The American Accent: Pronunciation Of The Vowels

Many students of English have a definite accent because they pronounce English with the vowels of these language. They make this error because the English vowels are 'something similar to' the vowel sounds of these indigenous language, but they are not the same!

It is inadequate to hear radio and TELEVISION. Many people will only hear the sounds of their indigenous language and will not learn to pronounce the different sounds of-a new language for example Engl...

The English Vowel SEEMS

Many students of English have a distinct feature simply because they pronounce English with the vowels of these language. They commit this error because the English vowels are 'something like' the vowel sounds of these indigenous language, but they are not the same!

It is insufficient to listen to radio and TELEVISION. Most of the people will only hear the sounds of their native language and won't learn how to pronounce the different sounds of-a new language including English.

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Let's look at the 'real' vowels that are contained in many languages. They are called natural because they've set sound, like this of a note of well-tuned musical instrument. These vowels are produced without any interference by the lips, teeth or tongue. It's important to understand that when we talk of the vowels a, e, i, e, u, we are talking of the vowel sounds, not of the lettersof the alphabet. This really is essential to keep in mind in English since the same letter often represents a different sound in the English spelling. We are going to indicate the sounds by enclosing them in brackets: /a/, /e/, /i/, /o/, /u/, and the characters in quotes: 'a', 'e', 'i', 'o', 'u.'

In these section, you can get an instant look at the English vowels that sound 'something like' the vowel sounds represented by the words 'a', 'elizabeth', 'i', 'o', 'u' in lots of languages. In the rest of the book, we will take a look at them with increased detail and you'll even be able to listen to them distinct. (For the book but only available in Spanish see: We shall also consider the other English vowel sounds that are peculiar to English and aren't present in most other languages.

These sounds of English are similar (maybe not the same!) for the sounds /a/, /e/, /i/, /o/, /u/ inside your language.

The English vowel of the word marijuana is pronounced just like the letter 'a' in several languages. Learn once and for all that in some words the letter 'e' is pronounced just like the 'a' within your language! That is just how it's. If you do not like it, you will not change the language. It's easier to work on your pronunciation from the beginning.

The English 'e' within the word May.

The English 'i' in-the word feet.

The English 'o' within the word goal.

The English 'u' in the word moon

We are going to focus on the five vowel appears as /a/, /e/, /i/, /o/, /u/ as represented by the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). These are the pure vowel sounds that are present in English just as in lots of other languages.

The first natural vowel SOUND in English (represented by the letter 'a' in many languages) is represented by the letter 'e' In English. We repeat: you just need to get used to the. As an example the English term lot is pronounced as if it were lat in other languages.

You open your mouth wide when you get this to sound. This sound appear in the words father, vehicle, top, container and is German Vater, achtung, machen, etc, or the sam-e sound as the Spanish words padre, carro, tapa, pata.

This sound is a form of the English vowel sound /o/ (the 'short o ') and not of the /a/. Therefore the 'o' represents this sound more regularly compared to 'a.' In order to avoid confusion it's good to work with a book that has the designs of the International Phonetic Alphabet, the IPA.

Sure, it is often easier to listen to a native speaker but sometimes there's no necessity one around. As an example, when you research a word in the dictionary you will know how to pronounce it-if the dictionary has the IPA symbols.

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Let's go on to one other vowels /e/, /i/, /o/, /u/ or rather the sounds in English which are represented by these characters.

These sounds in English are not 'pure', as-in a number of other languages, since almost they always end with another sound. They end up with a slight 'i' or 'u' noise according to which vowel it's. We will see this in more detail. Some teachers say that they've a little 'tail' by the end.

If you pronounce the /e/ sound in English without the small 'tail' at the conclusion, you'll maybe not be saying this sound precisely.

In the musical My Fair Lady, the teacher tries to show the pronunciation of the English /e/ with the expression, 'The rain in Spain falls mainly on the basic.'

Your mouth is extended to the factors once you make the /i/ noise. Remember this /i/ sound is seldom spelled with the letter 'i' in English.

There's very little 'end' after the sound of the /i/ in English in words such as legs, pea.However, the /i/ is slightly longer than in other languages. So you must exaggerate it and you will be almost right.

If you pronounce the vowel /o/ of the word phone (telephone) exactly like the sounds boy or ton in lots of languages (without the 'tail ') you will be speaking with a marked accent. The /o/ sound in English is not real. You've to complete the vowel with the 'tail' of the little /u/ sound.

You've to sense your lips move as you pronounce the English /o/. They don't stay still as in other languages. As you finish the 'e' sound your lips make a round form like you offering a hug.

Similarly to the /i/ sound, there's very little 'trail' after the English /u/ sound.

You'll have a rather good pronunciation by simply prolonging the vowel.

Your lips are rounded once you make the /u/ sound.

Summary of the English Vowels

The five basic vowel sounds of several languages are present in English but with-the following observations:

1. The vowel that's represented by the letter 'a' in lots of languages, more often appears in words with 'o.' This sound is pronounced without change in English. But, the other vowels, /e/, /i/, /o/, /u/, each one is pronounced in a specifically English manner. /e/ and /o/ have marked 'tails.' The /i/ ends up in an /i/ sound. And the /o/ finishes using a /u/ noise. The /i/ /u/ don't have tails, nevertheless they are extended.

2. English spelling has very little to do with the sounds it represents. Or to include another way, English isn't pronounced the way it's spelled.

The /a/ sound is the vowel sound of the English word pot.

The /e/ noise (often with-the 'tail ') could be spelled many ways: may possibly, weigh, they.

The sound /i/ (only a little lengthened) can be used in lots of different ways: feet, pea, area, get.

The sound /o/ (using its /u/ end) is represented in the next ways: mortgage, enemy, however, hit, owe. Click here the to explore the inner workings of this belief.

The sound /u/ (a bit lengthened) shows up under in unanticipated ways in the English words moon and through.

Strange spelling in English! Right? However the spelling in still another problem! We shall arrive at it. For that second, only focus on the pronunciation.

One method to remember would be to consider when you speak English how you shape your moth. I found out about by searching books in the library. Discover more on an affiliated URL by browsing to Try and imagine that you're smiling when you complete a word that ends with the /i/ noise. When you complete the word Might you stretch your lips.

Equally, make the attempt to consider offering a hug if you complete a word that ends with all the /u/ noise. You end the sound of the /o/ in the word pass puckering your lips like you were planning to strike out a candle or give a kiss. Browse here at the link to discover the purpose of it.

Don't forget! We've been talking of the vowel sounds, perhaps not the characters of the alphabet that often represent them. The word foot gets the sam-e /o/ sound because the words get, move, nevertheless, and sweetheart. We'll look at spelling a tad bit more in the rest of the book, 'Leer Es Poder' durante

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