer, ear, chair, hair, here, for, door, floor.

2. Do you know the meaning to all the above words?

3. Video:  This short film is based on an archival sound recording taken from the 1945 Linguaphone series ‘English Pronunciation – A practical handbook for the foreign learner.’


Task: Try to repeat each word just after you hear it.



4. Look back at the list of words in part 1

What images can you remember for the words?

Try to describe the images from at least 10 words.

 5. Try these tongue twisters

Ice cream: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

I thought of thinking: I thought, I thought of thinking of thanking you

Can you can a can: Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?

Spell New York: Knife and a fork, bottle and a cork, that is the way you spell New York.

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